Department of Physics & Engineering - Faculty Details

Dr. Yiyan Li

Dr. Yiyan Li
Assistant Professor of Physics & Engineering


  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Embedded Systems/FPGA
  • Microfluidics
  • Microbiology


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2016
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Chongqing University, 2012
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Henan University of Science and Technology, 2009



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About Dr. Yiyan Li 

Dr. Yiyan Li is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the department of Physics & Engineering at Fort Lewis College. He received the B.S. degree from Henan University of Sciences & Technology and the M.S. degree in Chongqing University. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2016.

At UNLV, his research project in ‘single droplet EWOD microbial fuel cells’ was funded for $30k by an FOA program, and his joint project with Cornell University and the University of Cincinnati received $466k from NSF renewable energy program for the development/analysis of electrogenic bacteria for microbial fuel cells. At UC Irvine, he participated in an NIH R33 grant application for a translational study of genotypic cancer detection using microfluidic technologies.

From 2016 to 2017 he led an NIH R01 project ($5M) in the University of California, Irvine to combat antibiotic resistant bacteria using single digit sensitivity optical detectors. During this period, he served as the project scientist of Velox Biosystems, LLC for digital droplet PCR development and the research advisor for Amberstone, LLC for the development of a high throughput droplet sorter. Over past years of graduate/industrial projects, he focused on the development of digital/analog devices/sensors/actuators for the applications in healthcare. 


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