Liwu Li

Professor of Biological Sciences
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149 Life Sciences I Building (MC 0910)
970 Washington Street SW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
USA

Major Field of Interest

Molecular and Cellular Mechanism of Human Inflammatory Diseases

Current Research

  1. Molecular pathways controlling innate immunity and inflammation
  2. Dynamic programming of innate immune leukocytes
  3. Pathogenesis of acute and chronic inflammatory diseases such as sepsis and atherosclerosis
  • 2009-present: Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
  • 2012-present: Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine
  • 2005-2009: Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
  • 02/2005-08/2005: Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 2001-2005: Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 1999-2001: Instructor, Department of Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 1996-1999: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Biological Chemistry, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Research Advisor, Dr. Jack E. Dixon
  • 1991-1996: Ph.D. in Biology (Cell and Molecular), Department of Biology, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Thesis Advisor: Dr. John Langmore, “In vitro and in vivo Reconstitution and Stability of Vertebrate Chromosome Ends” 
  • 1982-1986: B.S. in Biology, Hebei Normal University, China. 
  • 2017 Alumni Award in Research Excellence, Virginia Tech 
  • 2016 Vice-President Elect, Inflammation Research Association 
  • 2016 Outstanding Research Award, Department of Biological Sciences, VT 
  • 2015 Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Biological Sciences, VT 
  • 2014 Outstanding Service Award, Department of Biological Sciences, VT 
  • 2013 Scholar of the Week, Virginia Tech 
  • 2012 Scholar of the Week, Virginia Tech 
  • 2012 Outstanding Research Award, Department of Biological Sciences, VT 
  • 2008 Elected to the Board of Directors, Inflammation Research Association 
  • 2008 GE HealthCare Poster Competition Award, Inflammation Research Association 
  • 2005 Nominated and confirmed as a regular member of NIH review panel 
  • 2005 Faculty Travel Award, American Association of Immunologists 
  • 2004 Paper of the Week Award, Journal of Biological Chemistry 
  • 2002 Young Faculty Investigator award, International Cytokine Society 
  • 1998 Post-doctoral Fellowship Award, the National Institute of Health Cancer Research Training Grant
  • 1996 Pre-doctoral Travel Award, the American Society for Cell Biology 
  • 1995 The Block Grant Award, Department of Biology, University of Michigan 
  • 1995 Research Partnership Award, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan