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Lizhi Mi——Professor

Building 15, Rm 324, Tianjin University
School of Life Sciences
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Education Experience
1987-1991 Bachelor of Science Physics Peking University
1993-1996 M.S. Biophysics Tsinghua University
1997-2004 Ph. D. Biophysics University of Virginia
2004-2005 Postdoctoral Pharmacology University of Virginia
2005-2014 Postdoctoral Structural Biology Harvard Medical School
Professional Experience
1991-1991 Teaching Assistant Tianjin Sino-German Vocational Institute of Technology
1996-1997 Research Assistant Tsinghua University
2014-2016 Professer Tianjin University
Research Area

We are interested in the structural and mechanistic basis of developmental signaling that are important in stem cell biology, cancer metastasis, and regenerative medicine. At structural levels, we want to understand: how developmental signaling molecules are regulated by extracellular micro-environment, how these molecules are recognized by cell surface receptors, and how these molecules are engaged with intracellular signaling cascades through lipid bilayer. At functional levels, we focus on understanding how ligand isoforms are distinguished by their targeted cells to generate distinct cellular outcomes, and how developmental signaling is involved in stem cell self-renewal and differentiation. Eventually, we want to explore potentials in therapeutic development against cancer and other human diseases.

Honors and Awards
Dean’s Fellowship, University of Virginia, 1997–1999
“Yiqi Mei” Fellowship, Tsinghua University, China, 1995
Highlighted Publications
Li-Zhi Mi, Srikripa Devarakonda, Joe M. Harp, Qing Han, Roberto Pellicciari, Timothy M. Willson, Sepideh Khorasanizadeh, Fraydoon Rastinejad Structure basis for binding and activation of the bile acid receptor FXR Mol Cell 200311(4):1093-1100
John F. Flanagan*, Li-Zhi Mi*, Maksymilian Chruszcz, Marcin Cymborowski, Katrina L. Clines, Youngchang Kim, Wladek Minor, Fraydoon Rastinejad, Sepideh Khorasanizadeh Double chromodomains cooperate to recognize the methylated histone H3 tail Nature 2005 438(7071):1181-5 (*equal contribution)
Li-Zhi Mi*, Michael J. Grey*, Noritaka Nishida, Thomas Walz, Chafen Lu, Timothy A. Springer Functional and structural stability of the epidermal growth factor receptor in detergent micelles and phospholipid nanodiscs Biochemistry 2008 47(39):10314-10323 (*equal contribution)
Li-Zhi Mi, Chafen Lu, Zongli Li, Noritaka Nishida, Thomas Walz, Timothy A. Springer Simultaneous visualization of the extracellular and cytoplasmic domains of the epidermal growth factor receptor Nat Struct Mol Biol 2011 18(9):984-9
Li-Zhi Mi, Christopher T. Brown, Yijie Gao, Yuan Tian, Viet Le, Thomas Walz, Timothy A. Springer Structure of bone morphogenetic protein 9 procomplex PNAS 2015 112(12):3710-5
ResearcherID Publications
Year Title Author(s) Source Volume
1997 Interaction of rabbit C-reactive protein with phospholipid monolayers studied by microfluorescence film balance with an externally applied electric field. Mi, L Z; Wang, H W; Sui, S F Biophysical journal 73
2015 Structure of bone morphogenetic protein 9 procomplex Mi, Li-Zhi; Brown, Christopher T.; Gao, Yijie; et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112
2015 Linker regions and flexibility around the metalloprotease domain account for conformational activation of ADAMTS-13 Deforche, L.; Roose, E.; Vandenbulcke, A.; et al. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis 13
2017 Expression and purification of functional PDGF receptor beta Shang, Qingbin; Zhao, Liang; Wang, Xiaojing; et al. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 489
2017 A Mutation Identified in Neonatal Microcephaly Destabilizes Zika Virus NS1 Assembly in Vitro Wang, Deping; Chen, Cheng; Liu, Shengnan; et al. Scientific Reports 7
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