Principal Investigator

Dr. XiuJun (James) Li

Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biomedical Engineering
Department of Chemistry
University of Texas at El Paso
500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX, 79968
Phone: (*915*)--747.8967
Office: CCSB 2.0112
Lab: CCSB 2.0528
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Detailed CV available, upon request


Current Positions:

2017 – Associate Professor (Tenured) in Department of Chemistry at University of Texas at El Paso
Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC), UTEP
Biomedical Engineering (BME), UTEP
Environmental Science & Engineering (ESE), UTEP
Materials Science and Engineering (MASE), UTEP
2017 Summer Visiting Associate Professor, Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research, & Department of Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center
2012 – 2017

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Department of Chemistry at University of Texas at El Paso
Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC), UTEP
Biomedical Engineering (BME), UTEP
Environmental Science & Engineering (ESE), UTEP
Materials Science and Engineering (MASE), UTEP


2010 – 2011 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University & Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.
Low-cost medical diagnosis and 3D cell culture
Supervisor: Prof. George M. Whitesides
2008-2009 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley
Integrated microdevices for genetic analysis in forensics
Supervisor: Prof. Richard A. Mathies
2003-2008 Ph.D. in Bioanalytical Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Microfluidic single-cell analysis
Supervisor: Prof. Paul C.H. Li
1999-2002 M.Sc. in Bioanalytical Chemistry, Shandong University
Bioanalysis using capillary electrophoresis
Supervisor: Prof. Wenrui Jin
1995-1999 B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry, Qingdao University
Herbal study & Polymer science
Supervisor: Prof. Lixin Zhang & Prof. Hu Hang


2017-2018 Outstanding Efforts Award, UTEP
2017 Innovation Center Proof-of-Concept Grant, Medical Center of the Americas Foundation (MCA)
2017 NIH BUILDING Scholar Menting Award for excellence in sturdent research mentoring.
2017 Grant Award from the Emily Koenig Meningitis Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation
2017 NIH BUILDing Scholar Summer Sabbatical Award
2017 NIH BUILDing Scholars Faculty Travel Award
2017-2018 NSF PREM Seed Grant
2016-2017 Faculty Research Mentoring Award, UTEP
2016 NSF PREM Travel Award
2015-2016 Outstanding Performance Award, UTEP.
2015 NIH/NIAID Grant Award
2014 2014 Bioanalysis New Investigator Award.
2013-2014 Outstanding Performance Award, UTEP.
2013 NIH/NIGMS Grant Award
2011-2013 UT System STARS Award.
2009 – 2011 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF), Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, two years
2009 Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal, Simon Fraser University (SFU)
2007 Award of President's Ph.D Research Stipend, Simon Fraser University
2005 SFU Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University
2004 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Graduate Student Abroad
2003-2006 Overseas Research Students (ORS) Award, UK.
2001 Graduate Future Star Scholarship, Shandong University (SDU)
1999 Most Outstanding Graduate of Shandong Province
1998 Student Model of the School of Science and Technology, Qingdao University
1998 Most Outstanding Student of Shandong Province
1998,1996 Outstanding Student of Qingdao University (twice)
1998,1997 Distinguished Student Leader of Qingdao University (twice)
1995 Most Outstanding Student of Qingdao City
1995-1999 Undergraduate Fellowship of Qingdao University (six times)
2017 Award Evaluation Committee for Early Career Research Award, Future Science OA
2017 Micromachines Travel Awards Evaluation Committee 

Professional & Academic Activities:

Grant Peer Review Panel:
2013, 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
2013-2017 National Science Foundation (NSF), 4 times
2018 Study Section, POCT Center U54, NIH
2017 CFRS Study section, NIH
2016 National Institute of Health (NIH)
2017 ACS Petroleum Research Grant
2013 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
2013 Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
2014 CCNY-MSKCC Partnership for Cancer Research, Training, and Community Outreach
2015 Singapore Ministry of Defence and  Singapore University of Technology & Design
2015 Singapore Ministry of Education –National Research Foundation
2015 Innovation & Technology Commission, Hong Kong SAR Government
Journals: (Editors: >6 journals; Reviewer: > 33 journals)
2014- Editorial Board member, Scientific Reports from Nature Publishing Group
2015- Editorial Board member, Micromachines.
2016 Editorial Board member, Future Science OA.
2014-2016 Young Ambassador/ Editorial Advisory for Future Science Open from Future Science Group
2015-2016 Guest Editor, Special Issue in Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Topic, "Miniaturized platforms and methods for pharmaceutical studies"
2011- Member of Board of Editorial Advisors, Canadian Journals of Pure & Applied Sciences
2013- Member of Board of Editorial Advisors, Annals of Public Health and Research, Journal of Stem Cells Research, Review and Reports
2010- Invited Referee for the Wiley journal of Electrophoresis and Biotech Progress, Small, Advanced Materials,  Advanced Healthcare Materials
2010- Invited Referee for the RSC journals of Lab on a Chip, Chem Comm, Nanoscale, Analyst, Analytical Methods, RSC Advances, & Molecular BioSystems, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , Toxicology Research, Chemical Science
2012- Invited Referee for the ACS journals of Analytical Chemistry,  Langmuir, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces , ACS Omega
2013- Invited Referee for Elsevier Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, Talanta, Chromatography A, Colloids and Surface B: Biointerfaces, Acta Biomaterialia, Biochemical Engineering Journal, Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Sensors and Actuator B.  
2014 Invited Referee for Trends in Biotechnology, Scientific Reports, Biomicrofluidics, Plos One, Theranostics, Micromachines, Analytica Chimica Acta, IEEE Sensors Journal, Clinical Chemistry, Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry
2016.03 Symposium Organizer and Presider for Pittcon 2016 “Emerging Technologies for Disease Biomarker Detection”.
2015.03 Symposium Organizer and Presider for Pittcon 2015 “Platforms of Point of care testing”.
2015.03 Invited Session Chair for Pittcon 2015 “Novel Microfluidic Instrumentation and Devices”
2014.06 Invited Session Chair for the CSC 2014 Conference in Vancouver, BC.
2013.05 Invited Session Chair for the conference of Advances in Microfluidics & Nanofluidics 2013, Notre Dame, IN.
2012.07 Session Chairs for 2012 ASME International Conference on Nanofluidics and Microfluidics at Puerto Rico
Membership & Others:
2014 2014 Member of the Graduate School Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Selection Committee, UTEP
2006- ACS (American Chemical Society) membership.
2012-2013 Full Membership, Sigma Xi.
2012- RSC e-Membership
2004-2005 Membership of CSC (Canadian Society for Chemistry) & CIC (Chemical Institute of Canada).
2007-2008 President of CSSA (Chinese Students & Scholars Association) at SFU
2005-2008 TSSU executive (Trustee II, Ex-officio, & Privacy Officer. 3 terms), SFU.
2006.08 Attended 15th CGEU conference at Philadelphia, PA, USA, as a TSSU delegate.
2003-2006 Chemistry Graduate Caucus executive (Chem. TSSU Representative), SFU
1997-1998 President of Student Society of Chem. Dept., Qingdao Univ.
1998-1999 Chairman of Students Guide Association, Qingdao Univ.


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