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Welcome to the Li Microfluidic Bioanalysis group at UTEP.

Our mission is to develop state-of-the-art microfluidic and nano techniques/approaches for cutting-edge research in biological science, forensic science, and biomedical engineering.

We welcome talented individuals to join the group for innovative discovery in a multidisciplinary research environment.


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  • 03/16/2014: Our group reseach has seen selected in the 2014 UTEP Vistor's Guide.
  • 03/05/2014: Dr. Li gave an oral presentation at Pittcon 2014 conference.
  • 03/01/2014: Dr. Li serves as a Member of the Graduate School Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Selection Committee.
  • 02/20/2014: Feng's paper is officially published. Shen, F.; Li, X. J.*; Li, P. C. H. Study of flow behaviors on single-cell manipulation and shear stress reduction in microfluidic chips using CFD simulationsBiomicrofluidics, 2014, 8, 014109 (1-12).
  • 02/09/2014: A paper has been accepted by Biomicrofluidics. Congratulations to Feng Shen! Shen, F.; Li, X. J.*; Li, P. C. H. Study of flow behaviors on single-cell manipulation and shear stress reduction in microfluidic chips using CFD simulations,  Biomicrofluidics, 2014, Accepted.
  • 01/16/2014: A new grant from CoS has been awarded for Multidisciplinary Research with collaborators Dr. Dominguez (College of Health Sciences) and Dr. Das (Biology). Cheers.
  • 01/02/2014: A manuscript submitted to Critical Reviews in Biotechnology (IF5.1) has been accepted!  (coauthored with Hao Qi. ..and Feng Xu et al, title:In vitro spatially organizing the differentiation in individual multicellular stem cell aggregates)
  • 12/20/2013: Our collaborative research in pertussis study has been highlighted in UTEP Magazine (Centenial Kickoff Issue or Winter 2014 Issue, Page 42-43)!
  • 12/10/2013: One paper has been accepted by Can. J. Pure & Appl. Sci. 2014.
  • 12/6/2013: Reyna Rey won the undergraduate Academic and Research Excellence Award in Chemistry. Congratulations! Reyna! Well done!
  • 11/07/2013: Maowei made an oral presentation in UTEP Graduate Expo 2013 and his presentation was ranked the second place from 52 oral presentations and 31 poster presentations! Congratulation, Maowei! Well done. More info about Graduate Expo 2013.
  • 10/30/2013: The book of  "Microfluidic devices for biomedical applications" edited by Dr. Li and Yu is released. also available on Amazon.
  • 10/29/2013: Dr. Li gave an oral presentation in MicroTAS conference 2013 in Germany. MicroTAS 2014 will be held in Texas.
  • 09/11/2013: New Graduate Student Positions available in Spring 2014 in Microfluidics & Bioanalysis! Please check the Positions section and check with Dr. Li for more detail.
  • 09/09/2013: Dr. Xinyan Bi, as a new research fellow/postdoc, joined the group. Welcome, Xinyan!
  • 09/01/2013: Dr. Li is invited to serve on a NSF grant proposal review Panel.
  • 08/26/2013: A collaborated project with Prof. Chunqiang Li, Chuan Xiao, Igor Almeida, Wei Qian, and Mattias Fischer to study highly movable biological objects using hybrid microscopic methods has been funded by UTEP IDR2.
  • 08/26/2013: Students Marcos and Pamela joined the group. Welcome!
  • 08/13/2013: Our work about hybrid microfluidic system has been accepted as an ORAL presentation in the MicroTAS conference 2013, one of the most prestigious conferences in this field. There were ~1200 abstract submissions. Only less than 8.7% submissions were accepted as Oral presentation. Congratulations!
  • 08/12/2013: One new Ph.D. student Sanj Sharma in Chemistry joined the group! Welcome, Sanj!
  • 08/12/2013: One new Master student Juan Sanchez in the new Biomedical Engineering program (BME)  joined the group! Welcome, Juan!
  • 08/02/2013: A farewell party for Mengli Feng and a summer 'retreat' in the Hoppy Monk pub. See photos from the Gallery.
  • 08/01/2013: Dr. Li is invited to the Grant Peer Review Panel by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • 07/31/2013: One undergraduate student Marcos Castaneda joined the group! Welcome,Marcos!
  • 07/12/2013: Our paper entitled "A PDMS /paper /glass hybrid microfluidic biochip integrated with aptamer-functionalized graphene oxide nano-biosensors for one-step multiplexed pathogen detection" has been accepted for publication in Lab on a Chip. Congratulations to Peng!   
  • 06/26/2013: Student Reyna Rey joined the group. Welcome!
  • 06/25/2013: Research about infectious diseases has been highlighted by UTEP News as a full story. http://newsuc.utep.edu/index.php/research-news/1050-chemists-work-to-speed-up-diagnosis-of-deadly-disease
  • 06/12/2013: Research about Whooping cough has been highlighted by UTEP News. http://newsuc.utep.edu/index.php/latest-news-2/1039-grant-to-make-whooping-cough-diagnosis-device-possible
  • 06/01/2013: Dr. Li is invited to the NASA Grant Peer Review Panel!
  • 05/27/2013: Student Juan Sanchez joined the group for intensive summer research. Welcome!
  • 05/26/2013: Student Mengli Feng from Beijing Normal University joined the group for intensive summer research. Welcome!
  • 05/25/2013: Dr. Li chaired a session, and also gave an oral presentation in Sensing and Biosensing at the Conference of Advances of Microfluidics & Nanofluidics (AMN 2013).
  • 04/11/2013: We are on UTEP News! check this out! http://newsuc.utep.edu/index.php/latest-news-2/958-chemist-to-develop-more-rapid-low-cost-diagnosis-for-meningitis
  • 04/17/2013: Dr. Li was interviewed by TV abc channel 7 regarding bioassays, and the interview was broadcasted on abc News at 9 pm and 10 pm.
  • 04/02/2013: A new research associate/technician/postdoc postion in the group is now open. More detail about this position will be posted shortly.
  • 04/02/2013: A NIH grant application (~$450,000) about infectious disease diagnosis has been just awarded! Congratulation to the Group! Thanks to NIH and all the team members! :)
  • 03/20/2013: Dr. Li gave an oral presentation about multiplexed pathogen detection in the Pittcon 2013 conference held in Philadelphia, PA.
  • 03/01/2013: Dr. Li has been invited to give a seminar in the Department of Biology and BBRC at UTEP on March 1st 2013.
  • 02/01/2013: A URI (University Research Incentive) grant application about droplet-based microfluidic systems has been awarded!
  • 01/07/2013Dr. Li is Co-editing a Special Issue in The Scientific Word Journal. Topic "Bioanalysis and Environmental Analysis Using Nanomaterials" For more details, please visit http://www.hindawi.com/journals/tswj/si/936752/cfp/
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Dr. XiuJun (James) Li


Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
& Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC)
& Materials Science and Engineering (MASE)
University of Texas at El Paso

E-mail: xli4 (at) utep.edu
Office: (915)747.8967

Ph.D., Simon Fraser University
(with Prof. Paul Li)
Postdoctoral, Harvard University
(with Prof. George Whitesides)
& UC Berkeley
(With Prof. Richard Mathies)