Yong Wang

Yong Wang

Assistant Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-4313

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Dr. Yong Wang received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California Los Angeles in 2011. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Physics of Living Cells (funded by NSF) and Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2011-2014. He then was funded by the Human Frontier Science Program and worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto in 2014-2016. Wang’s lab works at the interface between physics, nanotechnology, and biology. The lab develops and utilizes cutting-edge biophysical tools at the single-molecule and single-cell levels to boost advances in biology and physics.


Our lab works at the interface between physics, nanotechnology, and biology. We build cutting-edge biophysical tools to boost advances in biology and to gain fresh views of the nature; and we observe biology and nature to inspire new physics and novel ways to apply physics.

  1. Plasmid Dynamics in Bacteria & Antibiotic Resistance
  2. Bacterial Response to Environment & Adaptation of Life
  3. Conformational Changes and Dynamics of Single Membrane Proteins
  4. Mechanical Control of Proteins and Smart Drugs


  • PHYS 3113 - Analytical Mechanics


Ph.D. - University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) - 2011

M.S. - University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) - 2007

B.S. - University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) - 2005


In/After 2016

  • Wang, Y.#, Penkul, P., and Milstein, J. N.# (2016). Quantitative localization microscopy in combination with DNA smFISH reveals new features of the organization of high-copy number plasmids in bacteria, Biophysical Journal, 111(3), 467-479
    #: Corresponding authors.

Before 2016

  • Wang, Y., Cai, E., Rosenkranz, T., Ge, P., Teng, K. W., Lim, S. J., Smith, A. M., Chung, H. J., Sach, F., Green, W. N., Gottlieb, P., and Selvin, P. R. (2014). Small quantum dots conjugated to nanobodies as immunofluorescence probes for nanometric microscopy,Bioconjugate Chemistry, 25(12): 2205–2211. [pdf]
  • Cai, E., Ge, P., Lee, S. H., Jeyifous, O., Wang, Y., Liu, Y., Wilson, K. M., Lim, S. J., Baird, M. A., Stone, J. E., Lee, K. Y., Davidson, M. W., Chung, H. J., Schulten, K., Smith, A. M., Green, W. N., and Selvin, P. R. (2014). Stable small quantum dots for synaptic receptor tracking on live neurons, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 53(46): 12484–12488. [pdf]
  • Wang, Y. * , Cai, E. * , Sheung, J., Lee, S. H., and Selvin, P. R. (2014). Fluorescence Imaging with One-Nanometer Accuracy (FIONA), Journal of Visualized Experiments, 91:e51774. [pdf]
    *: Equal Contribution
  • Wang, Y., Liu, Y., DeBerg, H. A., Nomura, T., Hoffman, M. T., Rohde, P. R., Schulten, K., Martinac, B., and Selvin, P. R. (2014). Single molecule FRET reveals pore size and opening mechanism of a mechano-sensitive ion channel. eLife, 3, e01834. (In the News) [pdf]
  • Wang, Y., Fruhwirth, G., Cai, E., Ng, T., and Selvin, P. R. (2013). 3D super-resolution imaging with blinking quantum dots. Nano Letters, 13(11), 5233–5241. [pdf]
  • Wang, Y., and Zocchi, G. (2011). Viscoelastic Transition and Yield Strain of the Folded Protein. PLoS ONE, 6(12), e28097. (In the News) [pdf]
  • Qu, H., Wang, Y., Tseng, C. Y., and Zocchi, G. (2011). Critical torque for kink formation in double-stranded DNA. Phys. Rev. X, 1, 021008. [pdf]
  • Wang, Y., and Zocchi, G. (2011). The folded protein as a viscoelastic solid, Europhysics Letters, 96, 18003. [pdf]
  • Wang, Y., and Zocchi, G. (2010). Elasticity of globular proteins measured from the AC susceptibility, Phys. Rev. Lett., 105(23), 238104. (Editor’s Suggestion; highlighted by the Physics Spotlighting Exceptional Research and Materials 360) [pdf]
  • Qu, H., Tseng, C. Y., Wang, Y., Levine, A. J., and Zocchi, G. (2010). The elastic energy of sharply bent nicked DNA, Europhysics Letters, 90, 18003. (In the News) [pdf]
  • Wang, Y., and Zocchi, G. (2010). Shape of fair weather clouds, Phys. Rev. Lett., 104(11), 118502. (Invited to APS Press Conference) [pdf]
  • Wang, Y., Wang, A., Qu, H., and Zocchi, G. (2009). Protein-DNA chimeras: synthesis of two-arm chimeras and non-mechanical effects of the DNA spring, J Phys Condens Matter, 21(33):335103. [pdf]
  • Lai, F., Wang, Y., Li, M., Wang, H., Song, Y., Jiang, Y. (2007). Determination of optical constants and inhomogeneity of optical films by two-step film envelope method, Thin Solid Films, 515(11), 4763-4767. [pdf]
  • Fan, H. Y., and Wang, Y. (2006). Study Hankel Transforms and Properties of Bessel Function via Entangled State Representation Transformation in Quantum Mechanics,Commun. Theor. Phys., 45, 819–824. [pdf]
  • Fan, H. Y., and Wang, Y. (2006). Generating Generalized Bessel Equations by Virtue of Bose Operator Algebra and Entangled State Representations, Commun. Theor. Phys., 45, 71–74. [pdf]


  • 2014–2016, Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2013–2014, Center for the Physics of Living Cells (CPLC) Postdoctoral Fellowship (funded by NSF Physics Frontiers Centers)
  • 2010, University Conference Travel Grant Award, UCLA
  • 2005–2011, University Fee Fellowship, UCLA
  • 2005–2011, University Fellowship, UCLA
  • 2005–2008, University Nonresident Tuition Fellowship, UCLA
  • 2006, 2007, Physics & Astronomy Department Summer Research Award, UCLA
  • 2002, 2004, Outstanding Student Scholarship, USTC
  • 2003, Guanghua Education Scholarship, USTC