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Prof. Liang Li


Dr. Li obtained his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Zhejiang (Hangzhou) University, China, in 1983, and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, in 1989, under the direction of Professor David M. Lubman. After graduation, he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta in July 1989. He was an Assistant Professor from 1989 to 1994 and an Associate Professor from 1994 to 1999. He has been a Full Professor since July 1999. He has also been an Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Medicine, since January 2008. He holds a Visiting Professorship at Zhejiang University supported by K. P. Chao’s Hi-Tech Foundation for Scholars and Scientists since 2006. He is a co-PI of The Metabolomics Innovation Centre (TMIC) mainly supported by Genome Canada. He was a co-PI of the Human Metabolome Database (HMDB) Project; his laboratory generated the HMDB MS/MS spectral library of the endogenous human metabolites that has been widely used by the metabolomics community for unknown metabolite identification based on spectral matches. Dr. Li was a visiting scientist at Hewlett Packard Research Lab (now Agilent), Palo Alto, CA (on sabbatical leave) from July 1998 to June 1999. He served as Director, Alberta Cancer Board Proteomics Resource Lab from February 2000 to December 2005. He served as Chair, Analytical Chemistry Division of Chemistry Department from July 2007 to June 2019. He serves as a Co-Director of TMIC since July 2019. He is a founder of Nova Medical Testing, Inc., a university spin-off company focusing on developing mass spectrometry based analytical solutions for medical and health diagnostic applications, including targeted diagnostic-panel analysis and global biomarker analysis.

Dr. Li is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Science) (2019) (watch this video on Youtube). He is a Canada Research Chair in Analytical Chemistry (Tier 1, 2005-2012; renewed for 2012-2019). He has won several awards including McBryde Medal (2001) from the Canadian Society for Chemistry, Faculty of Science Outstanding Research Award (2002), McCalla Professorship (2002-2003), and Killam Annual Professorship (2004-2005) from the University of Alberta. He received the Young Explorers Prize from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR), which was given to Canada’s top twenty researchers aged forty or under in science and engineering (2002) as chosen by a panel of international judges. He was the recipient of the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry from the Royal Society of Canada (2003). He received The F.P. Lossing Award from the Canadian Society for Mass Spectrometry in 2006, The Maxxam Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry in 2009 and Gerhard Herzberg Award from the Canadian Society for Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy in 2010. He was one of the seven researchers selected as Brightest Minds 2016 by Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada since 2001.

Dr. Li has published more than 280 research papers mainly in the area of analytical mass spectrometry.  He has given many invited talks including Hong Kong Polytechic University Distinguished Lecture in 2011, Distinguished Lectureship on Cerebrating the 50th Anniversary of Hong Kong Baptist University Faculty of Science in 2011, and Thermo Fisher Scientific Distinguished Scientist Lecture at the University of Montreal in 2013. 

Dr. Li is currently an editor of Analytica Chimica Acta, an international journal on analytical chemistry with an Impact Factor of 5.977 in 2019 (2005-present). He is a member of the editorial advisory boards for Current Analytical Chemistry (2004-present), Journal of Advanced Research (Elsevier) (2014-), Biophysics Reports (Springer) (2015-), and Chemical Data Collections (Elsevier) (2015-). Dr. Li was a member of the editorial advisory boards for Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2001-2006), Canadian Journal of Chemistry (2004-2006), Clinical Proteomics (2011-2016), and Analytical Chemistry Insights (2006-2018). He was a member of Analytical Chemistry’s A-Page Advisory Panel (2006-2008).

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