James Li

Chemistry and Computer Science Building
El Paso Texas, 79968
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James Li
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry - Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering (MMBME) - Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Li has a long standing interest, expertise, and motivation for biomedical and environmental 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 80 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), an international award of “2014 Bioanalysis Young Investigator Award”, Outstanding Faculty Dissertation Research Mentoring Award 2018 and 2016, and NIH BUILDing Scholar Mentoring Award 2017.


  1. Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip
  2. Bioanalytical Chemistry
  3. environmental analysis
  4. Nanotechnology and nanomaterials
  5. Nanosensing
  6. Cancer early detection
  7. Biomedical Engineering
  8. Infectious disease diagnosis
  9. Cellular assays
  10. Nanotechnology
  11. Catalysis