Dr. Sheng Li is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Dr. Li obtained her Bachelor’s degree from MIT (2002) and her PhD degree from Princeton University (2013). She also had several years of industrial experience, working at DuPont’s Central R& D division, first as a technical engineer (2004-2006), then as a research investigator (2014-2015).
The research theme of her lab at KAIST is polymer materials, specifically hybrid block copolymers. Her lab works on the synthesis, characterization, and application development of novel block copolymers that contain both synthetic polymer blocks and natural polymer blocks. She is interested in understanding the microstructures and physical properties of these materials, and ultimately to translate these fundamental understandings to the design and development of next-generation advanced polymer materials. Some of the research projects her lab is actively working on these days include DNA and RNA containing hybrid block copolymers and saccharide based block copolymers.