Ming Li

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  • 881 Citations
  • 19 h-Index
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Dr Ming Li is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering at Macquarie University (2018-present). She completed her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wollongong in July 2013. Before joining MQ, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston, USA (2013-2014); and at the Department of Bioengineering and Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (2014-2017).

Dr Li has consistently been at the forefront of advanced biotechnologies in the field of microfluidics and plasmonics, especially for cell and molecular manipulation, detection and analysis. This is evidenced by her 30 peer-reviewed articles published in high-impact journals, which include CellNature ProtocolsSmallAnalytical ChemistryLab on a Chip and Nanoscale with over 1000 citations and an h-index of 19 (November 1st, 2019, Google Scholar). 

Research interests

  • Droplet microfluidics for single-cell analysis 
  • Cell/particle separation and manipulation in microfluidics  
  • Plasmonic nanosensors for biomolecular characterisation
  • Cytometry for cellular heterogeneity profiling

Dr Li is looking for HDR students interested in using microtechnology for applications in cellular biophysics, cancer diagnosis and molecular biology. Interested students please send an email to Dr Li and include your CV.

Education/Academic qualification

Mechancial Engineering , PhD, University of Wollongong

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

3 Nov 201431 Dec 2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Houston

15 Sep 201331 Oct 2014

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Projects 2018 2021

Research Outputs 2012 2019

  • 881 Citations
  • 19 h-Index
  • 27 Article
  • 11 Conference proceeding contribution
  • 1 Conference paper
  • 1 Letter

Automatic morphology control of liquid metal using a combined electrochemical and feedback control approach

Li, M., Anver, H. M. C. M., Zhang, Y., Tang, S-Y. & Li, W., Mar 2019, In : Micromachines. 10, 3, p. 1-7 7 p., 209.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Liquid metals
Feedback control

Dean-flow-coupled elasto-inertial particle and cell focusing in symmetric serpentine microchannels

Yuan, D., Sluyter, R., Zhao, Q., Tang, S., Yan, S., Yun, G., Li, M., Zhang, J. & Li, W., Mar 2019, In : Microfluidics and Nanofluidics. 23, 3, p. 1-9 9 p., 41.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


High-throughput, off-chip microdroplet generator enabled by a spinning conical frustum

Tang, S-Y., Wang, K., Fan, K., Feng, Z., Zhang, Y., Zhao, Q., Yun, G., Yuan, D., Jiang, L., Li, M. & Li, W., 5 Mar 2019, In : Analytical Chemistry. 91, 5, p. 3725-3732 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Liquid metals

A gelatin microdroplet platform for high-throughput sorting of hyperproducing single-cell-derived microalgal clones

Li, M., van Zee, M., Riche, C. T., Tofig, B., Gallaher, S. D., Merchant, S. S., Damoiseaux, R., Goda, K. & Di Carlo, D., 2 Nov 2018, In : Small. 14, 44, p. 1-9 9 p., 1803315.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Clone Cells

High-throughput imaging flow cytometry by optofluidic time-stretch microscopy

Lei, C., Kobayashi, H., Wu, Y., Li, M., Isozaki, A., Yasumoto, A., Mikami, H., Ito, T., Nitta, N., Sugimura, T., Yamada, M., Yatomi, Y., Di Carlo, D., Ozeki, Y. & Goda, K., 5 Jul 2018, In : Nature Protocols. 13, 7, p. 1603-1631 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Flow cytometry
Flow Cytometry
Microscopic examination