Anthony Fan

  • Scholarship in 2015 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

(Featured picture: Anthony (left) and his colleague Rishi Singh at a local elementary school leading outreach activities to teach nanotechnologies.) An alumnus of Diocesan Boys' School (CE, 2007), Northeastern University (BS, 2013), and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MS, 2015), Anthony is continuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Illinois. He has previously worked on a variety of projects, in both industrial and academic settings, that were related to biotechnologies. These include a lab-on-a-chip blood diagnostics device (MGH, HMS), a study on spinal implants (DePuy Spine, J&J), a low-cost biological tribology tester (Northeastern), and a study on the mechanoregulation of OA chondrocytes (HKU).


For his current work, Anthony is asking if mechanial stimuli have roles to play in neural functions and biological morphogenesis. He combines mechanics, micro-device fabrication, electrophysiology, fluorescence microscopy, and digital signal processing to design experiments and address research questions. His primary animal model is Drosophila.