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UH Manoa Engineering Professor Receives NSF Grant for Research in Biomedical Engineering

Yuling Yan's research to focus on advancing understanding of voice disorders in diseases

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: May 7, 2004

HONOLULU — Yuling Yan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has been awarded a peer-reviewed, individual investigator grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for $321,475 over a three-year period.

Yan received the grant for her project entitled "Develop Analytical Tools for High-speed Laryngeal Imaging in Clinical Applications." The grant will support her research program in an emerging area of biomedical engineering that will focus on advancing understanding of voice disorders in diseases, including laryngeal cancer and Parkinson‘s disease.

Biomedical engineering research borrows concepts and techniques from engineering and medicine to create new knowledge, devices and discoveries to improve human health. Yan has gained unique expertise and insights in this area from her postdoctoral trainings and faculty positions in both engineering and biomedical science.

Prior to joining UH Mānoa in 2002, Yan was a faculty member with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ryukyus, Japan, and held positions in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also conducted postdoctoral research at McGill University in Canada, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Germany, and Keio University in Japan. In addition, Yan is the co-principal investigator on a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health with Professor Gerard Marriott of the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study the role of protein dynamics in heart disease.

NSF is an independent federal agency established in 1950 to promote and advance scientific progress in the United States. It invests nearly $5 billion each year in research and education projects in science and engineering.

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