Focus Session 7, Focus Session Invited Speaker

Wei Gao

California Institute of Technology, CA
Presenter Bio

Wei Gao is an Assistant Professor of Medical
Engineering, Ronald and JoAnne Willens Scholar, and Heritage
Medical Research Institute (HMRI) Investigator in Division of
Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of
Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at
the University of California, San Diego in 2014 as a Jacobs
Fellow and an HHMI International Student Research Fellow. In
2014-2017, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University
of California, Berkeley.
He is an Associate Editor of Science Advances. He is a recipient of Pittsburgh Conference
Achievement Award, Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award, Sloan
Research Fellowship, 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, IEEE EMBS Early Career
Achievement Award, IEEE Sensor Council Technical Achievement Award, MIT
Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35, and ACS DIC Young Investigator Award.
He is a Highly Cited Researcher (Web of Science), a World Economic Forum Young
Scientist, a member of Global Young Academy, and a National Academy of Engineering’s
USFOE alumnus. His research interests include wearable biosensors, digital medicine,
micro/nanorobotics, bioelectronics, and nanomedicine.
For more information about Gao’s research, visit www.gao.caltech.edu.

Abstract: Skin-Interfaced Wearable Biosensors
The rising research interest in personalized medicine promises to revolutionize traditional medical practices. This presents a tremendous opportunity for developing wearable devices toward predictive analytics and treatment. In this talk, I will introduce our efforts in developing fully-integrated skin-interfaced biosensors for non-invasive molecular analysis. Such wearable biosensors can continuously, selectively, and accurately measure a broad spectrum of sweat analytes including metabolites, electrolytes, hormones, drugs, and other small molecules. The clinical value of our wearable sensing platforms is evaluated through multiple human studies involving both healthy and patient populations toward physiological monitoring, nutritional monitoring, disease diagnosis, mental health assessment, and drug personalization. This talk will feature our recent works on self-powered battery-free electronic skins and mHealth-based biosensors for multiplexed COVID-19 diagnosis and management. These wearable and flexible devices could open the door to a wide range of personalized monitoring, diagnostic, and therapeutic applications.

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