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In the Li lab, we strive to understand the fundamental laws governing the behavior and interactions of cellular systems. Our current work focuses on questions pertaining to the molecular and physical basis of self-organization during morphogenesis, and the evolutionary dynamics of cell division pathways. We also work toward applying insights learned from basic research to the understanding and cure of diseases such as cancer and polycystic kidney disease.



Front, left to right: Parama Paul, Hung-Ji Tsai, Everett Hall, Pushpendra Singh, Yuping Wu, Sree Ramanchandran.

Middle:  Jin Zhu, Chuankai Zhou, Sheng Xia, Andrei Kucharavy, Philippe Noguera.

Back:  Dominic Heinecke, Shamilene Sivagnanam, Wahid Mulla, Rong Li, Praveen Suraneni, Kexi Yi, Melissa Jeter, Tamara Potapova, Pei-Shan Wang.



Lab News



Nelson-Atkins Museum Science and Arts Exhibition! March 2015

Congratulations to Rong Li lab members for organizing the "Art of the Rong Li lab" Exhibit at the Nelson Atkins Museum and to Dr. Rong for having her painting displayed at a major museum!


Winter and spring rotation student! Winter-Spring 2015

Welcome to our new rotation students: Linhao Ruan and Yanfeng He!


Welcome to the new PhD student! Summer 2014

Welcome to our new PhD student, Akshay Narkar!

Welcome to the summer scholars! Summer 2014

Welcome to our summer 2014 summer scholars: Edwine (Angelo) Morales-Obregon and Grant Libra.


Science is Art April 21st 2014

Check out the latest installment at the Washington Dulles International Airport by Praveen Suraneni:









Title: Cells missing two key molecules look spikey and cannot move normally


Congratulations to Dominic Heinecke! April 1st 2014

Dominic recieved his MPhil Life and Biomolecular Sciences degree (Open University, Milton Keynes, UK) officially on April 1st 2014.


Thanks to the spring rotation students! Spring 2014

Thanks to the Spring 2014 rotation students: Akshay Narkar, Diego Paez-Moscoso, Everett Hall, Zachary Lee!


It's a Boy! February 9th 2014

Congratulations to Pushpendra Singh on the birth of his new baby boy!
His name is Vardaan Singh, and he was born on Feb 9th 2014.


Its official- Jin Zhu is now, Dr. Jin Zhu! Jaunuary 20th 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Zhu for recieving his PhD degree at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Affiliated Research Centre of the Open University, on January 20th 2014.

recent publications & reviews
Updated 05/22/2014