Rong Li is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the Whiting School of Engineering and the Department of Cell Biology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding how eukaryotic cells perform dynamic processes in order to carry out their specialized functions, with applications in development and cancer. She directs the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences’ Center for Cell Dynamics.
She received a BS at Yale University and a PhD at the University of California, San Francisco, doing postdoctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley. She held a faculty position at Harvard University before moving to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research as an investigator, with an affiliated professorship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She joined Johns Hopkins in 2015.