Fang Li, PhD

Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Endowed Professor, Structural Biology of Disease

Director, Center for Coronavirus Research


Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard Medical School

PhD, Yale University (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry)

BS, Beijing University (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

Summary

Welcome to the Li Lab

We study the structural and molecular basis of human and animal diseases including virus infections and cancer.

Our main line of research examines the invasion mechanisms of viruses. We investigate the structures and functions of virus-surface proteins that mediate receptor recognition and cell entry of viruses.

Our other line of research explores the structural and molecular basis for cancer. Specifically, we investigate the structures and functions of mammalian-cell-surface enzymes that are critical for tumor cell growth and invasion.

Based on these structural and functional studies, we further develop novel therapy strategies to treat human and animal diseases. Our research tools include X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, protein biochemistry, and vaccine and drug designs.

Expertise

Host-Pathogen Interface Biology cluster

Research

Publications