Jiao Jiao Li

University of Technology Sydney

Sydney, NSW

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


As a biomedical engineer working in regenerative medicine, I envision a future where stem cells and bioactive materials can be ‘personalised’ to provide optimal treatments for major diseases. I am currently developing regenerative therapies for musculoskeletal disorders including osteoarthritis – a debilitating joint disease affecting hundreds of millions of people, old and young across the globe.

My research is enabled by my connections with universities, collaborators, industry partners, and our community. I love bringing people together from around the world with different backgrounds, cultures, skills and experiences to jointly solve medical challenges, and passing on the passion of creating STEM solutions to the next generation.

My work has attracted a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) fellowship and Endeavour fellowship, the NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award 2022, national 1st place in Falling Walls Lab Australia 2021, and career achievement awards from national societies (ASMR, MBSANZ, AWTRS). I am also Co-Deputy Director and a chief investigator on the $7M Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering. I was trained through a combined Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (Honours I with University Medal)/Medical Science and a PhD from the University of Sydney.

I have a great passion for science communication, working with younger people, and helping to increase diversity in STEM. My connections with our community are further enabled by my role as a Science & Technology Australia 2021-22 Superstar of STEM.


Jiao Jiao identifies as culturally and linguistically diverse and having a disability.