Jiahe Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering


Rm 2568 (Lab), MSRB II
1150 Medical Center Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5622


(734) 647-6824


  • Post-doc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015-2018
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, 2009-2015
  • B.S., Microbiology, China Agricultural University, 2005-2009

Research Interests

The Li research group in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor focuses on the development of molecular and live cell-based therapeutics, with a major emphasis on the use of bioconjugation chemistry, synthetic biology, and microbiology to interrogate and manipulate interactions between therapeutics, the microbiome, and host.

Research Areas:

Bio-Micro Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering, Cancer, Drug Delivery and Therapeutics, Immunology, Synthetic Biology

Personal Pronouns


Professional Service

  • DEI Committee


Dr. Jiahe Li was an assistant professor at Northeastern University’s bioengineering department before coming to U-M BME. He completed his B.S. in Microbiology at China Agricultural University, Beijing, China, and received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University. Dr. Li completed his postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a David Koch Quinquennial Postdoctoral Fellow in the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.


  • 2023 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award
  • 2023 NSF CAREER
  • 2021 NIBIB Trailblazer Award
  • 2021 Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program, Idea Award, Department of Defense
  • 2020 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program, Discovery Award, Department of Defense