Principal Investigator Ximin He

Ximin He is an assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles and Faculty of California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). Dr. He was postdoctoral research fellow in Wyss Institute of Bioinspired Engineering and School of Engineering and Applied Science with Professor Joanna Aizenberg at Harvard University. Dr. He received her PhD in Chemistry in the fields of Nanoscience and Organic Optoelectronics from University of Cambridge, Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, Cavendish Laboratory and Nanoscience Center. Dr. He’s research focuses biologically inspired functional smart materials, chemical and biological sensors, actuators with broad applications in materials science, biomedicine, environment, energy, and robotics. Her research on bioinspired homeostatic materials, chemo-mechanical molecule separation, artificial phototropic materials for solar harvesting, and the phototactic swimming robots have garnered a number of regional and international awards and was featured in >100 international news outlets.

Honors and Awards

 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award (2020)
 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar (2019-2021) (15/yr selected worldwide)
 International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) Outstanding Youth Award (2019) (2 selected/3 yrs worldwide)
 Hellman Fellows Award (2018)
 Journal of Materials Research Early Career Scholar (2018)
 UCLA Faculty Career Development Award (2017; 2018)
 Air Force Young Investigators Research Program (YIP) Award (2016-2019)
 NSF CAREER Award (2016-2021)
 Medtronic Best Presentation Award of the Material Research Society MRS 2016 Spring meeting
 The Best Bioinspired Innovation Award of 2013 by Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN)
 Harvard Postdoctoral Award for Professional Development (2013)
 The Best Poster Award of the Material Research Society MRS 2011 Fall meeting
 Government Award for Outstanding Students in UK (2010, nationwide)
 UK Excellent Young Scientist by the W. Wing Yip & Brothers Bursaries (2009, 8 selected nationwide)
 UK Overseas Research Scholarship (2006-2010)
 Gates Cambridge Trust Scholarship (2006-2010, ~20/yr selected worldwide)
 Excellent Dissertation of Tsinghua Univ (2006)
 First Class Scholarship for Outstanding Student of THU (2005)

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