Professor Song Li is Chair of the Department of Bioengineering. He earned his B.S. and M.S. from Beijing University and received his Ph.D. in bioengineering at UC San Diego under renowned scholar Dr. Shu Chien. Dr. Li joined UCLA Engineering in 2016 from UC Berkeley, where he was a faculty member in bioengineering since 2001 and has served as advisor or co-advisor to more than 30 Ph.D. students.
Professor Li’s research interests include cell engineering and mechanobiology, cardiovascular bioengineering, in situ tissue engineering, immunoengineering and theranostic tissue engineering. His work has been published in many scientific journals such as Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Science Translational Medicine and PNAS. He has been elected as a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Society and the International Academy of Medical and Biology Engineering.
Professor Li has actively served in the scientific community and played a leadership role in many academic activities. He has chaired national and international conferences and symposia on biomedical engineering, mechanobiology and biomechanics, vascular tissue engineering and other topics. He has served on advisory panels for numerous governmental and research organizations in over 10 countries. He has reviewed papers for more than 50 scientific journals, edited three books and served on the editorial board of three journals.