The Li Lab @ GWU

Welcome to the Nanophotonics and Microfluidics Lab at GW!



Sensors and devices with biomedical applications.


Use of small quantities of fluids for various purposes.


Using light on the nano-scale for biomedical applications.


Collaborative Asthma sensor project

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Quan won an Honorable Mention Prize at the 10th Annual GW SEAS Research and Development Showcase. Congratulations Quan!

2016 GW R&D Showcase Award Winners


Our work was featured on Reuters Moments of Innovations: ‘Tricorder’ brings diagnosis into the home


Allan just won the First Place Prize (tied) at the 9th Annual GW SEAS Research and Development Showcase. Congratulations Allan! You can watch Allan’s presentation below.


Recent Publications

More Publications coming soon. A full list can be found here.

. Medical Devices on Chips. Nature Biomedical Engineering, 2017.



Ph.D. Students

  • Quan Dong, BME - Bendable and Stretchable Microsystems, Wearable ECG Sensors
  • Baichen Li, BME - Handheld In-Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) Systems, Wearable Alcohol Sensors


  • Jessica Burr - Wearable Continuous Glucose Sensor for Neonates

Master Students

  • Jun Wang, BME

Undergraduate Students

  • Jose Almeida, BME
  • Nam Tran, BME
  • Sydney Bailes, BME
  • Priyadharshini Seetharaman, BME

High School Students

  • Jennifer Boateng, Charles Herbert Flowers High School
  • Jerry Lu, Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Philip Neighbor, Langley High School
  • Shannon Kirkland, Oxon Hill High School
  • Jessica Peyton


  • Allan Guan, Ph.D. 2016 (now postdoc at FDA/CDRH) - ‘Microfluidics for Regulatory Science and Single Cell Analysis’
  • Chia-Pin Chang, Postdoc (now at the Institute of Microelectronics, Singapore)
  • Liusongsen, Yang, M.S.
  • Richard Smith, BME Undergraduate (now at HHMI Janelia Farm)
  • Aditi Shenoy, BME Undergraduate (now at FDA)
  • Aaron Cheng, BME Undergraduate
  • Gillian Costa, BME Undergraduate
  • Joshua Dean, BME Undergraduate
  • Lauren Decorte, BME Undergraduate
  • Krista Harbold, ECE Undergraduate
  • Rebecca Lee, BME Undergraduate (now at US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC))
  • Shayda Shahbazi, ECE Undergraduate
  • Alan Wells (BME Undergraduate, now a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis)
  • Jeremy Zafran (M.S., now with Cisco Systems, Inc.)
  • Felipe Zambrano, BME Undergraduate (now a PhD candidate at Texas A&M Univ.)


  • (202) 994-4272
  • Science and Engineering Hall, Room 5980, 800 22nd Street NW, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052
  • R: 1:00 - 3:00 pm