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Jun Li

Associate Professor
Biological Sciences, Biomolecular Sciences Institute
Florida International University

OE 214, 305-348-7618, lij@fiu.edu


About Me

I've been trained in biochemistry, molecular biology, computer science, and vector biology during my undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral studies. These training prepared me well to study interdisciplinary research, focusing on malaria-mosquito interaction, aiming to develop drugs and vaccines to control malaria:
  • Genome-wide association study to find genes of interest.
  • Lab experiments to investigate the functions of the candidate trait-related genes and the pathways.
  • Vaccines and small molecule drugs development, to target these newly identified pathways to block malaria transmission
My group have successfully identified one novel pathway mediating Plasmodium parasite invasion in mosquitoes, a candidate protein as a malaria vaccine antigen, and a compound to block malaria transmission.

As a PI, I lead several research projects supported by NSF CAREER Award and NIH Research grants. I'm also a recipient of FIU CASE research excellence.

Current Members

GuoDong Niu
Research Associate Professor

Xiaohong Wang
Bioinformatics Analyst

Yacob Keleta
PhD Student

Julian Ramelow
PhD Student

ChangLiang An
PhD Student

Formal Members

PhD Student

Caio Franca
Genwei Zhang





Postdoctoral Fellow

Diana Hooker Romero
Komal Kalani
Tej Narayan Poudel 
Manpreet Kaur
Yingjun Cui
Laura De Lorenzo
Yaping Fang

Others

Liang Jin (Visiting Scientist)
Yue Hao  (Visiting Scientist)
Yujuan Zhang(Visiting Scientist)
Laura Perez (Lab Technician)
Morgan W. Mann (RA)
Jang Kim (RA)
Jennifer M. Spillers (RA)

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