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PROF. LI, Jianming (李建明)

STEM Professor

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RRS 903


BSc in Biochemistry, Nanjing University

PhD in Molecular Biology, University of Virginia


Prof. Jianming Li obtained his BSc degree in biochemistry from Nanjing University in 1984 and his PhD degree in molecular biology from University of Virginia in 1995. He was an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow at Salk Institute between 1995-1998. He spent 25 years of his independent academic career in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at University of Michigan. He was also affiliated with the Shanghai Center of Plant Stress Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2012-2017) and South China Agricultural University (2018-2023). Prof. Jianming Li is a ground-breaking researcher in the study of plant steroid hormones and was credited for providing the first genetic evidence of steroids being essential plant hormones and for discovering not only the plant steroid receptor but also its co-receptor and a key cytosolic component of the plant steroid signaling pathway. Prof. Li also pioneered using Arabidopsis thaliana, a small flowering plant, as a convenient genetic model system to investigate the eukaryotic protein quality control systems, which are known to be associated with many protein-misfolding human diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. His past research projects were funded by National Institutes of Health, National Science of Foundation, Department of Energy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Natural Science foundation of China. Prof. Li is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.