Georgia Institute of Technology 2013 – 2017

B.S. Biomedical Engineering

Minor in Computer Science 


University of Washington 2017 – Present

M.S. Biomedical and Health Informatics

Machine Learning

On sensor data, physiological signal, user behavior, and disease classification. 

Wearable Device Development

Wearable for health monitoring and sports training. 

User-centered design

User need assessment, usability study

Research and Academic

Graduate Researcher, Patient As Safeguard                                                                             Jan 2018 – Present

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • Conducting user study on the need of migraine patients on trigger analysis and trigger learning. Designing user-participated design and user experience evaluation.
  • PI: Wanda Pratt


Graduate Researcher, Ubicomp Lab

University of Washington, Seattle, WA                                                                           Sept 2017 – Present

  • Developing a wearable device and phone application for migraine patients that learns the migraine-triggering factors for a patient and alert the patient to take medication prior to migraine headache onset.
  • PI: Shwetak Patel


Developer, Clinical Informatics Research Group

University of Washington, Seattle, WA                                                                                   Sept 2017 – Present

  • Developing front-end web application on React JS for the Mobile Post-Operative Wound Evaluator (mPOWEr), a mHealth application that monitors post-surgical wound site infection
  • Developing the back-end API on Flask and FHIR for mPOWEr
  • PI: Bill Lober


Research Assistant, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA                                                                                           Jan 2016 – May 2017

  • Conducted experiments with elegans roundworm with microfluidic devices, optogenetics, and calcium imaging
  • Applied computer vision and system identification techniques to analyze neural imaging data in order to model the neural circuit in elegans
  • Designed and performed maintenance the projector-microscope system developed to conduct experiments
  • PI: Hang Lu


Research Assistant, Center for Advanced Brain Imaging,

Joint Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA                                                                  Sept 2015 – May 2017

  • Analyzed functional MRI data of human brain with computer vision and machine learning to identify the activation patterns of brain networks
  • Facilitated and conducted experiments with human subjects.

PI: Eric Schumacher


Prototyping Instructor, Invention Studio

Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA                                                                                          Sept 2015 – May 2017

  • Instructed, trained and advised students on 3D printing, waterjet, laser cutting, electronics and circuits, and various metalwork and woodwork tools
  • Troubleshooted, repaired and maintained above-mentioned instruments




Publications and Conference



Zhao Yiran, Salunke Shanu, Leavitt Alexander, Curtin Kevin, Hyunh Nghia, Zeagler Clint. 2016. E-archery: prototype wearable for analyzing archery release. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing: Adjunct (UbiComp ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 908-913. DOI:


Zhao Yiran, Smith Derek M., Keilholz Shella D., Schumacher Eric H.; “Brain States and Cognitive Control”; GSU/GT Callosum Neuroscience Conference, Atlanta, GA. (April 2016).



Smith Derek M., Zhao Yiran, Godwin Christine A., Grooms Joshua K., Yousefi Behnaz, Keilholz Shella D., Schumacher Eric H.; “Dynamic Network Connectivity and Cognitive Control”; Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, New York, NY. (April 2016).


Porto Daniel A., Giblin John, Zhao Yiran, Lu Hang, “Reverse-Correlation Analysis of Mechanosensory
Circuit Dynamics Using Optogenetics and Behavior Analysis”; C. elegans Topic Meeting: Neuronal
Development, Synaptic Function & Behavior, Nagoya, Japan. (July 2016).




Teaching Assistant, BMED 3310 Biotransport, Georgia Tech                                               Summer 2016

  • Assisted the academic performance of over 50 students regarding fluid and heat transfer
  • Led weekly recitations and review sessions; composed exam study guides that were widely appreciated by the students
  • TA rated 4.5/5.0 by the students


Computer-Aided Drawing Teaching Assistant, BMED 2310 Intro to Biomedical Engineering Design,

Georgia Tech                                                                                                        Spring 2016

  • Assisted the academic performance of over 50 students for CAD/Solidworks
  • Advised students on mechanical design and prototyping of CAD design




Wearable for Migraine

University of Washington                                                                                    Jan 2016 – August 2016

  • Developing a wearable device to monitor migraine triggers. Developing using PSoC to control the embedded system. Applying machine learning techniques to classify migraine onset from triggers. Conducting user-participated design and user experience evaluation.


Mobile Post-Operative Wound Evaluator (mPOWEr)

University of Washington                                                                                    Jan 2016 – August 2016

  • Developed Flask backend API and ReactJS frontend for the patient version of the post-operative wound documentation webapp.


AirTech: Home-Use Lung Function Monitoring Device

Georgia Tech                                                                                                           Jan 2016 – August 2016

  • Partnered with Micro-C, developed a lung function monitoring device for chronic lung disease patients that quantifies air flow rate and exhaled gas components, conducts test validity check, and automatically records test results to compatible iOS application.


E-archery: Prototype Wearable for Analyzing Archery Release

Georgia Tech                                                                                                           Jan 2016 – August 2016

  • Developed a wearable archery training device system consisted of a glove and compatible Android app that detects archer’s hand motion, performs form classification, and gives feedback regarding the archer’s form


Integration of Multi-Modal RNA-Seq Data for Prediction of Pancreatic Cancer Grade

Georgia Tech                                                                                                          Jan 2016 – May 2016

  • Developed a classifier to identify pancreatic cancer grade using genomic and proteomic data from the National Cancer Genome Atlas


Synergistic Effect of Andrographolide and Caffeine on U87EGFP Cell Activity

Georgia Tech                                                                                                           August 2016 – Dec 2016

  • Accessed the synergistic effect on apoptosis-inducing substance caffeine and proliferation-inhibiting substance andrographolide on human glioblastoma cancer cell line
  • Utilized absorbance plate reading, flow cytometry and clonogenic assay to determine the effects


Autoteeth: Flip-screen electric toothbrush

Georgia Tech                                                                                                              Sept 2015 – Dec 2015

  • Developed and prototyped a low-cost electric toothbrush with an integrated brushing guidance system that directed the user the recommended brushing routine. The guidance system consisted of patterned light and sound was implemented on a flip-screen on the toothbrush body.





Director of Operation, Engineers without Borders Uganda Clean Water Program

Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA                                                                     Sept 2014 – May 2015

  • Implemented a well with a solar pump in Oloo, Uganda
  • Communicated with the village community during the well and pump design process
  • Trained and maintained the community technicians responsible for well and pump maintenance; Conducted local health survey
  • Organized weekly meeting and logistics for over 50 members



Awards and Honors


Best Paper Award, Wearable Sports Workshop                                                        Sept 2016

2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing


Best Undergraduate Research Award                                                                    April 2016

GSU/GT Callosum Neuroscience Conference


President Undergraduate Research Award                                                             Oct 2016

Georgia Institute of Technology


Faculty Honor                                                                        May 2016, Dec 2016, May 2017

Georgia Institute of Technology




Modeling and Analysis:  MATLAB, numpy, scikit-learn, Pandas, OpenCV, Jupyter, Keras,  R, PLAS, AFNI
Database and Cloud: SQL, MongoDB, AWS, ReactJS, Flask, Docker
Programming: Java, C, Python, Assembly, JS, HTML, CSS, Latex, Android Studio
OS: UNIX Shell, Ubuntu, Red Hat
CAD: Solidworks, Autodesk Fusion 360, Sketch Up, Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator
Prototyping: Arduino, FPGA, PSoC, 3D Printing, laser-cut, waterjet, woodwork, metalwork
Language: Mandarin Chinese – native; English – fluent; Japanese – moderate