Lingchong You


Professor of Biomedical Engineering

The You lab uses a combination of mathematical modeling, machine learning, and quantitative experiments to elucidate principles underlying the dynamics of microbial communities in time and space and to control these dynamics for applications in computation, engineering, and medicine.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Associate Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2002
  • M.S. University of Science and Technology of China (China), 1997
  • B.S.E. Chengdu University of Science and Technology (China), 1994

Research Interests

Quantitative biology, synthetic biology, machine learning, antibiotic resistance, microbiome

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. National Science Foundation. 2010
  • Fellowships for Science and Engineering. David and Lucile Packard Foundation. 2006

Courses Taught

  • BME 260L: Modeling Cellular and Molecular Systems
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 574: Modeling and Engineering Gene Circuits (GE, MC)
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • BME 792: Continuation of Graduate Independent Study
  • CBB 574: Modeling and Engineering Gene Circuits (GE, MC)
  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • MGM 293: Research Independent Study I
  • MGM 593: Research Independent Study
  • PHARM 394: Research Independent Study
  • PHARM 493: Research Independent Study

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Kim, K; You, L, Bacterial Aggregation Leads to Collective Elimination., Trends in Microbiology, vol 28 no. 4 (2020), pp. 243-244 [10.1016/j.tim.2019.12.001] [abs].
  • Sysoeva, TA; Kim, Y; Rodriguez, J; Lopatkin, AJ; You, L, Growth-stage-dependent regulation of conjugation, Aiche Journal, vol 66 no. 3 (2020) [10.1002/aic.16848] [abs].
  • Zhu, K; Chen, S; Sysoeva, TA; You, L, Universal antibiotic tolerance arising from antibiotic-triggered accumulation of pyocyanin in Pseudomonas aeruginosa., Plos Biology, vol 17 no. 12 (2019) [10.1371/journal.pbio.3000573] [abs].
  • Lopatkin, AJ; Stokes, JM; Zheng, EJ; Yang, JH; Takahashi, MK; You, L; Collins, JJ, Bacterial metabolic state more accurately predicts antibiotic lethality than growth rate., Nature Microbiology, vol 4 no. 12 (2019), pp. 2109-2117 [10.1038/s41564-019-0536-0] [abs].
  • Tsoi, R; Dai, Z; You, L, Emerging strategies for engineering microbial communities., Biotechnology Advances, vol 37 no. 6 (2019) [10.1016/j.biotechadv.2019.03.011] [abs].