Frank Yin

Frank Yin

Emeritus Professor

Biomedical Engineering

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MD, University of California-San Diego, 1973
PhD, University of California-San Diego, 1970
MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1967
BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1965


Conducts research with applications to cancer & tissue healing


Frank Yin's research interests encompass soft tissue biomechanics, cell mechanics and hemodynamics. Currently, his research work involves determining how cells respond morphologically, functionally and genetically to various mechanical stimuli.

He also utilizes nanoindentation with atomic force microscopy to determine the dynamic mechanical properties of cell and sub cellular constituents. This research has applications to cancer, as well as tissue healing and remodeling.


Professor Yin is a founding fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has recently served as president of the Biomedical Engineering Society, editor-in-chief of the ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, and a member of the national advisory council of the National Institute of Biological Imaging and Bioengineering. He is also a member of numerous academic and industrial advisory boards.

In 1997, Professor Yin came to Washington University in St. Louis from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to lead the Department of Biomedical Engineering. From 1978 to 1997, he had appointments in medicine (cardiology), physiology, and biomedical engineering departments at Johns Hopkins University.