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Jinghua Li, Ohio State's Early Career Innovator of the Year

Jinghua Li  Ohio State Early Career Innovator

Jinghua Li, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has been named The Ohio State University's 2023 Early Career Innovator of the Year. 

The award recognizes researchers who are actively working to promote commercialization of university intellectual property, through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed or spin-off companies formed.

Li’s research focuses on advanced thin-film materials and electronic tools to develop solutions to medical challenges, such as the diagnosis and treatment of chronic neurodegenerative diseases.

The human body produces a wide range of biophysical and biochemical signals that contain important information about the health condition and the progression of various diseases. But the rigid characteristics of conventional medical systems are not ideal to efficiently capture the signals. So Li’s team is engineering flexible thin-film materials into wearable biomedical devices that bridge the gap between rigid machine and soft biology. Learn more about her work and that of the other award finalists in this video from the Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge.

"I am excited to contribute to the Discovery Themes Chronic Brain Injury program and collaborate with other researchers in imaging, diagnosis and treatment of brain injury,” Li said. “Our ultimate goal is to make a positive impact on human health and well-being through innovative materials research."

Jinghua Li Ohio State Early Career Innovator

Li joined Ohio State in 2019. In addition to her own research, she supports the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, Nanotech West Laboratory and the Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis with her expertise in the function of biomaterials.

“Jinghua’s work on flexible electronics has the potential to diagnose and treat various types of brain injuries,” said Associate Dean for Research Andre Palmer. “She is a shining example of Ohio State’s extraordinary convergence of engineering and medicine.”

Professor Alan Luo was one of three finalists for Ohio State’s Innovator of the Year Award and Chemical Engineering PhD student Rushikesh Joshi was a finalist for the Next Generation Innovator of the Year. The three awards were presented at a special reception held on Thursday, April 20.


By the College of Engineering   |    April 27, 2023

Tag: Medical