Name: Jiahe Li Uniqname: jiaheli Department: Biomedical Engineering Title: Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Medical School Photo: Brenda Ahearn/University of Michigan, College of Engineering, Communications and Marketing

Principal Investigator: Jiahe Li (李嘉禾)


  • Post-doc, David Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015-2018
  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, 2009-2015
  • BS, Microbiology, China Agricultural University, 2005-2009

Honors & Awards

  • 2024 Swim Across America (SAA) Young Investigator Award
  • 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
  • 2018 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program, Discovery Award, Department of Defense
  • 2016 David Koch Institute Quinquennial Postdoctoral Fellowship

Current lab members

Amber Haley

Research technician

Amber obtained her BS in microbiology from Eastern Michigan University. Research interests: CRISPR, bacterial conjugation, and microbiome editing

Noah Hutchinson

Postdoctoral Researcher

Noah obtained his PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Research interests: TBD

Zongqi Wang

1st year PhD student in UM BME

Zongqi obtained a MS in Bioengineering from the Northeastern University. Research interests: Bacterial surface display for cancer immunotherapy

Brian Hamp

1st year PhD student in UM BME

Brian obtained his BS in Bioengineering from Northeastern University. He spent a few years in biotech industry before pursuing a PhD in BME. Research interests: TBD

Zeyang Pang

Postdoctoral Researcher

Zeyang obtained his PhD from a joint program of SUSTech (Shenzhen, China) and University of Leeds (UK).Research interests: Antibacteria, bioimaging, and drug delivery

Shaobo Yang

5th year PhD from NEU Bioengineering

Research interests: Bacterial surface display for cancer immunotherapy

Ningyuan Ye

MS student in BME

Research interests: Bacterial engineering for therapeutic development.

Chengyuan Fang

1st year visiting MD-PhD student

Chengyuan is a 1st year MD-PD program student from Harbin Medical University

Research interests: The roles of gut microbiota in cancer immunotherapy


Xin Sun

PhD in Bioengineering, Northeastern University (graduated in 2021)

PhD thesis: Protein Engineering Approaches towards Respiratory Disease Prevention and Therapeutics: From Lung Cancer to COVID-19

Current position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Mengdi Yang

Mengdi Yang

PhD in Bioengineering, Northeastern University (graduated in 2024)

PhD thesis: Innovative Bioengineering Approaches Development: from Host-Microbiome Crosstalk to Therapeutics Production

Current position: Scientist at Hoofprint Biome, North Carolina
  • Rui Zhang (lab manager)
  • Hangu Nam (MS in BioE, Northeastern University)
  • Valeria Marquez (BS in BioE, Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología, Peru)
  • Ge Zhu (MS in Biotechnology, Northeastern University)
  • Yun Ni (MS in BioE, Northeastern University)
  • Shana Broitman (BS in BioE and CS, Northeastern University)
  • Ahmed Bekdash (BS in Biochemistry, Northeastern University)
  • Thomas Conway (BS in BioE, Northeastern University)
  • Myer Hussain (BS in BioE, Northeastern University)
  • Yara AlOmair (BS in BioE, Northeastern University)
  • Myria Scott (BS ChemE, Northeastern University)
  • Helena Jenkins (BS in BioE, Northeastern University)
  • Ian Hay (BS in BioE, Northeastern University)
  • Peter Doran (BS in BioE, Northeastern University)
  • Yuqianxun Wu (BS in BioE, Northeastern University)
  • Shreya Basireddy (BS in BioE, Northeastern University)