Dr. Peng Li is a professor and vice dean of the School of Life Sciences at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Dr. Li was born in Nindu, Jiangxi province, China in 1965. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Beijing Normal University in 1987 and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at University of California, San Diego in 1995. She then did her post-doctoral training in Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (U.S.A) and Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (Singapore) between 196-1997. She became assistant professor and principal investigator in the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology at the end of 1997. She then moved to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2003 and became tenured associate professor in 2005. In 2006, she moved to the Department of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology (currently School of Life Sciences), Tsinghua University as a professor.
Peng Li is an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Science and her research interest includes lipid metabolism and the development of metabolic diseases. Dr. Li has made important contribution in understanding the molecular mechanism of lipid droplet fusion, lipid storage and secretion. Her research has unveiled the cellular basis of obesity and fatty liver disease, two metabolic diseases that affect large population in the world. Dr. Li is an invited speakers of many international meetings and editorial board member of various interactional Journals. She had been a steering committee member of the International Conference on the Bioscience of Lipids (ICBL) and a scientific advisory board member of National Nature Science Foundation of China. She has received important awards including Singapore Young Scientist award in 1999 and Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation prize for Scientific and Technological Progress in Life Sciences in 2012.