Dr. Li obtained her B.S. in biology and M.S. in Botany from Peking University in 1997 and 2000, and her Ph.D. in Genetics (minor in Statistics) from Iowa State University in 2006. She had been an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology at Iowa State University from 2011. She has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University from 2017. Dr. Li has been developing an integrated experimental/biocomputational approach to identify the factors that regulate plant metabolism and plant adaptation to environmental changes, bridging basic research from Arabidopsis and application in crops.
Qi M, et al.,Li L(2018) QQS orphan gene and its interactor NF-YC4 reduce susceptibility to pathogens and pests, Plant Biotechnology Journal
O’Conner S, et al.,Li L(2018) From Arabidopsis to crops: the Arabidopsis QQS orphan gene modulates nitrogen allocation across species. In: Shrawat A, Zayed A, Lightfoot DA. eds. Engineering Nitrogen Utilization in Crop Plants, pp. 95-117. Springer Cham: Springer
Jones D, et al., andLi L* (2016) A clade-specific Arabidopsis gene connects primary metabolism and senescence. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7: 983 (*corresponding author)
Li L*, et al (2015) The QQS orphan gene regulates carbon and nitrogen partitioning across species via NF-YC interactions. PNAS, 112: 14734-14739
Li L*, and Wurtele ES* (2015) The QQS orphan gene of Arabidopsis modulates carbon and nitrogen allocation in soybean. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 13: 177-187
Arendsee Z,Li L*, and Wurtele ES* (2014) Coming of age: The species-specific (orphan) genes of plant. Trends in Plant Science, 19: 698-708
Li L, et al (2009) Identification of the novel protein QQS as a component of the starch metabolic network in Arabidopsis leaves. Plant Journal, 58: 485-498