Yifei Yao

Dr. Yifei Yao is currently a tenure track assistant professor on biomechanics. He got the B.E. in Biomedical Engineering and B.S. in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2012. In 2016, he got the PhD degree from Biomedical Engineering in the Chinese University of Hong Kong under the supervision of Prof Arthur F.T. Mak. Since 2016, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Cleveland Clinic, USA. Since 2019, he joined the School of Biomedical Engineering in Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Engineering Research Center of Digital Medicine and Clinical Translation. He also worked as a visiting scholar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sheffield University, UK. His research focuses on the cellular biomechanics, orthopedic clinical biomechanics, multiphysics finite element modeling, dynamic ultrasound imaging processing, biomaterials and rehabilitation engineering. His research motivation is to provide support to the prevention, diagnosis and intervention in diseases through multiscale biomechanics. He published over 20 SCI papers, including Journal of Biomechanics, NPG Asia Materials, Nanoscale, Clinical Biomechanics, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Journal of Orthopaedic Translation. Dr Yao is a member of Orthopaedic Research Society and life member of World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers (WACBE). He serves as editorial member of Medicine in Novel Technology and Devices, and reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering; Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials; Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering,Medical Engineering & Physics,Journal of Wrist Surgery,Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering. He was awarded Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence in 2014, and Pujiang Talent Plan in 2019 in Shanghai and Young Scholar Award of 9th WACBE in 2019.

Soft tissue biomechanics, Cellular biomechanics, Tissue engineering and biomaterials, Finite element modeling, Ultrasound imaging, Rehabilitation Engineering. Clinical translation through multiscale biomechanics research.
Research Project

1. Shanghai Pujiang Talent Program (19PJ1406400)

2. Interdisciplinary Program of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (YG2019ZDB02; YG2021QN142)

3. The National Key Research and Development Program of China (2019YFC0120600)

4. Innovation Research Plan supported by Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (ZXWF082101/063)


1. Yifei Yao, Emily Grandy, Peter J. Evans, William H. Seitz, Jr., Zong-Ming Li (2020) Location‐dependent change of median nerve mobility in the carpal tunnel of patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Muscle & Nerve 62 (4), 522-527

2. Yifei Yao, Emily Grandy, Lenicia Jenkins, Juliet Hou, Peter J. Evans, William H. Seitz, Jr., Zong-Ming Li (2019) Changes of Median Nerve Conduction, Cross-sectional Area and Mobility by Radioulnar Wrist Compression Intervention in Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Journal of Orthopaedic Translation 18, 13-19.

3. Yifei Yao, Emily Grandy, Peter J. Evans, William H. Seitz, Jr., Zong-Ming Li (2018) Enhancement in Median Nerve Mobility during Radioulnar Wrist Compression in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Patients. Clinical Biomechanics 60, 83-88.
4. Xiaoyu Chen*, Chaoqun Dong*, Kongchang Wei*, Yifei Yao*, Qian Feng, Kunyu Zhang, Fengxuan Han, Fuk Tat Mak, Bin Li and Liming Bian (2018) Supramolecular Hydrogels Cross-Linked by Preassembled Host-Guest PEG Cross-Linkers Resist Excessive, Ultrafast, and Non-resting Cyclic Compression. NPG Asia Materials 10, 788-799 (*equal contribution; IF=9.157).
5. Yifei Yao, Ahmet Erdemir, Zong-Ming Li (2018) Finite Element Analysis of Transverse Carpal Ligament Tensile Strain and Carpal Arch Area. Journal of Biomechanics. 73, 210-216
6. Yifei Yao, Lucas Xian Da Ong, Xiaotong Li, Kinlun Wan, Arthur FT Mak, (2017) Effects of Biowastes Released by Mechanically Damaged Muscle Cells on the Propagation of Deep Tissue Injury: A Multiphysics Study. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 45(3): 761-774.
7. Yifei Yao, Arthur Mak (2016) Strengthening of C2C12 Mouse Myoblasts against Compression Damage by Mild Cyclic Compressive Stimulation. Journal of Biomechanics, 49(16), 3956-3961.
8. Yifei Yao, Damien Lacroix, Arthur Mak (2016) Effects of Oxidative Stress-induced Changes in the Actin Cytoskeletal Structure on Myoblast Damage under Compressive Stress: Confocal-based Cell-specific Finite Element Analysis. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 15 (6), 1495-1508
9. Yifei Yao, Zhitao Xiao, Singwan Wong, Yu-Chun Hsu, Truman Cheng, Chih-Chieh Chang, Liming Bian, Arthur Mak (2015) The effects of oxidative stress on the compressive damage thresholds of C2C12 mouse myoblasts—implications for deep tissue injury. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 43(2):287–296.


The World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers (WACBE), Life Member

Member of Orthopaedic Research Society

Honor Award

The 9th WACBE World Congress in Bioengineering, Young Scholar Award, 2019

Award of the Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence, CUHK,2014