I am a graduate student at the University of Oxford studying computational/evolutionary biology (WTCHG, DPAG). My CV can be found here. An up-to-date list of my publications can be found on google scholar.
I am interested in how protein evolution (e.g. protein mutations and duplication events) contribute to altered phenotypes between species. One of the broad question I am interested in is why different animals age at different rates? Although many compelling aging theories exist, all are too simplistic to take into account the different observed aging traits across different species. It is this mysterious force of nature that fuels my scientific curiosity. My motivation behind studying aging, apart from scientific curiosity, is to be able to treat age-related diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and many more. I believe that this line of research will greatly gain in popularity once the general population realizes the fact that the mean population age is increasing (specially in first world countries) which puts in danger our (already weak) social structure.
Currently, I am investigating alternative splicing evolution in the hope to understand its contribution to protein diversity and regulation.
Do send me an e-mail if you wish to collaborate or to discuss about anything you are passionate about.
Mail: Yang Li. Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics. Roosevelt Drive. Oxford. OX3 7BN. United Kingdom.
Email: yang.li AT well DOT ox DOT ac DOT uk