Lei Wang is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering at Colorado State University under the guidance of Prof. David S. Dandy. She is from Xi’an, Shaanxi, China and received her bachelor’s degree from Northwest A&F University, where she majored in biological science. She was immersed in biomolecular research in her undergraduate years, and started to realize that traditional laboratory approaches cannot adequately meet the growing demands in modern industrial processing or medical diagnostics. To keep pace with the changing world, innovative solutions, such as microfluidics, are emerging that cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines. Lei found her passion for microfluidics research, then chose to be a graduate student and earned her master’s degree in China. After that, Lei enrolled into School of Biomedical Engineering at CSU to deepen her microfluidics research. Currently, her work at CSU is focused on novel and practical interdisciplinary solutions to address grand global challenges. One part of her project involves the development of economically feasible separation methods of algae for sustainable biofuel production to reduce carbon emissions. Another part of her research focuses on the detection of emerging pathogens like the Zika virus and the West Nile Virus using cheap materials such as paper for wide applications in developing countries. The common theme of her research is to develop simple, robust yet economical microfabricated tools which yield unique advantages over traditional methods. In her spare time, Lei enjoys spending time with friends, reading, hiking and photography.