Yanli joined the CORNERSTONE team in November 2020, working on chip fabrication and testing. She previously worked on Silicon Photonics Bio-Chemical Sensors in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at Southampton University as a PhD student. The focus of her studies were on the chip designs of silicon on insulator waveguides with a microfluidic channel. Through this, she gained experience with integrated silicon on insulator waveguides, germanium on silicon waveguides and suspended silicon waveguides for sensing applications. Before PhD, her Master’s degree project focussed on developing a device to measure blood glucose levels through analysing the changing signal levels in a resonant microwave cavity with varying concentrations of glucose. Her research interests are in the integration of engineering and medical instruments in Photonic Systems Circuits & Sensors. She possesses a great enthusiasm for recognising and exploring the cutting-edge technologies for sensors and the development of medical instruments for diverse applications.