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Engineer Jinglei Ping Wins AFOSR YIP for Multiscale Electrical Mapping of Biosystems

Jinglei Ping, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (MIE) in the College of Engineering as well as IALS, has been awarded a prestigious early career award from the Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) in the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to study “Multiscale Electrical Mapping of Biosystems.” Ping is one of 40 U.S. scientists and engineers chosen to receive the YIP grants for 2020.

Ping will use the $450,000 YIP grant to develop a new bioelectronic technology for mapping the physicochemical signals of a whole tissue over long periods of time at high sensitivity and spatiotemporal resolution. The technology, according to Ping, holds the potential to transform the way we study and control large-scale cellular biosystems.

Ping says that in this new technology horizon, significant advancements could be made in a broad spectrum of applications from neuroscience to brain-machine interfaces.

Ping joined MIE and IALS in the fall 2018. The Ping Lab at the Life Science Laboratories is interested in novel properties at the interface of nanomaterials and biosystems and the downstream applications in the development of biomedical tools, healthcare, point-of-care diagnostics, and environmental monitoring.

Jinglei Ping