School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Jiawen Li is an inventor and highly adaptable engineer leading the intravascular imaging program at the Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS). Her innovation has led to her being selected as Fellow of NHMRC, National Heart Foundation and L’Oréal-UNESCO. She has won numerous prestigious awards and honours (including Superstar of STEM, Australian Optical Society Early Career Researcher Prize, National Heart Foundation Innovation Award, Women in Innovation SA Award, InDaily's 40 Under 40 Award). She has also secured >$3 million research funding as the lead chief investigator (CIA).
Jiawen and her team are developing ultrathin, flexible, multimodal fibre-optic imaging probes that will enable cross-sectional visualisation of vascular arteries with high resolution, molecular contrast, and sensitivity that are not possible with any other existing technologies. This cutting-edge tool will underpin biological studies to help answer fundamental questions at cellular level of how plaques evolve, how they cause heart attacks, and how they respond to different treatment.
Available projects for PhD students in 2023 include:
1. Ultrathin 3D micro-printed imaging catheter (with opportunities to spend >=1 year in Stuttgart, Germany)
2. Serial imaging of molecular and microstructural changes in atherosclerosis (funded by NHMRC grants)
3. Neural-network-based Methods for Plaque Classification in Intravascular Optical Imaging
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
High-resolution optical imaging technologies have rapidly gained importance, and a range of antibody-specific fluorescent biomarkers have driven new insights in disease mechanisms. However, optical techniques degrade rapidly in solid tissue due to absorption and multiple scattering of the photons, limiting their imaging depth and largely restricting their use.
To enable real-time high-quality measurements deep in the body, Dr Li and her collaborators have been developing a suite of novel fibre-optic probes, including world's smallest 3D printed endoscope and world-first single-fibre-based probe that can simultaneously measure temperature and see deep inside the body.
More about Dr Jiawen Li's work:
Date Position Institution name 2022 - ongoing Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2019 - 2021 Heart Foundation Fellow University of Adelaide 2016 - 2018 Lecturer University of Adelaide 2015 - 2016 Research Fellow University of Western Australia 2014 - 2014 R&D intern St. Jude Medical (United States)
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2023 Recognition SA Women of the Year Finalist The Advertiser Sunday Mail, SkyCity Australia - 2023 Research Award 3D printing Best Paper Award in biomedical optics (BiOS) International society for optics and photonics, SPIE United States - 2022 Award Young Tall Poppy Science Award Australian Institute of Policy and Science Australia - 2022 Recognition Top 100 Inspirational women March 8 United Kingdom - 2021 Award National Heart Foundation Paul Korner Innovation Award National Heart Foundation Australia $20000 2021 Award L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award/Fellowship L’Oréal-UNESCO Australia $25000 2020 Award University Award for Outstanding Achievement: Excellence in Research (early career researcher) The University of Adelaide Australia - 2020 Recognition Superstars of STEM Science and Technology Australia Australia - 2020 Award South Australia 40 under 40 award Indaily Australia - 2019 Research Award Geoff Opat Early Career Researcher Prize Australian Optical Society Australia $1500 2019 Award Winnovation Award (Engineering) Women in innovation SA Australia - 2018 Research Award Executive Dean's Research Excellence Award (Early Career) The University of Adelaide Australia - 2018 Research Award Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Travel Award Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Australia $2800 2018 Research Award IPAS Best Early Career Researcher (ECR) Paper Award Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing Australia - 2018 Award ‘Women in Photonics’ Workshop Travel Award Leibniz-IPHT Germany €800 2017 Honour Fresh Science SA Finalist Fresh Science Australia - 2017 Research Award Women's Research Excellence Award The University of Adelaide - $5000 2016 Research Award Research Travel award Adelaide Medical School Australia $3000 2016 Research Award Best poster award The International Conference on Information Optics and Photonics China - 2015 Research Award Robert Newcomb Interdisciplinary Team Science Award University of California, Irvine United States - 2015 Research Award Best technical poster Optics in Cardiology conference Netherlands €750 2015 Honour Public Impact Fellow UC Irvine United States $650 2013 Award Community Award University of California, Irvine United States - 2012 Honour Student Spotlight Report University of California, Irvine United States - 2012 Achievement 3rd Place in Business Plan Competition, Life Science Division University of California, Irvine United States $3250 2011 Fellowship Graduate Growth Incentive Awards Fellowship University of California, Irvine United States ~$60000
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 - 2015 University of California, Irvine USA PhD 2010 - 2012 University of California, Irvine USA Master 2006 - 2010 Zhejiang University China Bachelor of science
Year Citation 2021 Golde, J., Walther, J., Li, J., McLaughlin, R. A., & Koch, E. (2021). Polarization-sensitive OCT using a single-mode fiber-based common-path probe. In B. J. Vakoc, M. Wojtkowski, & Y. Yasuno (Eds.), Proceedings - Optical Coherence Imaging Techniques and Imaging in Scattering Media IV; Vol. 11924 (pp. 3 pages). Washington, DC, USA: SPIE.
2021 Li, J., Capon, P. K., Horsfall, A. J., Yagoub, S., Schartner, E. P., Khalid, A., . . . Abell, A. D. (2021). Single-fiber-based probe for combined imaging and pH sensing. In Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC 2021) (pp. 1-2). online: IEEE.
2020 Peng, L., Nguyen, L. V., Riesen, N., Li, J., Otten, D., Lancaster, D. G., . . . Warren-Smith, S. C. (2020). Towards distributed particle sensing using a few-mode exposed-core optical fibre with a spatially referenced evanescent field. In Proceedings of the 14th Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO-PR 2020 ) (pp. 1-2). online: OSA/IEEE.
2020 Li, J. (2020). Co-located sensing and imaging via a single fibre [Invited]. In 2020 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Pacific Rim, CLEO-PR 2020 - Proceedings (pp. 1 page). ELECTR NETWORK: IEEE.
2019 Li, J., Zhang, L., Ye, X., Xia, F., Cao, Y., Yao, Z., & Men, J. (2019). The Improvement of Winding Process and Its Influence on the Current Capability of Superconducting Cable. In Z. You, J. Xiao, & Z. Tan (Eds.), MATERIALS SCIENCE, ENERGY TECHNOLOGY AND POWER ENGINEERING III (MEP 2019) Vol. 2154 (pp. 4 pages). Hohhot, PEOPLES R CHINA: AMER INST PHYSICS.
2019 Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H., Warren-Smith, S. C., Li, J., Schartner, E. P., Ji, H., Ruan, Y., . . . McLaughlin, R. A. (2019). Novel concepts for sensing, imaging and mode generation in fibers using high-index glass. In Proceedings of the CLEO: Science and Innovations Conference (CLEO:S&I 2019) (pp. STh3L-3). San Jose, California United States: Optica Publishing Group.
2019 Peng, L., Khalid, A., Warren-Smith, S. C., Arman, A., Schartner, E. P., Sylvia, G. M., . . . Li, J. (2019). Chemical sensing based on silk coated exposed-core fibers. In E. M. Goldys, & B. C. Gibson (Eds.), Biophotonics Australasia 2019 Vol. 11202 (pp. 112020G-1-112020G-2). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE.
2019 Li, J., Quirk, B. C., Delhove, J., Kirk, R., Mc Carron, A., Cmielewski, P., . . . McLaughlin, R. A. (2019). Imaging genetically-modified cells with a miniaturised multimodal optical coherence tomography + fluorescence probem. In Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) (pp. 1-2). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE.
2018 Schartner, E., Li, J., Musolino, S., Quirk, B., Kirk, R., McLaughlin, R., & Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H. (2018). Imaging-aided temperature measurements with a single optical fiber for in-vivo sensing applications. In Optics InfoBase Conference Papers Vol. Part F114-FIO 2018 (pp. 1-2). online: OSA.
2016 Piao, Z., Teng, M., Li, J., Qu, Y., Yu, M., Shung, K. K., . . . Chen, Z. (2016). High speed photoacoustic imaging with fast OPO laser at 1.7 pm (Conference Presentation). In A. A. Oraevsky, & L. V. Wang (Eds.), PHOTONS PLUS ULTRASOUND: IMAGING AND SENSING 2016 Vol. 9708 (pp. 1 page). San Francisco, CA: SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING.
2016 Piao, Z., Ma, T., Qu, Y., Li, J., Yu, M., He, Y., . . . Chen, Z. (2016). High speed intravascular photoacoustic imaging of atherosclerotic arteries. In B. Choi, N. Kollias, H. Zeng, H. W. Kang, B. J. F. Wong, J. F. Ilgner, . . . A. Mandelis (Eds.), PHOTONIC THERAPEUTICS AND DIAGNOSTICS XII Vol. 9689 (pp. 1 page). San Francisco, CA: SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING.
2015 Li, J., Ma, T., Cummins, T., Shung, K. K., Van Damb, J., Zhou, Q., & Chen, Z. (2015). Integrated OCT-US Catheter for Detection of Cancer in the Gastrointestinal Tract. In M. Suter, S. Lam, M. Brenner, G. Tearney, & T. Wang (Eds.), ENDOSCOPIC MICROSCOPY X; AND OPTICAL TECHNIQUES IN PULMONARY MEDICINE II Vol. 9304 (pp. 5 pages). San Francisco, CA: SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING.
2015 Li, J., Minami, H., Steward, E., Ma, T., Mohar, D., Robertson, C., . . . Chen, Z. (2015). Ideal flushing agents for integrated optical acoustic imaging systems. In B. Choi, N. Kollias, H. Zeng, H. Kang, B. Wong, J. Ilgner, . . . A. Mandelis (Eds.), PHOTONIC THERAPEUTICS AND DIAGNOSTICS XI Vol. 9303 (pp. 6 pages). San Francisco, CA: SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING.
2014 Li, J., Ma, T., Jing, J., Zhang, J., Patel, P. M., Shung, K. K., . . . Chen, Z. (2014). Back-to-back optical coherence tomography-ultrasound probe for co-registered three-dimensional intravascular imaging with real-time display. In J. A. Izatt, J. G. Fujimoto, & V. V. Tuchin (Eds.), OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY AND COHERENCE DOMAIN OPTICAL METHODS IN BIOMEDICINE XVIII Vol. 8934 (pp. 7 pages). San Francisco, CA: SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING.
2014 Li, J., Ma, T., Mohar, D., Correa, A., Minami, H., Jing, J., . . . Chen, Z. (2014). Diagnostic accuracy of an integrated intravascular ultrasound and optical coherence tomography (IVUS-OCT) system for coronary plaque characterization. In B. Choi, N. Kollias, H. Zeng, H. Kang, B. Wong, J. Ilgner, . . . A. Mandelis (Eds.), PHOTONIC THERAPEUTICS AND DIAGNOSTICS X Vol. 8926 (pp. 6 pages). San Francisco, CA: SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING.
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2014 Li, J., Zhang, J., Chou, L., Wang, A., Jing, J., & Chen, Z. (2014). Self optical motion-tracking for endoscopic Optical coherence tomography probe using micro-beamsplitter probe. In B. Choi, N. Kollias, H. Zeng, H. Kang, B. Wong, J. Ilgner, . . . A. Mandelis (Eds.), PHOTONIC THERAPEUTICS AND DIAGNOSTICS X Vol. 8926 (pp. 7 pages). San Francisco, CA: SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING.
2013 Ma, T., Li, J., Jing, J., Li, X., Patel, P. M., Shung, K. K., . . . Zhou, Q. (2013). Real-time co-registered IVUS-OCT catheter for atherosclerotic plaque identification. In IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS (pp. 777-780). Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC: IEEE.
2012 Li, J., Yin, J., Li, X., Jing, J., Mukai, D., Mahon, S., . . . Chen, Z. (2012). Miniature integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT)-ultrasound (US) probe for intravascular imaging. In N. Kollias, B. Choi, H. Zeng, H. W. Kang, B. E. Knudsen, B. J. F. Wong, . . . A. Mandelis (Eds.), Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 8207 (pp. 7 pages). San Francisco, CA: SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING.
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2012 Jing, J., Li, J., Li, X., Yin, J., Zhang, J., Hoang, K., . . . Chen, Z. (2012). Advances in a fully integrated intravascular OCT-ultrasound system for cardiovascular imaging. In J. A. Izatt, J. G. Fujimoto, & V. V. Tuchin (Eds.), Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 8213 (pp. 6 pages). San Francisco, CA: SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING.
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2012 Li, X., Li, J., Jing, J., Ma, T., Mohar, D., Raney, A., . . . Zhou, Q. (2012). Integrated IVUS-OCT catheter for in vivo intravascular imaging. In IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS (pp. 1564-1567). Dresden, GERMANY: IEEE.
1. 2022 NHMRC Development Grant (2022-2025, CIA: Jiawen Li)
Funding amount: $905,058.50. Project title: Hybrid 3D-printed imaging catheter for more accurate cardiovascular disease detection
2. 2021 NHMRC Investigator Grant (2022-2026, CIA: Jiawen Li)
Funding amount: $588,308.31. Project title: Developing more accurate cardiovascular disease detection with a cellular-resolution imaging catheter
3. 2021 Australian Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship (2022-2025, CIA: Jiawen Li)
As one of the most innovative projects, this project has also been awarded a 2021 Paul Korner Innovation Award.
Project title: Ultrathin 3D micro-printed cellular-resolution intravascular imaging catheter to enable accurate detection of critical features of high-risk atherosclerotic plaques in patients
4. 2020 - NHMRC Ideas Grant (2021-2024, CIA: Jiawen Li)
Funding amount: $992,112. Project title: Serial imaging of molecular and microstructural changes in atherosclerosis: tracking plaques towards destabilisation.
5. 2020 - The Hospital Research Foundation Translational Grant (2021-2023, CIA: Jiawen Li)
Funding amount: $70,000. Project title: World’s smallest 3D-printed imaging catheter to identify patients at high risk for myocardial infarction and optimize treatments
6. 2018 - Australian Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2019-2021, CIA: Jiawen Li)
Funding amount: $150,000 by Heart Foundation, and over $300,000 by the administering institution; Project title: Miniaturised multimodal intravascular catheter for in vivo longitudinal studies of high-risk plaques—simultaneous near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) molecular imaging and optical coherence tomography microstructural imaging.
7. 2018 - South Australia Photonics Catalyst Program grant (CIA: Jiawen Li)
Funding amount: $45,000
8. 2018 - Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Emerging Leadership Mentored Development Program (CIA: Jiawen Li)
Funding amount: $39,170
9. 2018 - Australia-Germany Joint Research Copperation Scheme (UA-DAAD, CIA: Jiawen Li)
Funding amount: $20,320+EURO16,000; Project title: 3D printed freeform micro-optics for simultaneous OCT and fluorescence intravascular imaging
10. 2018 - Australia-Germany Joint Research Copperation Scheme (UA-DAAD, as CIB)
Funding amount: $22,000+EURO16,000; Project title: Improved detection of dental disease using a low-cost, high-resolution optical coherence tomography imaging probe
11. 2018 - Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Research Infrastructure Funding Awards (as CIC)
Funding amount: $20,000.
12. 2017 - Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Research Infrastructure Funding Awards (as CIB)
Funding amount: $20,000
13. 2017 - Pilot Project Grant, Institute of Photonics and Advance Sensing (IPAS, CIA: Jiawen Li)
Funding amount: $8,000
14. 2015 - Healy Research Collaboration award, Raine Medical research foundation (CIA: Jiawen Li)
Funding amount: $10,000. This is a grant to support early career researcher to independently lead translational research.
|Course Coordinator||University of Adelaide||2022-ongoing||Principles of Medical Imaging|
|Guest Lecturer||Polytechnique Montreal||2017||Fundamentals of Biomedical Optics|
|Guest Lecturer||University of Southern California||2013||Medical Imaging|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2023 Co-Supervisor The development of a miniaturised fibre-optic imaging needle for the fluorescence detection of 5-ALA-marked high-grade brain cancers. Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Part Time Mr Vasily Lebedev 2023 Co-Supervisor Nonlinear Biomechanical Behaviour of Diseased Carotid Arteries Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kaveh Moghadasi Koohi 2022 Principal Supervisor Multimodal imaging probe for atherosclerotic plaque detection Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Rouyan Chen 2019 Co-Supervisor Development of fibre optic fluorescence probes for multiple applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mingze Yang 2019 Co-Supervisor Microstructured Optical Fibre Sensing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jobaida Akhtar
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor High Resolution Distributed Sensing Using Exposed-Core Fibres Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Lu Peng
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor High resolution microstructured optical fiber sensor The University of Adelaide - Doctorate - Lu Peng
Date Role Board name Institution name Country 2022 - ongoing Council Councillor, Australian and New Zealand Optical Society ANZOS Australia
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2023 - ongoing Co-Chair Australian New Zealand Conference on Optics and Photonics (ANZCOP) Australian New Zealand Optical Society Australia 2022 - ongoing Member Standards Australia committee - HE-003 Medical Electrical Equipment Standards Australia Australia 2022 - ongoing Co-Chair Workshop on 3D Printing of Photonics Materials Australian Insititute of Physics, and Australian and New Zealand Optical Society Australia 2020 - ongoing Member IEEE Photonics Conference 2021 Biophotonics Technical Program Committee IEEE United States 2018 - 2020 Co-Chair CLEO-PR 2020 Technical Program Committee, BioPhotonics Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO-PR 2020) Australia 2018 - 2019 Co-Chair BLiSS Adelaide Conference Committee BLiSS Adelaide Australia 2018 - ongoing Member IEEE Photonics Conference 2019 Biophotonics Technical Program Committee IEEE Photonics Conference United States 2018 - ongoing Member Technical Program Committee, 2019 Asia-Pacific Optical Sensors Conference (APOS) 2019 Asia-Pacific Optical Sensors Conference Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Seminar Series Organising Committee, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Technical Program Committee of the AIP Congress with AOS Conference and ACOFT Australian Optical Society Australia 2017 - ongoing Member IPAS Scientific Leadership Committee (SLC) Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing Australia 2017 - ongoing Chair IPAS Science Network Committee Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing Australia
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2021 - ongoing Associate Editor Journal of Optical Microsystems (SPIE) SPIE - The International society of optics and photonics United States
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