Hao Li, PhD

University of Missouri - Columbia



Hao Li is a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Missouri. Dr. Li’s research focuses on synthesis, characterization and application of novel nanomaterials and biomaterials. Dr. Li is an inventor of a biomimetic nanocomposite technology. Based on this technology, several dental and orthopedic products have been cleared by FDA and are currently available in the market. Li’s research has been funded by the NSF, NIH and other federal agencies and he is also a recipient of the NSF’s CAREER award.

Dr. Li is also CEO and co-founder of Nanova Inc., a biotech start-up based in Columbia, MO. Nanova is currently working on three areas: medical devices, drug discovery and development, and environmental technologies. Dr. Li and his colleagues at Nanova are working on: a multiple function dental plasma brush for more durable restoration, a coronary stent with reduced restenosis and thrombosis, and novel antimicrobial small compounds with a novel anti-virulence mechanism, which disarm bacteria instead of killing them. With both entrepreneurial and academic experience, Dr. Li is trying to build bridges between academia, industry, and financial firms in order to create unique values to the society.

Dr. Li is trained as a materials scientist with bachelor and master degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University and Ph.D. degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and also obtained postdoctoral training from Brown University in nanotechnology.