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Qingshun Quinn Li, Distinguished Scholar 2011-2012


Qingshun Quinn Li, 2011-2012 Distinguished Scholar
Qingshun Quinn Li has been named a 2011-2012 Distinguished Scholar. He is professor of botany, director of the graduate program in cell, molecular and structural biology (CSMB) and a plant molecular biologist.

Li’s research focuses on the molecular biology and biochemistry of plant mRNA polyadenylation. He uses bioinformatics approaches and mathematical modeling to investigate alternative polyadenylation on a genome scale.

Polyadenylation (poly(A)) is essential for gene expression. Alternative polyadenylation adds poly(A) in different locations of a gene’s transcripts, which may cause different expression resulting from the same gene. His work has important implications for basic research and applications in agriculture.

He has published 50 papers in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals in his field and has also published in interdisciplinary journals outside of plant biology with high impact factors, including Nucleic Acids Research, BMC Genomics and BMC Bioinformatics.

One of his outside evaluators wrote, “the best part of Li’s publication record is the journals where he is publishing. These are all top drawer publications where his work and your institution will receive wide attention from researchers worldwide.”

Many of his publications are co-authored by his graduate and undergraduate students. His research is recognized internationally and he has been invited to present lectures in Canada, the United Kingdom, China and Japan. He regularly collaborates with colleagues internationally and across disciplines.

Li’s research has been supported by nearly $4 million in grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Ohio Plant Biotechnology Consortium. He has also received grants for infrastructure and student scholarships, including the Choose Ohio First Bioinformatics Scholarships award for undergraduates.

Current chair of the Ohio Plant Biotechnology Consortium, Li holds five patents for developing molecular techniques to engineer disease resistance in plants. He was selected as the 2011 “Researcher of the Year” by the Miami University chapter of Sigma Xi.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Xiamen University, China, and his doctorate from the University of Kentucky in 1995. He was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Kentucky, 1995-1996. He was a principal investigator for the Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center at the University of Kentucky before joining Miami in 2001.


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