Wei Yin, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), has been appointed Associate Dean for Diversity and Outreach for the Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS). An alumna of the College, Professor Yin received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook in 2004.
“It’s especially gratifying to reward and recognize Wei’s trajectory from graduate student to Associate Dean,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “I look forward to the innovative contributions and fresh perspective she will bring to this role, as an administrator, faculty and former student of CEAS.”
When Professor Yin was a graduate student at Stony Brook, her advisor was Professor Danny Bluestein, and her PhD dissertation was on blood flow induced platelet activation in mechanical heart valves. She was also trained by Professor Jolyon Jesty, Division of Hematology, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, on platelet physiology. Her training at Stony Brook BME built a solid foundation for her current research in cardiovascular biomechanics. Upon receiving her PhD, the early part of her career took her to Weill Medical College of Cornell University as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Pathology, and then to Oklahoma State University as an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She found her way back to Stony Brook as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2013.
“I returned to Stony Brook because I liked the familiarity, the feeling of belonging and, most importantly, the vast opportunity to do translational research and collaborate with people with diverse interests and expertise in CEAS, the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine,” said Yin. “This is where I started from. Stony Brook BME prepared me well to go far beyond what I had ever imagined. It was great to come back here after a good journey.”
In her new role, Wei will be responsible for overseeing the implementation and assessing the effectiveness of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ strategic plan for diversity and outreach with the goal of expanding opportunity and equity in the College, which includes broadening participation and enhancing career success of women and underrepresented minorities in our student body and faculty ranks.
Yin’s research is focused on cardiovascular dynamics, atherosclerosis and thrombosis. She has developed various numerical, in vitro and in vivo models to investigate how hemodynamics directs cardiovascular disease initiation and development. Yin has been working closely with clinicians to translate her research into quantitative tools that can be used for disease diagnosis, prediction and prevention. She has published more than 55 peer-reviewed papers and three book chapters. She has also co-authored a Biofluid Mechanics Textbook that has been ranked the number one best seller in 2019-2020. Wei’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation and the American Heart Association, generating more than $6 million in the past 12 years.
Yin is also dedicated to education and experiential learning. She served as the research mentor for many underrepresented student populations. She is the PI and director of a NIH-funded educational grant that promotes undergraduate student hands-on learning and clinical needs-driven innovation.
She earned her BE in Biomedical Engineering from Tianjin University in China; her MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Akron, and her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University.