Chenzhong Li, associate professor of biomedical engineering, is being honored with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities at FIU’s Faculty Convocation and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 2 in the Wertheim Performing Arts Center. This award recognizes excellence in scholarly achievement and research.

As one of FIU’s brightest researchers, Li has made a significant impact in the areas of clinical point-of-care diagnostics, biodefense and environmental related applications of biosensor technology, specifically, sensors incorporating whole cells and those used for disease-related biomarker analysis. His research employs the interfacing of bioengineering with cell electronics, bio-nano conjugations, functional nanomaterials, and device fabrication. Li’s work has earned him significant grant support from the National Institute of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Li’s contributions to FIU extend beyond his research. Li has established strong international collaborations in Asia in the development of novel nanosensing devices with partnerships in Japan, India, Kazakhstan, China, and Turkey. Li also continues to serve the biomedical engineering community by working as the associate editor of four scientific journals including Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Chemical Sensors, Biosensors Journal and PLoS One. Li is also a member of several prestigious editorial boards including Nanomedicine NBM, the American Journal of Biomedical Science, the Journal of Nanoscience Letters, Patents on Nanomedicine, the Journal of Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, and the International Journal of Nanomedicine.

While serving as an associate professor at FIU, Li has been honored several times for his work including receiving the Kauffman Professor Award in 2009 and 2011, 2013 JSPS (Japan) Professorship Award and the FIU College of Engineering and Computing (COC) Outstanding Faculty Award in Research in 2013.

Li’s award continues the recognition of a banner year for the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Including Li, three faculty members received national and university honors for excellence in research, advising and mentorship, and student engagement.

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