Institute for Integrative Genome Biology


Yanran LiYanran Li

Assistant Professor

Mailing Address:

Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Bourns / A217
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Phone: (951) 827-4332
Fax: (951) 827-5696
Email: liyanran@engr.ucr.edu


PhD 2012 University of California, Los Angeles
BS 2007 Nankai University
BE 2007 Tianjin University

College/Division Affiliation:

Bourns College of Engineering

Center/Inst Affiliation(s):

Center for Plant Cell Biology

Areas Of Expertise:

Synthetic Biology, Natural Products, Metabolic Engineering, Yeast Engineering

Research Summary:

Natural products (NPs) are of great pharmaceutical importance and play an indispensable role in modern drug development as NPs or their derivatives comprise over half of modern small molecule drugs. However, in recent decades, there has been a decline in NP-based drug development. This is in part due to a number of challenges associated with decreased frequency of identifying novel NP structures with traditional methods, obtaining sufficient supply of NP lead compounds through the drug development pipeline, and modifying the highly complex NP structures for lead optimization. Recently, the leveraging of genome sequence information has allowed greater access to NP biosynthetic pathways. Advances in synthetic biology are enabling these complex biosynthesis schemes to be efficiently reconstructed in fermentable microbial hosts using novel genetic and molecular tools. Such synthetic biosynthesis platforms offer an efficient and versatile alternative to direct isolating compounds from natural producers and/or chemical synthesis for NP sourcing and derivatization.

We are specifically interested in:

1) Harnessing synthetic biology to more efficiently understand the biosynthesis of complex natural products.

2) Developing synthetic biology tools to enhance the bio-production of costly natural products to commercial production level.

3) Discovery of novel natural products to advance natural product-based drug discovery through engineering approaches.

Selected Publications:

List of publications from PubMed

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Career OpportunitiesUCR Libraries
Campus StatusDirections to UCR

Genomics Information

Institute of Integrative Genome Biology
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
E-mail: Aurelia Espinoza, Managing Director