Ming Yu

Faculty Member

Dr. Ming Yu


Ph.D. Colorado State University, CO
B.S. Heilongjiang University, China

Dr. Yu is a big fan of learner-/learning-centered pedagogies. She sees herself as a coach with clear expectations and supportive guidance, who trains and facilitates students on mastering and applying chemistry. Dr. Yu designs her chemistry classes for exploring, collaborating, and effective peer instructing. Dr. Yu believes that learning is a process of appreciation, memorization, assimilation, and application. The process is more efficient when students are engaged and involved.

Dr. Yu is actively involved in undergraduate research. Her research focus is developing quantum dots (QDs)-based biosensing methods for disease diagnosis in healthcare applications. So far twelve chemistry and biology students have worked in Dr. Yu's research group. The students have had their findings presented at regional and national conferences. Summer 2018, the results were published in a peer reviewed journal. Research students gain competency in problem-solving, scientific presentation, and teamwork.


Ph D, Colorado State University, USA, 2008

Major: Chemistry

BS, Heilongjiang University, China, 2000

Major: Chemical Engineering


CHEM 3000

Analytical Chemistry, Spring 2024

CHEM 3005

Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, Spring 2024

CHEM 1215

Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory, Spring 2024


Undergraduate Research in Chemistry, Spring 2024


Blumel, Daniel , Duenas, Davies , Gomez, Nathaniel , Hazel, Matt , Yu, Ming , the 259th ACS national meeting, "Effect of Incubation Time on Protein Biomarker Detection by Quantum Dots". (March, 2020)
Gomez, Nathaniel , Blumel, Daniel , Duenas, Davies , Hazel, Matt , Yu, Ming , the 259th ACS national meeting, "Impact of Different Buffer Solutions on Biomarker Protein Detection by Quantum Dots". (March, 2020)
Hazel, Matt , Gomez, Nathaniel , Duenas, Davies , Blumel, Daniel , Yu, Ming , the 259th ACS national meeting, "Influence of Quantum Dot Size on Protein Biomarker Detection Using Fluorescence Spectroscopy". (March, 2020)
Parks, Kaden L, Cordner, Alex P, Kyle, Medley A, Yu, Ming , the 255th ACS national meeting, "Development of Simple Quantum Dots-based Bioassays for Protein Biomarker Detection". (March, 2018)
Rowley, Amber , Parks, Tegan , Yu, Ming , the 255th ACS national meeting, "Fast Detection of Cancer Biomarker Proteins with Quantum Dots". (March, 2018)
Parks, Tegan , Rowley, Amber , Yu, Ming , the 255th ACS national meeting, "Fluorescence Intensity Alteration of Quantum Dots by Protein Biomarkers". (March, 2018)

Scholarly/Creative Works

Rowley, Amber , Parks, Tegan , Parks, Kaden , Cordner, Alex , Medley, Kyle , Yu, Ming , (2018) "Fluorescence alteration of MPA capped CdSe quantum dots by spontaneous biomarker protein adsorption" (vol. 555). Anal. Biochem. . https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29802844/
Yang, Rui , Pagaduan, Jayson V, Yu, Ming , Woolley, Adam T, (2015) "On chip preconcentration and fluorescence labeling of model proteins by use of monolithic columns_ device fabrication, optimization, and automation" (vol. 407). Anal. Bioanal. Chem.. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25012353/
Nge, Pamela N, Pagaduan, Jayson V, Yu, Ming , Woolley, Adam T, (2012) "Microfluidic chips with reversed-phase monoliths for solid phase extraction and on-chip labeling" (vol. 1261). J. Chromatogr. A . https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22995197/
Yu, Ming , Wang, Qingsong , Patterson, James E, (2011) "Multilayer Polymer Microchip Capillary Array Electrophoresis Devices with Integrated on-chip Labeling for High-Throughput Protein Analysis" (vol. 83). Anal. Chem.. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21449615/
Yang, Weichun , Yu, Ming , Sun, Xiuhua , Woolley, Adam T, (2010) "Microdevices Integrating Affinity Columns and Capillary Electrophoresis for Multi-biomarker Analysis in Human Serum" (vol. 10). Lab Chip . https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20664867/
Yu, Ming , Wang, Hsiang-Yu , Woolley, Adam , (2009) "Polymer Microchip Capillary Electrophoresis of Proteins Either Off- or On-chip Labeled with Chameleon Dye for Simplified Analysis" (vol. 30). Electrophoresis. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19924700/


Flexible Teaching Award, Best Design-Blended 2nd Place

Utah Valley University - March 7, 2023

Faculty Senate Award of Excellence

Utah Valley University

Dean’s Award of Excellence - Scholarship

Utah Valley University

Distinguished Honorary Member

The national society of collegiate scholars