Lili He is Assistant Professor of Food Science at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received her PhD degree from University of Missouri-Columbia in 2009 and did her postdoc training in University of Minnesota between 2009 and 2012. Then she joined the faculty in the Food Science Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as an Assistant Professor in 2012.
Dr. He's major research focus is to develop and apply the most advanced and innovative analytical techniques to help solve critical and emerging issues in food science. The central tool of Lili's research is surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Her group has developed various SERS based techniques for food safety and food chemistry applications. In food safety applications, she developed various rapid SERS methods for detecting chemical, biological, and engineered nanoparticle contaminants in complex food matrices. In food chemistry applications, she applied SERS for the characterization of food components and their interactions.
Dr. He has successfully obtained external funding (>$3.5 M, mainly from USDA-NIFA) and published 42 papers (>1100 citation and h-index 15). Her research excellence has been recognized by the International Union of Food Science and Technology and the Agriculture (IUFoST), Food Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS-AGFD), and Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) where she received their Young Scientist awards in 2012, 2015 and 2016, respectively.