Renhao Li Lab:Lab Members

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Current Members

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Principal Investigator

Renhao received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Nanjing University in China. He did his Ph.D. thesis work in the laboratory of Clare Woodward in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, studying folding kinetics and dynamics of BPTI. With a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell postdoctoral fellowship, he moved to the laboratory of William F. DeGrado at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. There he collaborated closely with the laboratory of Joel S. Bennett, also at Penn, and studied ligand binding and transmembrane signaling of integrins, a major cell adhesion receptor. In 2003, he became an assistant professor in the Center for Membrane Biology, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. In 2010, he was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor. He is currently an associate professor with tenure in the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. He is also a faculty member of the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory, and an adjunct faculty at Shanghai JiaoTong University School of Medicine.


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  • Wei Deng, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow







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  • Liang Zhou, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow



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  • Sungyun Cho, B.S., M.P.H.
Research Specialist




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  • Xin Liang, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow







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  • Anum Syed, B.S.
Research Specialist








Former Members

(and their next position)
Associate Professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
  • Sankaranarayanan Srinivasan, graduate student
Postdoc, Baylor College of Medicine
Associate Professor, Shanghai Children's Medical Center, Shanghai Jiaotong University
  • Wenjun Yang, postdoc
Instructor, East China Normal University
  • Rong Yan, visiting graduate student
Assistant Investigator, Jiangsu Institute of Hematology, First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University
  • Chen Liu, postdoc
Postdoc, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston


Positions Available

  • If you are interested in a postdoc research position in the lab, please send a brief letter describing your graduate work, the projects that you are interested in pursuing, your curriculum vitae including bibliography, and names of three references to Dr. Li.
  • If you are interested in doing basic and translational research as a hematology fellow in the lab, you need to first apply for the fellowship program at Emory Pediatrics.
  • If you are a new graduate student at Emory University, please contact Dr. Li directly to discuss potential lab rotation projects.
  • If you are a prospective graduate student, please apply first to the Graduate Program at Emory University. You will have 3 lab rotations in your first year of graduate school before making a decision on which lab to join.
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