Release date:2016-05-18  Release:


Professor of Pharmacognosy

Director of State Key Laboratory of Natural Medicines

Phone: 86-25-83271379


Research Summary

Professor LI’s research focused on (1) discovery of bioactive components from Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs), (2) standardization and quality control of CHMs, (3) innovative drug development. To make TCMs more acceptable around the world, Prof. Li has advanced many aspects of TCMs research using multidisciplinary methods. Such useful techniques for solving the complexity of TCMs include LC-QTOF MS-based online structural characterization technique for nontarget compounds in herbal samples, dynamic microdialysis sampling with TFC-MS for metabolic pathways prediction, fishing and knockout strategy for dicovery of bioactive equivalence of combinatorial components, and HPLC and hyphenated techniques for improved quality control of TCMs.


1983-1988Ph.D., Pharmacognos, China Pharmaceutical University

1978-1982B.Sc., Chinese Herbal Medicines, Liaoning College of Chinese Herbal Medicine

Academic Experience

2011-currentDirector, State Key Laboratory of Natural Medicines in China Pharmaceutical University

2003-currentDirector, Key Laboratory of Modern Chinese Medicines in China Pharmaceutical University, Ministry of Education of China

2001-2015Director, Department of Pharmacognosy, School of Traditional Chinese Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical University

2000-2001Senior Research Visiting Scholar, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

1995-currentProfessor, Department of Pharmacognosy, School of Traditional Chinese Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical University

1994-1995Research Visiting Scholar, Chinese Medicinal Materials Research Centre, Chinese University of Hong Kong

1992-1995Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacognosy, School of Traditional Chinese Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical University

1989-1992Lecturer, Department of Pharmacognosy, School of Traditional Chinese Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical University

1987-1988Research Visiting Scholar, Japan Hokkaido University, Japan

Awards and Honors

2014The leader of State Innovative Group of NSFC

2013The First prize of Natural Science Award of Ministry of Education of China

2011National Top 100 Excellent Ph.D. Supervisor

2010National Excellent Scientific and Technological Workers of China

2009The Second prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award of China

2009Pharmacognosy (editor-in-chief) was awarded as the National Excellent High-Education Text Book.

2008Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University of Ministry of Education of China

2007The First prize of Natural Science Award of Ministry of Education of China

2004A Yangtze River Scholar Distinguished Professor

2003The course of Pharmacognosy was appraised as the excellent courses in China

2003National Excellent Young Scientists Fund

2003Trans-Century Outstanding Individuals of MOE

2002Took the 1st place of Prize for Excellent Teaching Materials in Chinese Universities, by the monograph of Pharmacognosy

1999National Young Specialist with Great Contribution

1997The 1st Pharmaceutical prize of Wu Jiepin-Paul Janssen Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Reasearch Award

1996the 5th China Youths Science & Technology Award


  1. Pharmacognosy (Nationwide Textbooks of Pharmacy for Medical Colleges and Universities), China Medical Technology Press, 2005. 8 first edition; 2010. 9, second edition; 2015. 8, third edition

  2. Analytical Science of Chinese Medicines (Nationwide Textbooks of Pharmacy and Chinese Herbal Medicines for Medical Colleges and Universities), China Press of Traditional Chinese Medicine2012. 9

  3. An Illustrated Handbook on Microscopic Identification of Chinese Crude Drugs for Chinese Pharmacopoeia, People’s Medical Publishing House, 2009. 1

  4. Lai CJS1, Tan T1, Zeng SL, Xu LR, Qi, LW*, Liu EH*, Li P*. An enzymatic protocol for absolute quantificationof analogues: application to specificprotopanoxadiol-type ginsenosides, Green Chem, 2015, 17, 2580. [IF= 8.020]

  5. Wang FZ1, Xie ZS1, Xing L, Zhang BF, Zhang JL, Cui PF, Qiao JB, Shi K, Cho CS, Cho MH, Xu X*, Li P*, Jiang HL*, Biocompatible polymeric nanocomplexes as an intracellular stimulisensitiveprodrug for type-2 diabetes combination therapy, Biomaterials, 2015, 73, 149. [IF= 8.557]

  6. Song HP, Chen J, Hong JY, Hao H, Qi LW, Lu J, Fu Y, Wu B, Yang H*, Li P*. A strategy for screening of high-quality enzyme inhibitors from herbal medicines based on ultrafiltration LC-MS and in silico molecular docking. Chem Commun (Camb), 2015, 51, 1494-1497. [IF=6.834]

  7. Fan Y1, Zhou X1 , Xia TS, Chen Z, Li J, Liu Q, Alolga RN, Chen Y, Lai MD, Li P*, Zhu W*, Qi LW*. Human plasma metabolomics for identifying differential metabolites and predicting molecular subtypes of breast cancer, Oncotarget, 2016, 7, 9925-9938. [IF=6.359]

  8. Song HP1, Wu SQ1, Hao HP, Chen J, Lu J, Xu XJ, Li P*, Yang H*, A chemical family-based strategyfor uncovering hidden bioactivemolecules and multicomponentinteractions in herbal medicines, Sci Rep, 2016, 23840. [IF=5.578]

  9. Zhou L, Jiang L, Xu M, Liu Q, Gao N, Li P*, Liu EH*. Miltirone exhibits antileukemic activity by ROS-mediated endoplasmic reticulum stress and mitochondrial dysfunction pathways Sci Rep, 2016, 20585. [IF=5.578]

  10. Long F1, Yang H1, Xu Y, Hao H*, Li P*. A strategy for the identificationof combinatorial bioactivecompounds contributing to theholistic effect of herbal medicines, Sci Rep, 2015, 12361. [IF=5.578]

  11. Guo RZ1, Liu XG1, Gao W, Dong X, Fanali S, Li P*, Yang H*, A strategy for screening antioxidants in Ginkgo biloba extract by comprehensive two-dimensional ultra-high performance liquid chromatographyJ Chromatogr A, 2015, 1422, 147-154. [IF=4.169]

  12. Liu XG1, Qi LW1, Fan ZY, Dong X, Guo RZ, Lou FC, Fanali S, Li P*, Yang H*. Accurate analysis of ginkgolides and their hydrolyzed metabolites by analytical supercritical fluid chromatography hybrid tandem mass spectrometry. J Chromatogr A, 2015, 1388, 251-258. [IF=4.169]

  13. Wang J1, Shi ZQ1, Zhang M1, Xin GZ, Pang T, Zhou P, Chen J, Qi LW, Yang H, Xu X*, Li P*, Camptothecin and its analogs reduce amyloid-β production and amyloid-β42-induced IL-1β production, J Alzheimers Dis, 2015, 43, 465. [IF=4.151]

  14. Liu P1, Yang H1, Long F1, Hao HP, Xu XJ, Liu Y, Shi XW, Zhang DD, Zheng HC, Wen QY, Li WW, Ji H, Jiang XJ, Zhang BL, Qi LW*, Li P*, Bioactive Equivalence of Combinatorial Components Identified in Screening of an Herbal Medicine, Pharm Res, 2014, 31, 1788–1800. [IF=3.420]

  15. Shi ZQ1, Song DF1, Li RQ, Yang H, Qi LW, Xin GZ, Wang DQ, Song HP, Chen J, Hao H*, Li P*, Identification of effective combinatorial markers for quality standardization of herbal medicines, J Chromatogr A, 2014, 1345, 78. [IF=4.169]

  16. Duan L1, Guo L1, Liu K, Liu EH*, Li P*. Characterization and classification of seven citrus herbs by liquid chromatography-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry and genetic algorithm optimized support vector machines, J Chromatogr A, 2014, 1339, 118. [IF=4.169]

  17. Zhang H, Luo LP, Song HP, Hao HP, Zhou P, Qi LW, Li P*, Chen J*, A high-resolution peak fractionation approach for streamlined screening of nuclear-factor-E2-related factor-2 activators in Salvia miltiorrhiza, J Chromatogr A, 2014, 1326, 47. [IF=4.169]

  18. Liu Q1, Peng YB1, Zhou P, Qi LW, Zhang M, Gao N*, Liu EH*, Li P*, 6-Shogaol induces apoptosis in human leukemia cells through a process involving caspase-mediated cleavage of eIF2α, Mol Cancer, 2013, 12, 135. [IF=4.257]

  19. Wan JY1, Liu P1, Wang HY, Qi LW*, Wang CZ, Li P*, Yuan CS, Biotransformation and metabolic profile of American ginseng saponins with human intestinal microflora by liquid chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry, J Chromatogr A, 2013, 1286, 83. [IF=4.169]

  20. Cheng XL1, Qi LW1, Wang Q1, Liu XG, Boubertakh B, Wan JY, Liu EH*,Li P*, Highly efficient sample preparation and quantificationof constituents from traditional Chinese herbalmedicines using matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction and UPLC-MS/MS, Analyst, 2013, 138, 2279. [IF=4.107]