Prof. Ying received her B.E. and Ph.D. from the Cooper Union and Princeton University, respectively. She was Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT (1992- 2005), and Founding Executive Director of Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore (2003-2018). She currently leads the NanoBio Lab as A*STAR Senior Fellow. For her research on nanostructured materials, Prof. Ying has been recognized with the American Ceramic Society Ross C. Purdy Award, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, American Chemical Society Faculty Fellowship Award in Solid-State Chemistry, Technology Review’s Inaugural TR100 Young Innovator.
The award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Allan P. Colburn Award, International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Jubilee Medal, Materials Research Society Fellowship, Royal Society of Chemistry Fellowship, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellowship, Academy of Sciences of Iran Medal of Honor, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowship, Islamic World Academy of Sciences COMSTECH Ibrahim Memorial Award, Singapore National Academy of Science Fellowship, and U.S. National Academy of Inventors Fellowship.
Prof. Ying was elected a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina. She was named one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by AIChE in its Centennial Celebration. She was selected by The Muslim 500 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 to be one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims. She was the inaugural winner of the Mustafa Prize “Top Scientific Achievement Award” in 2015 for her research in bionanotechnology. She is the recipient of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) 2018 Academy Prize in Basic and Engineering Sciences. She is the Editor-in-chief of Nano Today, which has an impact factor of 17.753.