Université de Strasbourg

Mei Li

Mei Li

Dr. Mei Li obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry in Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1998. She moved to Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire (IGBMC) in Strasbourg to perform her postdoctoral research, focusing on the in vivo functional study of nuclear receptors using spatial-temporally controlled somatic mutagenesis in mouse. She was recruited as Charge de Recherch in CNRS in 2002, and worked on skin immunity and pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis (AD, the most common inflammatory skin disease). Using advanced mouse genetic tools and experimental mouse models, her work has established a central role of epidermal keratinocyte-derived cytokine TSLP (thymic stromal lymphopoietin) in triggering AD pathogenesis, as well as in mediating the progression from AD to asthma (clinically known as “atopic march”). In 2010, Dr. Mei Li obtained her “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” at the Université de Strasbourg. Since 2011, she is CNRS Research Director at IGBMC. The research of her group is towards an understanding of pathogenesis of atopic diseases (e.g. AD and asthma), by utilizing integrated mouse genetic tools, cellular and molecular biology approaches and computational mathematical modeling. Dr. Mei Li has been recently awarded Prix/Subvention de Fondation Simone et Cino del Duca de l’institut de France (2012) and Prix/Subvention de Recherche de la Societe Francaise d’Allergologie (2012).

As part of her Fellowship, Mei Li is working on the project In vivo visualizing the dynamics of cytokine-targeting cells, together with her collaborator Jianying Yang.

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