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Jinghua Li presents her research on probes for glutamate sensing and potential adaptation to other neurotransmitters

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Biomedical Research Tower - Building 112
460 W 12th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

A Miniaturized Neural Probe for Continuous Monitoring of Neoronal Chemicals in Living Animals with TBI

Jinghua Li Ohio State Early Career Innovator
Jinghua Li oversees a researcher in her lab.


Chemical biomarkers in the central nervous system offer insights into neurological diseases. Glutamate, a key neurotransmitter, is elevated in conditions like brain injury, Alzheimer's, stroke, and epilepsy. In this presentation, Dr. Li will introduce a class of miniaturized, mechanical flexible probes for glutamate sensing. These sensors can track real-time glutamate changes and aid neuroscience research and diagnostics for disorders. Adapting this design to other neurotransmitters could potentially transform our understanding of neuronal signaling and advance neuroscience.

Professor Li's presentation is part of the Chronic Brain Injury Program's Neurotrauma Lectures. This lecture series is open to the public and available in person.

Jinghua Li is a professor with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. She received a grant for the development of a sensor used during rehabililtation of traumatic brain injury patients in 2021.

Li was also part of a study that evaluates biomarkers in sweat through a "smart necklace" in 2022. "...researchers believe this sensor could one day be customized as bioimplants and used to detect neurotransmitters and hormones, which could help identify ion disorders in cerebrospinal fluid associated with secondary brain injury, or even lead to a new understanding of how the brain functions," Li said in the 2022 article. 

Also in 2022, Professor Li was awarded a project from the NSF aimed at developing semiconductor nanomembranes capable of interpreting properties of chemical biomarkers

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