Jiawen Li

Associate Professor Jiawen Li

Associate Professor

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 Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Global 35 Under 35 by MIT Technology Review, Superstar of STEM, Australian Optical Society Early Career Researcher Prize, National Heart Foundation Innovation Award, and Best New Invention Award by Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia). She has also secured >$3 million research funding as the lead chief investigator (CIA), including NHMRC Ideas, Investigator and Development grants.

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 2024 include:
1. Ultrathin 3D micro-printed imaging catheter (with opportunities to spend >=1 year in Stuttgart, Germany)
2. Real-time optical imaging of the aqueous flow pathways of eye (with potential industry collaboration opportunities)
3. Neural-network-based methods for plaque classification in intravascular optical imaging

Dr Jiawen Li has been named in the 2023 global list of Innovators Under 35  by the MIT Technology Review for her work in biomedical engineering. Dr Li is the only recipient of this prestigious global recognition from Australia.
Dr Jiawen Li has been named in the 2023 global list of Innovators Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review for her work in biomedical engineering. Dr Li is the only recipient of this prestigious global recognition from Australia.

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.

30-second video for you to learn more about our research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIukntRQmZA
Dr Jiawen Li - Finalist, 2023 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher - YouTube

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 (Channel 10 interview) and world-first single-fibre-based probe that can simultaneously measure temperature and see deep inside the body.

 

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: 

Two imaging catheters unite to better detect dangerous plaques in arteries | ScienceDaily

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

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

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

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

Precision diagnosis for heart disease using a 3D nano-printed imaging device (youtube.com)

 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2024 - ongoing Associate Professor, NHMRC EL1 Fellow, and Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow University of Adelaide
    2022 - 2023 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 Award Best New Invention Award Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA) Australia -
    2023 Recognition 35 Innovators Under 35 (Global list) MIT Technology Review United States -
    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
  • 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. 2023 Commercialisation Accelerator Scheme (2024, CIA: Li)

Funding amount: $200,000; project title: Multimodal Imaging Device for Plaque Characterisation

2. 2023 Australia-Germany Joint Research Copperation Scheme (2024-25, UA-DAAD, CIA: Jiawen Li)

Funding amount: $25,000+EURO16,000; Project title: 3D-printed micro-endoscopes, with reduced straylight, for more accurate detection of heart diseases

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

7. 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

8. 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.

9. 2018 - South Australia Photonics Catalyst Program grant (CIA: Jiawen Li)

Funding amount: $45,000

10. 2018 - Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Emerging Leadership Mentored Development Program (CIA: Jiawen Li)

Funding amount: $39,170

11. 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

12. 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

13. 2018 - Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Research Infrastructure Funding Awards (as CIC)

Funding amount: $20,000.

14. 2017 - Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Research Infrastructure Funding Awards (as CIB)

Funding amount: $20,000

15. 2017 - Pilot Project Grant, Institute of Photonics and Advance Sensing (IPAS, CIA: Jiawen Li)

Funding amount: $8,000

16. 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
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
    2024 Principal Supervisor Leveraging 3D Printing, Beam-Shaping, and Ultrahigh-Resolution Techniques for Improved Cardiovascular Imaging Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Claudia Imiolczyk
    2024 Principal Supervisor Continuous imaging of molecular and microstructural changes in atherosclerosis by a 3d-printed multimodal endoscope Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Yujia Kong
    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
  • 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
    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
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2023 - ongoing Member Advanced Photonics SPIE United States
    2021 - ongoing Associate Editor Journal of Optical Microsystems (SPIE) SPIE - The International society of optics and photonics United States
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83138187
  • Email: jiawen.li01@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor 3
  • Org Unit: Biomedical Engineering

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