Jing Jiang

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jing Jiang

Primary Research Area

  • Biomedical Imaging, Bioengineering, and Acoustics - Biosensors and bioelectronics

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  • PhD, ECE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • MS, ECE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015 
  • BS, EE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
  • Undergraduate study, Communication Eng, Zhejiang University, 2009


Dr. Jing Jiang is the lecturer of the ECE department and the co-founder/CTO of LifeFoundry, Inc. since 2017. After studied in Zhejiang University for three years, Dr. Jiang finished his BS, MS, PhD study in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and published more than 30 journal papers and conference proceedings. During graduate study, Dr. Jiang was a major contributor to a multi-disciplinary project, Mobosens, a smart-phone based electro-chemical sensor, which has won $1,200,000 prizes including Vodafone wireless innovation award, Nokia sensing XChallenge distinguished award, SBIR, etc. With this project, Dr. Jiang also won prizes in different business competitions, more importantly he has gained a series of skills needed for startup and entrepreneurship, including business plan developing, product developing, even film shooting and editing, etc.

In 2017, Dr. Jiang co-founded LifeFoundry, which develops versatile robotic platforms to create high-valued functional biological systems. The company applies robotics, synthetic biology, IoT, and AI to re-invent the R&D in biotech industry.

Other Professional Employment

  •  CTO & Co-founder, LifeFoundry, Inc. Feb 2017 ~ present

Major Consulting Activities

  • Solution for Project WeChat msg to 32,000 ft2, Qin Han Tang International & Culture Plaza, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

Other Professional Activities

  • Reviewer: Small, Sensors & Actuators B: Chemical, Sensors & Actuators A: Physical, Material, Sensors, IEEE Photonics, Optical Materials, Computers in Industry, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Journal of Sensors, Sensor Review, Advances in Nanomaterials

Professional Highlights

  • A leader of innovating interdisciplinary teams and projects and block remover
  • The co-founder of multiple companies with multi-million funding
  • 10-year experience in bio-sensor design and fabrication

Teaching Statement

Dr. Jiang is excited in teaching engineering students to use/create tools smartly so as to solve real-world problems effectively. Dr. Jiang's teaching philosophies include:

1. Students should memorize fewest formulas, know how to derive others quickly.

2. A physical impression of associate theoretical concepts is very important.

3. "Theory is when one knows everything but nothing works. Practice is when everything works but nobody knows why. In our lab, theory and practice go hand in hand: nothing works and nobody knows why." -- a joke adopted from ECE at McMaster website. Guiding students to actively apply knowledge to explain/troubleshoot the practice, which is critical for future top tier engineers, like U of I ECE graduates.

Other Undergraduate Advising Activities

  • Advisor for iRM (Team for DJI RoboMaster 2018 robotic competition)

Research Statement

For jobs that are profitable immediately, companies work on it. For jobs that tend to benefit the industry in a long term but take some risks, researches need to be done first as a proof of concept. When only engineering efforts are needed to make it robust and better and that's the time for a new business to start.

Pareto 80/20 rule helps Dr. Jiang choose research topics as well. Using tools from one area to solve big problems in another could be one example of using 20% effort to produce 80% value.

Efficiently solving significant problems that benefits the world is what Dr. Jiang is interested in.

Graduate Research Opportunities

Dr. Jiang would like to work with graduate students with research experience and solid theoretical background and eager to solve practical problems. For a current U of I graduate student, if you share similar research visions (refer to the research statement) and are excited to apply what you have learnt to benefit the world, feel free to contact Dr. Jiang to explore possibilities together.

For not current U of I students, please be aware as a Lecturer, Dr. Jiang does not recruit graduate students. If you are interested in career opportunities, please submit applications through the company website.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

During the graduate study, Dr. Jiang guided ~30 undergraduates for a variety of research projects. He would love to talk with undergraduates with either excellent academic background or splendid hands-on engineering experience (or both) to figure out what project is possible to work on together.

Research Interests

  • Robotics
  • Synthetic biology automation
  • Plasmonic and electro-chemical sensing

Research Areas

  • Biosensors and bioelectronics
  • Control
  • Nanotechnology
  • Programming languages
  • Robotics
  • Software systems
  • Synthetic biology
  • System modeling and measurement

Research Topics

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

Chapters in Books

Selected Articles in Journals


Journal Editorships

  • Editorial board member, American Journal of Nanosciences

Service on Campus Committees

  • Faculty senator, 2019-2020


  •  Bronze Tablet (University Honors), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Apr 2011)

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (Fall 2015)

Research Honors

  • 2nd Place, $200K prize, Wireless Innovation Competition, Vodafone Foundations, CA  (Apr 2013)
  • Distinguished Award, $120K prize, Nokia Sensing XChallenge, X Prize Foundation, CA  (Oct 2013)

Other Honors

  • Mobosense, LLC - NSF SBIR P-I Award, 717k prize, Multiplexed Smartphone-Based Handheld Sensor for Ion Contaminants Detection in Environmental Water (Mar 2017)
  • Mobosense, LLC - NSF SBIR P-I Award, $150k prize, Smartphone-Based Handheld Sensor (Jul 2015)

Courses Taught

  • ECE 110 - Introduction to Electronics
  • ECE 210 - Analog Signal Processing
  • ECE 211 - Analog Circuits & Systems
  • ECE 445 - Senior Design Project Lab