Yuqing Li, Ph.D.

Department of Neurology
100 S Newell Drive, Room L3-100
Gainesville, FL 32610
PO Box 100236
FAX- 352-273-5989
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Dr. Yuqing Li joined the Department of Neurology in November of 2010 as a Professor in the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. Dr. Li was recruited to the University of Florida through a collaboration with Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure.  His laboratory aims to unlock DYT-1 dystonia and to develop symptomatic therapies and cure approaches.  Dr. Li is funded by multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Prior to the current position, Dr. Li served as Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology in the Department of Neurology and Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham. From 2001 to August of 2006, Dr. Li served as Assistant Professor with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with the focus of his research in genetic analysis of neural development and plasticity, animal models of neurodevelopmental disorders.

From 1996 to 2000, he was appointed as Lucille P. Markey Assistant Professor of Molecular and Developmental Neuroscience in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. in Biology from Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan in 1991 and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Center for Learning and Memory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1991 to 1996. He majored in Biology in 1991 from Nagoya University, Japan, in molecular biology from Fudan University, China in 1988, and majored in Biochemistry with a Bachelor of Science degree from Fudan University, China in 1984.

Dr. Li’s research is mainly focused on pathophysiology and experimental therapeutics of dystonia. He is also broadly interested in animal models of movement disorders and in molecular and cellular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity during development and learning. His lab’s expertise is to perform conditional mutagenesis in mouse where selected genes are altered in specific neurons or circuits in the brain and in defined period during animal’s development.

This powerful approach allows Dr. Li and his co-workers to apply functional genomics and proteomics to understand the pathogenesis of neurological and psychiatric disease and to develop effective treatment.