Dr. Chenzhong Li is the program director of Nanobiosensing program at NSF since 2017. He is also the professor and the director of the nanobioengineering/bioelectronics Lab, in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Florida International University (Miami). Dr. Li received his M.Sc (Electrochemistry) and Ph.D (Bioengineering, 2000) from Kumamoto University in Japan . Dr. Li served as a post-doctoral research associate at the university of British Columbia and as professional research associate at the University of Saskatchewan and Adnavance Technologies, Inc. He worked at Nanobiotechnology/Biosensor Group of Biotechnology Research Institute, Canada National Research Council as Research Officer till 2006. He joined in FIU in 2006 and he is a full professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and an affiliated professor in the Department of Immunology at the College of Medicine.
Dr. Li is an expert in bioelectronics, specifically in the development of biomedical devices such as organ on chips and biosensors for Point of Care Testings. Dr. Li’s research interests include wireless diagnostics, cell electronics, neuron-device interface, biomarker and nanotoxicity measurements, electronic therapy and electron transfer study of various biomolecules.
The impact of his work is documented in 10 granted patents, about 120 peer-reviewed journal papers, 3 books, 7 book chapters, over 140 presentations including more than 110 keynote/invited lectures and seminars worldwide.
In addition to his research activities in the USA, Dr Li has established broad international research collaboration with top level research groups in China, Japan, India, Turkey and Kazakhstan. He is the associate editor of 4 SCI indexed journals including Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Journal of Sensors, PLOS one, and Science Bulletins. Dr Li is organizer and chairperson of several conferences and symposiums including the 25th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference, the 4th and the 10th Florida Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Conference (NanoFlorida), and symposia at multiple annual Pittcon national meetings.
In recognition of his work, Dr. Li has received several awards and honors including the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Professor Award in 2009 and 2011, 2012 International Resource Award from Indian National Dairy Institute, the 2013 FIU Collage of Engineering and Computing (COC) Outstanding Faculty Award in Research, 2014 JSPS (Japan) Professor Fellowship Award, 2014 Excellent Faculty Award in Research and Creative Activities, 2016 Pioneer in Technology Development Award by the Society of Braining Mapping &Therapeutics and Brain Mapping Foundations, 2016 the Finalist for FIU President’s Council Worlds Ahead Award, and 2016 Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Award in Cancer Research, by American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).