Jiawen Li

Dr Jiawen Li

Senior Lecturer

School of Electrical and Electronic 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 >$2 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.

World’s smallest imaging device has heart disease in focus
World’s smallest imaging device has heart disease in focus
Channel 10 News https://universityofadelaide.cmail20.com/t/d-l-cltdlil-trjruhudir-m/ Miniaturised endoscopes hold great potential for imaging delicate organs, but it is difficult to achieve high quality imaging with very small components. Dr Li and team used laser 3D microprinting to produce optical components just 125 micrometers in size, including a tiny prism that focuses and directs light, and corrects aberrations.

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.

We recently invented a world-first tiny fibre-optic probe that can simultaneously measure temperature and see deep inside the body. Combining optical imaging and sensing technologies into a single-fibre (size of human hair) will enable researchers to unravel fundamental biological processes in vivo in a minimal invasive way, which are not accessible using present approaches
Dr Li and team invented a world-first single-fibre-based probe that can simultaneously measure temperature and see deep inside the body. Combining optical imaging and biochemical/physical sensing technologies into a single fibre (size of human hair) will enable researchers to unravel fundamental biological processes in vivo in a minimal invasive way, which are not accessible using present approaches.

 

Top 100 Inspirational women by March 8 Magazine (https://march8.com/magazine/march8-top-100-inspirational-women-march-2022)
Because of her research and outreach activities, Dr Jiawen Li has been named among Top 100 Inspirational women for 2022 as Angela Merkel, Melinda Gates and Dr Kathryn D. Sullivan, selected by the influential UK-based magazine March8 (https://march8.com/magazine/march8-top-100-inspirational-women-march-2022)

 

More about Dr Jiawen Li's work: 

https://createdigital.org.au/hairs-breadth-probe-can-navigate-bodys-circulatory-system/

Making a difference: Outcomes of ARC supported research 2020–21

https://www.nibib.nih.gov/news-events/newsroom/two-imaging-catheters-unite-better-detect-dangerous-plaques-arteries

http://ahj.com.au/heart/hairs-breadth-endoscopes-to-detect-plaque/

http://www.octnews.org/articles/5026989/feature-of-the-week-11-24-13-miniature-oct-ivus-pr/

https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/researchers-3d-print-endoscopic-imaging-device-for-improved-cardio-care-174070/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag13_fxoARA

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 - ongoing 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
    2022 Award L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award/Fellowship L’Oréal-UNESCO Australia
    2021 Award National Heart Foundation Paul Korner Innovation Award National Heart Foundation Australia
    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
  • Education

    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
  • Research Interests

1. 2021 NHMRC Investigator Grant (2022-2026, CIA: Dr Jiawen Li)

Funding amount: $588,308.31 Project title: Developing more accurate cardiovascular disease detection with a cellular-resolution imaging catheter

2. 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

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 2018 - South Australia Photonics Catalyst Program grant (CIA: Jiawen Li)

Funding amount: $45,000

6. 2018 - Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Emerging Leadership Mentored Development Program (CIA: Jiawen Li)

Funding amount: $39,170

7. 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

8. 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

9. 2018 - Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Research Infrastructure Funding Awards (as CIC)

Funding amount: $20,000.

10. 2017 - Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Research Infrastructure Funding Awards (as CIB)

Funding amount: $20,000

11. 2017 - Pilot Project Grant, Institute of Photonics and Advance Sensing (IPAS, CIA: Jiawen Li)

Funding amount: $8,000

12. 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.

  Institute Year Course
Lecturer University of Adelaide 2022 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
    2022 Principal Supervisor Multimodal imaging probe for atherosclerotic plaque detection Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Rouyan Chen
    2021 Co-Supervisor Optical Imaging Technologies for Improved Surgery Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Vasily Lebedev
    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
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2022 - ongoing Council Councillor, Australian and New Zealand Optical Society ANZOS Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    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
  • Editorial Boards

    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
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83138187
  • Email: jiawen.li01@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor 3
  • Org Unit: School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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