Li Lab Profile & Members

Jun Li, PhDJun Li, Ph.D. – Professor

Education & Training
Ph.D. Neuropharmacology – University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin
Fellowship – Postdoctoral, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT

Areas of Interest
Research interests: cerebral ischemia

Research
Dr. Li’s lab aims to identify novel therapeutic approaches to reduce mortality and disability resulting from stroke. Dr. Li’s research currently is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate the neuroprotective roles of calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase (CaMK) cascade in cerebral ischemia. The lab has been investigating axonal plasticity, neuronal and vascular regeneration, as well as brain functional recovery after cerebral ischemia. Dr. Li also has long-standing interests in the profound impact of biological variable including gender and aging on stroke outcome. His team has extensive experience of in vivo and in vitro stroke models, pharmacology, brain blood flow measurements, brain immune regulation, viral vector transduction, models for neurite plasticity studies and long-term brain functional recovery assessments.


Qi, LiLi Qi, M.S. – Research Coordinator

Education and Training
B.A Economics, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Liaoning, China
M.S International Business, VLEXHO Business School, Brussels, Belgium
M.S Advanced Accounting, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Areas of Interests
Research Interests: Cerebral Ischemia

Research
I am interested in studying the endogenous protective and restorative responses of the brain after stroke.

 


Md Abdur Razzaque, Ph.D. – Research Scientist

Education & Training
B.S. Biochemistry – University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
M.S. Biochemistry – University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
M.S. Cell and Molecular Biology – Himeji Institute of Technology, Japan
Ph.D. Cell and Molecular Biology – Himeji Institute of Technology, University of Hyogo, Japan

Areas of Interest
Ischemic stroke, Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy (CAA) and Alzheimer’s Disease

Research & Experience
In my doctoral training, I was involved in understanding the gene regulation of a transcription factors named estrogen receptor related receptor gamma. In my postdoctoral study I have contributed in gene discovery for genetic diseases. We have found gain of function RAF1 gene mutations cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in Noonan Syndrome and loss of function RAF1 mutations can cause dilated cardiomyopathy. In the past several years my work was focused on understanding the mechanism of cardiac fibroblasts mediated remodeling using cellular and animal models. My current works are on dissecting the molecular mechanism/s, as well as identify potential therapeutic target/s for ischemic stroke, Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy (CAA) and Alzheimer’s disease.

Hobbies & Interests 
Traveling and fishing.


Ngoc Mai Le – Research Assistant I

Education & Training
B.S. Mathematical Biology – University of Houston (2020)

Areas of Interests
Research interests: Cerebral Ischemia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy, and statistical application in neuroscience

Research & Experience
Department of Biology and Biochemistry (Rich Meisel’s Research group) – University of Houston
DiagnoCine LLC Internship

Hobbies & Interests
Baking, reading, crocheting, and programming


Ahmad El Hamamy – Research Assistant I