Rui Li is currently a Ph.D. student at Purdue University, pursuing biophotonics imaging research and developing imaging technologies for breast cancer assessment via photoacoustic tomography.
Rui received B.S. degree in optics at Qingdao University, China, and his M.S. degree in Chinese Academy of Sciences focused on all-solid-state lasers. During his M.S. study, he worked with Prof. Weibiao Chen. For his Ph.D. studies at Purdue University, he is working under the guidance of Prof. Ji-Xin Cheng and is focused on breast cancer. As a part of his research work, he has built an intraoperative breast cancer margin assessment tool, and was awarded the 2016 SPIE Translational Research Award and 1st place in 2015 BMEidea competition sponsored by VentureWell. He has authored several peer-reviewed papers. Rui has obtained three patents in the area of solid-state laser and medical imaging, and has licensed his technology to Vibronix inc.
Rui is a fan of table tennis and has judged the university competition several times. He lives with his wife and kitty in West Lafayette, IN.
Rui once rode 80 miles in a day on his bike, and ended up in the Pacific Ocean during a bike-riding trip in 2010.