About me

I am currently a Research Scientist and Tech Lead in Meta Reality Labs Research, where I am working at the intersection of microfluidics and soft robotics to develop enabling technologies to solve extended reality (XR) interaction problems. Please see the most recent media coverage on the work that the team is working here.

Previously, I held the position as Sr. Microfluidic Engineer in JUUL Labs, developing alternatives for adult smokers to transition away from traditional combustible cigarettes. Prior to that, I was a Tech Lead, specialized in microfluidics research and engineering, in Purigen Biosystems, a startup company developing hands-free solutions for extracting and quantifying nucleic acids from biological samples.

I obtained my PhD degree in 2016 from the department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. I did my doctoral research under the guidance of Prof. Juan Santiago in Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory. My past research projects include developing biological sample preparation and purification techniques using isotachophoresis and developing high performance multi-stage and solar-compatible water desalination systems using capacitive deionization. I was also a recipient of Lawrence Scholar Fellowship from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. I work with Dr. Michael Stadermann to scale up desalination capacity of flow-through electrode capacitive deionization systems through phased charging.

I co-founded and led the organization Bay Area Microfluidics Network from 2017-2021. Bay Area Microfluidics Network is a non-profit organization that brings together regional leaders in microfluidic technologies to foster innovation and collaboration, both in academia and in industry.

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Email: yatianqu@gmail.com

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