Nicole Li-Jessen, Ph.D.

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Personalized Medicine of Voice Disorders
Chair, Widening Participation Committee, Faculty of Medicine

Associate Member, Departments of Otolaryngology and Biomedical Engineering
Research Member, Quantitative Biology Initiative, McGill Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Network
Researcher, Quantitative Life Siences
Regular Member, CAMBAM, CRBLM

Contact Information
Email address: 
nicole.li [at] mcgill.ca
Phone: 
514-398-5933
Degree(s): 

BSc Honors Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Hong Kong
MPhil Voice Physiology, University of Hong Kong
PhD Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh
Post-doctoral Fellow Vocal Fold Tissue Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research areas: 
Healthy adults
Swallowing / dysphagia
Voice
Current research: 

Dr. Li-Jessen’s laboratory integrates in vitro, in vivo and in silico (computational) approaches to study vocal fold biology and wound healing. The research goal is to generate a computational platform that can guide surgeons and speech pathologists in the best methods to repair voices that have been lost. Current research projects focus on what cells and proteins drive the vocal fold injury and repair after surgical and vocal trauma, along with the roles of biomechanical stress in cellular and tissue adaptation. Our lab uses agent-based modeling to simulate patient-specific vocal trauma and repair response in computers. In addition, we work in collaboration with engineers and surgeons to develop non-invasive assessment of vocal fold pathology and create biomaterial for vocal fold reconstruction.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching (Assistant Professor Category) (2018)
Rosemary Wedderburn Brown Prize (2018)
Canada Research Chair (tier 2) in Personalized Medicine of Voice Disorders (2017)
 

Media coverage:
http://voice.lab.mcgill.ca/media.html

Group: 
Core and Clinical Faculty