Associate Professor

Head of Lab of protein structure and functionalities

Department of Food Science & Technology

Telephone:  (+86)13611874047


Office address: 800 Dongchuan RD., Shanghai 200240, China




>> Research Interests:

1. Molecular design of protein hydrogels, oleogels, aerogels for food replacements

2. Bioactivity and biological fate of protein assemblies


>> Profile:

Yiping Cao received his PhD from ETH Zurich in 2020, where he worked on the gelling and reversible properties of protein nanofibrils. He then spent two years as Postdoc Fellow and Associate at MIT, focusing on the design of high-performance protein-based thermosets and plastics. In 2022 he was appointed as an Associate Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University to start a group on protein structure and functionalities. He is a recipient of the SNSF Mobility Fellow in 2020, the ETH Medal in 2021, and the NSFC Excellent Young Scientist in 2021.


>>Selected Publications:

  1. Yiping Cao and Bradley D Olsen. Strengthening and toughening of protein-based thermosets via intermolecular self-assembly. Biomacromolecules, 23, 3286–3295 (2022).
  2. Yiping Cao, Jozef Adamcik, Michael Diener, Janet R Kumita, and Raffaele Mezzenga. Different folding states from the same protein sequence determine reversible vs irreversible amyloid fate. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 143, 11473–11481 (2021).
  3. Yiping Cao and Raffaele Mezzenga. Design principles of food gels. Nature Food, 1, 106–118 (2020).
  4. Yangyang Han, Yiping Cao, Sreenath Bolisetty, Tian Tian, Stephan Handschin, Canhui Lu, and Raffaele Mezzenga. Amyloid fibril-templated high-performance conductive aerogels with sensing properties. Small, 16, 2004932 (2020).
  5. Mattia Usuelli, Yiping Cao, Massimo Bagnani, Stephan Handschin, Gustav Nystrom, and Raffaele Mezzenga. Probing the structure of filamentous nonergodic gels by dynamic light scattering. Macromolecules, 53, 5950–5956 (2020).
  6. Yiping Cao, Sreenath Bolisetty, Gianna Wolfisberg, Jozef Adamcik, and Raffaele Mezzenga. Amyloid fibril-directed synthesis of silica core–shell nanofilaments, gels, and aerogels. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116, 4012–4017 (2019).
  7. Yiping Cao and Raffaele Mezzenga. Food protein amyloid fibrils: Origin, structure, formation, characterization, applications and health implications. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 269, 334–356 (2019).
  8. Qingrui Zhang, Sreenath Bolisetty, Yiping Cao, Stephan Handschin, Jozef Adamcik, Qiuming Peng, and Raffaele Mezzenga. Selective and efficient removal of fluoride from water: in situ engineered amyloid fibril/ZrO2 hybrid membranes. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 131, 6073–6077 (2019).
  9. Yiping Cao, Sreenath Bolisetty, Jozef Adamcik, and Raffaele Mezzenga. Elasticity in physically cross-linked amyloid fibril networks. Physical Review Letters, 120, 158103 (2018).


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