Dr. Li is an assistant professor in the Biochemistry Department and ChEM-H Institute at Stanford since 2015. Her lab works on understanding biochemical mechanisms of innate immunity and harnessing it to treat cancer. She majored in chemistry at University of Science and Technology of China and graduated with a B. En in 2003. She then trained with Dr. Laura Kiessling, a pioneer in chemical biology, at University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a Ph.D in chemistry in 2010. She obtained her postdoctoral training with Dr. Timothy Mitchison at Harvard Medical School, who introduced her to the field of chemical immunology.

Academic Appointments

Honors & Awards

  • NIH Pathway to Independence Award, NIH (2015-2018)
  • Baxter Foundation Faculty Scholars Award, Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation (2017-2018)
  • NIH New Innovator Award, NIH (2017-2022)
  • Ono Pharma Breakthrough Science Initiative Award, Ono Pharma Foundation (2017-2010)
  • DOD Breast Cancer Research Program Breakthrough Award Level II, DOD (2018-2021)

2020-21 Courses

Stanford Advisees

  • Med Scholar Project Advisor
    Songnan Wang
  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Emily Gale, Kevin Guttenplan, Stephanie Kabeche, Daniel Mokhtari
  • Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor
    Volker Boehnert
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Jenifer Brown, Xujun Cao, Jacqueline Carozza, Anthony Cordova, Sabrina Ergun, Lauren Lahey, Rachel Mardjuki, Chris Ritchie, Valentino Sudaryo