Nicole Li-Jessen, Ph.D.

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Personalized Medicine of Upper Airway Health and Diseases

Associate Member, Departments of Otolaryngology and Biomedical Engineering
Research Member, Quantitative Life Sciences, McGill Regenerative Medicine Network
Associate Investigator, The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
Regular Member, CAMBAM, CRBLM

Nicole Li-Jessen, Ph.D.
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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

Professional activities: 

Chair, Widening Participation Committee, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (2018 - present) 
Mentor, Provost's Faculty Mentorship Network, McGill University (2021 - present)
Associate Editor, PLOS Digital Health (2021 - present)


Research areas: 
Healthy adults
Swallowing / dysphagia
Current research: 

Prof. 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. Li-Jessen's lab uses agent-based modeling to simulate patient-specific vocal trauma and repair response in computers. In addition, her work in collaboration with engineers and surgeons to develop non-invasive assessment of vocal fold pathology, wearable e-health devices for upper airway monitoring and create biomaterial for vocal fold reconstruction.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Canada Research Chair (tier 2) in Personalized Medicine of Upper Airway Health and Diseases (2021)
Delegate, Science Meets Parliament, Canadian Science Policy Center (2021)
Visiting Professorship, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany (2019)
Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching (Assistant Professor Category), McGill University (2018)
Rosemary Wedderburn Brown Prize, McGill University (2018)
Canada Research Chair (tier 2) in Personalized Medicine of Voice Disorders (2017)

Media coverage:

Core and Clinical Faculty
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