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Ling Li

Assistant Professor
  • Thrust Area Specialty: Bio, Micro & Nano Systems
Ling Li
431 Goodwin Hall (0238)
635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Interests

  • Biological structural materials
  • Bio-inspired materials
  • Biomineralization
  • Self-assembly
  • Crystal growth and design
  • Mechanical behavior of materials
  • Multifunctional materials

See Dr. Li's publications and research on Google Scholar

  • 2016-Present, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2014-2016, Postdoctoral Fellow, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University
  • 2009-2014, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2020 - 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award 
  • 2020 - ICTAS Junior Faculty Award
  • 2020 – National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2019 - Outstanding Assistant Professor Award, Virginia Tech
  • 2019 - MIT TR35 China Award
  • 2018 - AFOSR YIP Award
  • 2017 - Assistant Professor Mentoring Grant Award, Virginia Tech
  • 2016 – Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award
  • 2016 - First place, Poster Contest in Center for Nanoscale Systems, Harvard
  • 2015 – 3rd place, Poster Contest in Center for Nanoscale Systems, Harvard University
  • 2013 – Global Fellows Program Fellowship, MIT
  • 2010 – Top Prize ($10,000 award) MADMEC Competition, MIT
  • 2010 – Best Entry, Research Image Competition, DMSE, MIT
  • 2008 – Lijen Industrial Development Medal (best academic senior thesis in the discipline)
  • 2008 – Materials Research Society (Singapore) Gold Medal
  • Ph.D. - Material Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014
  • B.S., Material Science and Engineering, National Universit of Singapore, 2008