Biomedical Engineering


Yingchun Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office Location: HBS 390
Phone: 713-743-6127
Email: yzhang94 [at] uh [dot] edu

Dr. Zhang received his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Zhejiang University, China in 2004. He completed his postdoctoral training in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Before joining the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston in the Fall of 2012, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis.


Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China

Awards and Honors: 

NIH Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) award, 2010

Research Interests: 

The goal of my research is to advance clinical diagnosis of dysfunction in the human body through the fusion of functional bioelectrical activity/impedance imaging which includes functional neuroimaging, functional muscle activity imaging and functional bioelectrical impedance imaging, electrical stimulation and recording, advanced computational modeling and electrophysiological/biomechanical analysis with applications in investigating the mechanisms of bioelectrical activity in biological tissue and systems. I am also interested in utilizing developed functional imaging technologies to enhance human-machine-interface systems such as brain-computer-interface systems, brain-controlled devices and myoelectrically-controlled prostheses. My research involves both technology developments and experimental studies in human subjects.

Selected Publications: 

Zhang, Y., Wang, D., and Timm, G.W. A three-dimensional muscle activity imaging technique and its application in assessing pelvic muscle function. Inverse Problems.26(11): 115018, 2010.

Zhang, Y.,Bicek, A.D., Wang, G., and Timm, G.W. Effects of Periurethral Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation on the Voiding Frequency in Rats.International Urogynecology Journal. 21: 1279-1284, 2010.

Zhang, Y., Kim, S., Erdman, A.G., Roberts, K.P., and Timm, G.W. Feasibility of Using a Computer Modeling Approach to Study SUI Induced by Landing a Jump. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 37(7): 1425-1433. 2009.

Zhang, Y., Sweet, R.M., Metzger, G.J., Burke, D.M, Erdman, A.G., and Timm, G.W. Advanced Finite Element Mesh Model of Female SUI Research During Physical and Daily Activities. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. 142: 447-452. 2009.

Zhang, Y., van Drongelen, W., Kohrman, M., and He, B. Three-dimensional brain current source reconstruction from intra-cranial ECoG recordings. Neuroimage. 42(2):683-695. 2008.

He, B., Liu, C., and Zhang, Y. Three-dimensional cardiac electrical imaging from intracavity recordings.IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. 56(8):1454-1460. 2007.

Zhang, Y., Ding, L., van Drongelen, W., Hecox, K., Frim, D., and He, B. A Cortical Potential Imaging Study from Simultaneous Extra- and Intra-cranial Electrical Recordings by Means of the Finite Element Method.Neuroimage. 31:1513-1524. 2006.

Zhang, Y., van Drongelen, W., and He, B. Estimation of in vivo brain-to-skull conductivity ratio in humans. Applied Physics Letters. 89:2239031-3. 2006.

Zhang, Y., Zhu, S., and He, B. A Second-Order Finite Element Algorithm for Solving the Three-Dimensional EEG Forward Problem.Physics in Medicine and Biology. 49:2975–2987. 2004.

Zhang, Y., Zou, L., and Zhu, S. Models and Computation Methods of EEG Forward Problem. Journal of Biomedical Engineering. 21(2):337-339. 2004.

Zhang, Y., Zhu, X., Zhu, S., and He, B. Cortical Imaging Technique.Biomedical Engineering Foreign Medical Sciences. 27(1):13-17. 2004.