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Brief Bio

Simiao Niu is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University. His current work focuses on wearable physiological signal monitoring systems and energy harvesting systems for biomedical applications.

Before joining Rutgers, Simiao was a hardware system engineer in the health sensing and health technologies team at Apple Inc., where he worked on electrocardiogram and temperature sensors for Apple products. He received his postdoctoral training in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University and earned his Ph.D. in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016.

The Niu Lab at Rutgers seeks to build a wearable wireless bioelectronic network to perform continuous monitoring of human physiological signals and reduce the health burden of chronic diseases. Simiao has published ~80 papers (as of June 2024) in prestigious journals as both first and senior author, including Science, Nature, Nature Biotechnology, and Nature Electronics. His work has been cited more than 28,000 times, and his H-index is 67 (according to Google Scholar data as of June 2024). His research has been featured in over 50 media outlets worldwide, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Physics World, Chemical & Engineering News, CEP Magazine, and Practical Patient Care Magazine.


Wearable electronics for various chronic disease management (focusing on using electrical, optical, mechanical, and thermal methods to extract human physiological signals, such as electrocardiogram (ECG), photoplethysmography (PPG), electromyography (EMG), body temperature etc.), stretchable electronics (stretchable materials, devices, and sub-circuits), energy harvesting technologies, hydrogels, soft robotics, machine learning algorithms for biosignal processing


  • Clarivate Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher (Year 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)
  • Apple Special Recognition Award (Recognize Employee’s Vital Contribution to Apple, December 2021)
  • Rising Star of Science Award (Year 2022 and 2023) 
  • The Japan Telecommunications Advancement Foundation Best Paper Award (Year 2021 and 2023)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Silver Award (Spring 2015, Spring 2016) 


Professional Affiliations

•    Materials Research Society (MRS)
•    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)


•    Postdoc, Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2016-2020
•    Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016
•    M.S., Electrical & Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015
•    B.S., Institute of Microelectronics, Tsinghua University, 2011