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|Born||1978 (age 43–44)|
Fujian Province, China
|Institutions||School of Life Sciences, PKU-THU Center for Life Sciences and IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Peking University|
Yulong Li (Chinese: 李毓龙; born in 1978) is a Chinese neuroscientist. Currently he is a professor in the School of Life Sciences at Peking University, a principal investigator of PKU-THU Center for Life Sciences and IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Peking University.
Education and early life
Li was born and raised in Fujian Province, China. He received his B.S. with a major in biophysics and physiology at Peking University in 2000. He joined George Augustine’s lab at Duke University and received his Ph.D. in 2006. From 2006 to 2012, he conducted his postdoctoral research in Richard Tsien’s lab at Stanford University.
In 2012, Li joined Peking University as a principal investigator. His research interests focus on developing advanced biophotonic sensors to understand the communication between neurons. His group has developed a series of novel genetically-encoded fluorescent sensors for real-time detection of neurotransmitters and neuromodulators in vivo, such as ACh, DA and NE, called GRAB (GPCR activation based) sensors. His group also developed the first entire genetically-encoded optogenetic method PARIS (pairing actuators and receivers to optically isolate gap junctions) for functionally mapping gap junctions. Besides the tool development, his group is also interested in the functions of GPCRs. They are one of the groups independently deorphanized primate specific Mas-related GPCR member X4 (MRGPRX4) with its native substrate bile acids, and identified its physiological function in mediating cholestatic itch.
2019 XPLORER PRIZE in Life Sciences 
2019 “Excellence in Teaching” award, School of Life Sciences, Peking University 
2019 The 20th Wu Jieping – Paul Janssen Medical & Pharmaceutical Award 
2018 Research was selected into the Top Ten Progress of Life Sciences in China 
2018 VCANBIO Award for Innovations and Breakthrough in Life Sciences and Medicine 
2018 PKU & Boehringer-Ingelheim Faculty Research Award 
2015 “Green Leaf Eminent Young Scholar” Fellowship, Luye Pharma Group Co.,Ltd 
2015 “Excellence in Teaching” award, School of Life Sciences, Peking University
2014 1000-Young-talents program, China Organization Department, Beijing
2013 Junior faculty teaching awards, Peking University, Beijing 
In the media
- "2019国家杰青基金名单公布 北大22人居全国第一".
- ""最受欢迎教师"——李毓龙老师专访 SKY·学术".
- " "多项成果入选2018 年 "中国生命科学十大进展"、"中国 十大医学科技新闻"".
- " "中源协和生命医学奖".