Carnegie Mellon University

Kai Yu

Kai Yu

Research Scientist, Biomedical Engineering

Scott Hall 4N300C
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Research Interests

  • Biomedical Functional Imaging
  • Biomedical Instrumentation


  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2018
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 2012
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 2009
  • UPA, Chu Kochen Honors College, Zhejiang University, China, 2008

Honors and Awards

  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship: "High-resolution Neuroimaging-guided Brain Stimulation using Low-intensity Transcranial Focused Ultrasound", Graduate School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA 2016-2017

  • Distinguished Peer Reviewer: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine 29 December 2015

  • Best Student Poster Award 1st Place: "In Vivo Monitoring of Tumor Growth in A Mouse Cancer Model Using High-resolution Electrical-conductivity Contrast Imaging", The Institute for Engineering in Medicine 2015 Annual Conference and Retreat, Minneapolis, USA 21 September 2015

  • MnDRIVE Graduate Research Fellowship: "MnDrive Brain Conditions Graduate Research Fellowship for the proposed work on acousto-electromagnetic stimulation of neural tissues", Minnesota's Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy, Minneapolis, USA 25 August 2015 - 24 August 2016

  • Gold Medal: P. Wang, K. Yu, Y. Wang, and D. Wang, "e-Nose for Lung Cancer Diagnosis: An Accurate, Fast, Low-cost and Non-invasive Method for Early Diagnosis of Lung Cancer", The 40th International Exhibition of Inventions, Geneva, Switzerland 18-22 April 2012

  • Excellent Postgraduate Students Award: Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China March 2012

  • Provincial Level Outstanding Graduate Award: Zhejiang Province, China March 2012

  • 1st Place Award: K. Yu, Y. Wang, C. Zhao and L. Wang, "A Fast Screening System for Lung Cancer in the Early Stage", The 12th Challenge Cup Academic Works Contest of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China May 2011

  • Best Innovation Award: K. Yu, Y.Wang, and N. Hu, "An Instrumentation Design of Electronic Nose for General Human Exhaled Breath Analysis", The 2nd NXP (Philips Semiconductors) Cup Innovation Contest of the Greater China, Shanghai, China December 2008

Selected Publications

  • Yu K, Niu X, Krook-Magnuson E, He B: "Intrinsic Cell-type Selectivity and Inter-neuronal Connectivity Alteration by Transcranial Focused Ultrasound," bioRxiv, 576066, 2019.

  • Yu K, Sohrabpour A, He B: "Electrophysiological Source Imaging of Brain Networks Perturbed by Low-intensity Transcranial Focused Ultrasound," IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 63: 1787-1794, doi:10.1109/TBME.2016.2591924, 2016. (Cover Article)

  • Li X, Yu K, He B: "Magnetoacoustic Tomography with Magnetic Induction (MAT-MI) for Imaging Electrical Conductivity of Biological Tissue: A Tutorial Review," Physics in Medicine and Biology, 61: R249, 2016.

  • Yu K, Shao Q, Ashkenazi S, Bischof JC, He B: "In Vivo Electrical Conductivity Contrast Imaging in a Mouse Model of Cancer Using High-frequency Magnetoacoustic Tomography with Magnetic Induction (hfMAT-MI)," IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 35: 2301-2311, doi:10.1109/TMI.2016.2560146, 2016.

  • Mariappan L, Shao Q, Jiang C, Yu K, Ashkenazi S, Bischof JC, He B: "Magneto Acoustic Tomography with Short Pulsed Magnetic Field for In Vivo Imaging of Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles," Nanomedicine, 12: 689-699, doi:10.1016/j.nano.2015.10.014, 2016.

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