Sixian You

Ph.D., UIUC, 2019

Sixian You is the Alfred Henry and Jean Morrison Hayes Career Development Assistant Professor in the MIT EECS department, and a Principal Investigator in the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics. Sixian did her Ph.D. at UIUC, obtained B.S. from HUST optics, and completed her postdoc at UC Berkeley. Her research interests are in biophotonics, microscopy, and computational imaging, with an emphasis on developing hardware and algorithms to overcome longstanding imaging limitations. She has been the recipient of a SCIALOG (Advancing Bioimaging) Award, Amazon Research Award, Microscopy Innovation Award, McGinnis Medical Innovation Graduate Inaugural Fellowship, Computational Science and Engineering Fellowship (UIUC), and Nikon Photomicrography Competition Image of Distinction award. Her work has been featured on the Cancer Research Cover, PNAS Cover, and Nature Communications Editors’ Highlight.


Post Docs

Tong Qiu

Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 2021

Tong is a postdoctoral associate. Her current research interest includes learning-based light sources, wavefront shaping, and nonlinear microscopy. She had her Ph.D. work with Professor Anbo Wang and MS work with Professor Yong Xu at Virginia Tech, where she gained hands-on experience on adaptive wavefront shaping, ultrafast laser, and multimode optical fibers. She likes to do photography (landscape and night sky!) during her free time.


Kristina Monakhova

Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 2022

Kristina is a postdoctoral fellow supported by the MIT Postdoctoral Fellowship for Engineering Excellence. Her research interests include computational imaging, physics-informed machine learning, and inverse problems. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences with Professor Laura Waller at UC Berkeley. Kristina enjoys Argentine tango dancing, good food, and backpacking.


Graduate Students

Li-Yu Yu

M.S., NTU, Photonics and Optoelectronics, 2019
B.S., NTU, Electrical Engineering, 2017

Li-Yu is a Ph.D. student at MIT EECS of year 2020. His current research focuses on seeing through scattering, addressing imaging and projection problems through complex media, in which the images are scrambled and concealed beneath plausibly random speckles. Before joining You lab, he worked on super-resolution imaging via microspheres and beam steering via metasurfaces at National Taiwan University at which he acquired his BS and MS degree. Li-Yu loves to play the guitar and Go (Weiqi) in his leisure time.


Connor Gerlach

B.S., Cornell University, Applied and Engineering Physics, 2021

Connor is a PhD student who joined MIT EECS in 2021. He received his B.S. in applied physics at Cornell University, where he worked on topological photonics and breast cancer metastasis. His current research focuses on wavefront shaping and beam optimization for biomedical imaging. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano, exercising, and watching college hockey.


Honghao Cao

Honghao Cao's personal photo

B.E., HUST, Optoelectronic Engineering, 2022

Honghao is a Ph.D. student at MIT EECS, 2022. He received his B.E. in Optical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, where he worked on multifunctional nanofibers. His current research focuses on nonlinear fiber optics and laser sources for multiphoton bio-imaging. Honghao likes playing guitar and watching anime.



Kunzan Liu

B.E., Tsinghua University, Electronic Engineering, 2022

Kunzan is a Ph.D. student at MIT EECS of year 2022. He received his B.E. degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2022, where he worked on dimensionality reduction for wireless communications. His current research interests lie in the fields of multiphoton microscopy and computational imaging for biological systems. In his free time, he likes to play the piano.


Undergraduate Students
Cassandra Ye

B.S., MIT, Computer Science and EECS, 2020-2024

Cassandra is an undergraduate student majoring in computer science and EECS. She’s interested in the impact that different imaging techniques may have on the biotech and healthcare industries. In her free time, she loves to run, climb, crochet, and enjoy great food.



Richard Luhtaru

B.S., MIT, EECS and Physics, 2020-2024

Richard is an undergraduate student studying EECS and Physics at MIT and comes from Estonia. In the lab, he is working on using computer vision to develop AI-assisted microscopy and improve imaging of biosystems. He likes hiking, ice skating, and solving logic puzzles.



Visiting Students
Hongyi Sun

B.S., University of Toronto, Computer Science, 2022

Hongyi is a visiting researcher from Harvard University, where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in computational science. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in computer science at the University of Toronto. His research interests lie in the area of computer vision and machine learning, and his current research focuses on utilizing these techniques to develop Ai-driven microscopy. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and video games.