James Li

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El Paso Texas, 79968
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James Li

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Associate Professor, Chemistry - Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering (MMBME) - Materials Science and Engineering - Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC)

Dr. Li has a long standing interest, expertise, and motivation for biomedical research. After about nine years of research in the fields of microfluidic single-cell study pertaining to anti-cancer drug discovery at Simon Fraser University, integrated microdevices for DNA typing at UC Berkeley, and low-cost diagnosis with Prof. George Whitesides at Harvard University, he has gained a substantially broad research background for biomedical investigation at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Currently, his research focuses on bioanalysis, biomedical and environmental applications using innovative microfluidic platforms and nanosensing, such as infectious disease diagnosis, cancer research, 3D cell culture and tissue engineering.
He has authored/coauthored about 60 publications, guest edited a thematic issue “Miniaturized platforms and methods for pharmaceutical studies” in Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. He published a book of “Microfluidic Devices for Biomedical Applications” from Elsevier in 2013. He is an editor of Scientific Reports from the Nature publishing group.
He is the recipient of Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal (SFU) in 2009, UT STARS Award in 2012, Outstanding Performance Awards from UTEP in 2013 and 2015 (twice), and an international award of “2014 Bioanalysis Young Investigator Award”.


  1. Bioanalytical Chemistry
  2. Biomedical engineering
  3. Cancer early detection
  4. Catalysis
  5. Cellular assays
  6. Environmental analysis


  1. Health & Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  2. Cross-cutting: Emerging Technologies: Information Technology, Biotechnology & Nanotechnology