Jiawen Li

Dr Jiawen Li

Lecturer

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr. Jiawen Li received her BS degree in Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 2010, and her PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of California Irvine in 2015. Her research interests include optical coherence tomography (OCT), imaging+sensing fibre-optic probes, Doppler OCT, multimodality imaging and ultra-thin endoscopes.

Funded mainly by National Heart Foundation, she has started to work as an independent researcher since Jan. 2019. She is 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.

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 cell culture.

To overcome this limit, we have been developing a suite of multimodality fibre-optic probes that allow real-time measurements deep in 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
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.

http://blog.cnbp.org.au/cnbp/wp/2020/01/15/getting-to-the-heart-of-disease/

http://freshscience.org.au/state/sa/tiny-probe

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

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

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

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 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
    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. 2018 - Australian Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (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.

2. 2018 - South Australia Photonics Catalyst Program grant (CIA: Jiawen Li)

Funding amount: $45,000

3. 2018 - Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Emerging Leadership Mentored Development Program (CIA: Jiawen Li)

Funding amount: $39,170

4. 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

5. 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

6. 2018 - Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Research Infrastructure Funding Awards (as CIC)

Funding amount: $20,000.

7. 2018- ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics Small Equipment Grant (CIA: Jiawen Li)

Funding amount: $5000

8. 2017 - Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Research Infrastructure Funding Awards (as CIB)

Funding amount: $20,000

9. 2017 - Pilot Project Grant, Institute of Photonics and Advance Sensing (IPAS, CIA: Jiawen Li)

Funding amount: $8,000

10. 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 Topic
Guest Lecturer Polytechnique Montreal 2017 Optical coherence tomography
Guest Lecturer University of Southern California 2013 Optical coherence tomography

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Microstructured Optical Fibre Sensing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jobaida Akhtar
    2019 Co-Supervisor Development of fibre optic fluorescence probes for multiple applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mingze Yang
    2018 Co-Supervisor Fiber Imaging 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
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Co-Chair CLEO-PR 2020 Technical Program Committee, BioPhotonics Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO-PR 2020) Australia
    2018 - ongoing 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
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83138187
  • Email: jiawen.li01@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: The Braggs, floor 2
  • Room: 2 11
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Medical School

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