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Emily Yifan Li

Emily Yifan LiUndergraduate Student
Department of Biochemistry
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

E-mail: eyl@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-9898



  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    Major: Biochemistry Graduation expected May 2013

Work Experience

  • U.S. Department of Energy – National Energy Technology Laboratory
    Summer 2011 Mickey Leland Energy Fellow – Morgantown, WV:
    Synthesized graphene/silicon anode and a variety of sodium cathode materials for lithium ion batteries. Tested modified procedures for synthesizing battery materials and cycled batteries using Solartron machines, seeking increased stability and energy capacity. Analyzed materials using XRD, SEM, and Raman spectroscopy. Presented work at a symposium in New Orleans, LA.
  • University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
    - Summer 2008 Stem cell research assistant: Prepared Western Blots, Bradford Assays, PCR’s, mini-preps, and dark room film development.
    - Summer 2010 Tumor research assistant: Performed hematoxylin and eosin staining, various fluorescent staining, cell culture, tissue block preparation, and microscope/camera operation.
  • Volunteer docenting for four years at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Volunteer tutoring for a year at Ingomar Elementary School, and
  • Volunteer summer camp counseling

Extracurricular Activities

University of Maryland Gemstone Program – 2009 to present
Interdisciplinary four-year research program for selected undergraduate honors students of all majors. Prepares a thesis for a panel of experts. Under mentor Dr. Chunsheng Wang, battery-oriented, seek to increase the stability and energy density of lithium ion batteries by using electrochemicaldeposition to deposit silicon nanoparticles onto a graphene anode material.
Liangbing Hu Research Group – 2011 to present
Under Professor Liangbing Hu, an energy-oriented research group at the University of Maryland starting in Fall 2011. Lead undergraduate researchers in synthesizing and testing nanomaterials and nanostructures, such as graphene ink and carbon nanotubes.
Alpha Chi Sigma – 2010 to present
Professional fraternity specializing in the field of chemistry, with both collegiate and professional chapters around the United States. Aims to bring together students and professionals pursuing a wide variety of chemistry-related careers. Holds regular chemistry walk-in tutoring hours and a science reach-out program for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Honors Tutoring – 2009 to present
Tutor in beginner’s French and general biology


  • National Merit Finalist and Scholarship – 2009 to present
  • President’s Scholarship, University of Maryland – 2009-2011


  • Fluent in reading and speaking Mandarin Chinese
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office computer applications,
  • MATLAB technical computing,
  • Microsoft Windows and Mac OS

References available upon request.


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