Rongtao Li

Kunming University of Science and Technology, China


Rong T. Li was born in 1971 in Kunming, China, and received her Ph.D. degree in 2004 under the guidance of Professor Han-Dong Sun at Kunming Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Science. At present, she works as a professor at Kunming University of Science and Technology. She has systematically investigated the chemical constituents and bioactivities of more than 30 species of medicinal plants, including those of Schisandraceae, Ericaceae, Labiatae, and Moraceae, plants. More than 550 compounds, including about 100 new compounds, were isolated and identified. Among these new compounds, about 40 unique highly oxidized nortriterpenoids, belonging to an unprecedented new highly oxidized norcycloartane skeleton with a biosynthetically modified eight-membered ring and unusual nortriterpenoids or bisnortriterpenoid skeletons, have been isolated from Schisandra (Schisandraceae) species. In addition, she has discovered that SM-10 showed potential anti-HIV-1 activity and would provide valuable information on the therapeutic development of new generation for anti-HIV drug. The discovery of several new carbon skeletons adds a new dimension of our understanding of the triterpenoid chemistry. She has achieved several prizes conferred by national, CAS, provincial, or ministerial authorities, such as the “National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of P.R. China” in 2006, the “New Century Excellent Talents on University” in 2006, the “Young Academic and Technical Leader of Yunnan Province” in 2009, the “Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of the Chinese Academy of Science” in 2005, and “CPA-Servier Yong Investigator Awards in Medicinal Chemistry” in 2005 and 5 patented rights endorsed by domestic administrations for issuing patented licenses. Up to date, she has published over 75 research papers in international and internal journals. The main focus of current research is the biologically active natural products and utilization of plant resources.

Biography Updated on 21 April 2011

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