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Yi Xiao

Associate Professor

Chemistry and Biochemistry; Biomolecular Sciences Institute

Office: CP 306

Phone: 305-348-4536


Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Xiao's research will pave the way to bring highly sensitive sensors with great specificity into portable micro/nano-sized devices, which will impact the most pressing problems associated with analytical life sciences, including clinical diagnosis, drug abuse test, food safety and environmental pollution monitoring.

  • Nanomaterial-Based Biosensors
  • DNA-Based Biosensors
  • In vitro Directed Evolution

Research Areas

  • Biosensors and biomaterials and their applications in solving a broad range of problems in vitro and in vivo
  • Employing new biomaterials, nanomaterials and new platforms to design ultra-sensitive sensors for specific in vitro or in vivo sensing in complex sample at the point-of-care
  • High specificity is achieved via biotechnology platforms - innovative selection technology (SELEX) are used to generate bio-functionalized elements capable of performing specific target recognition, and high sensitivity is obtained with subsequent biomolecular cascading, self-assembled amplifications


  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Nanjing University, P.R. China
  • MS in Analytical Chemistry, Northwest University, P.R. China
  • BS in Analytical Chemistry, Nanjing University, P.R. China