Pan T. X. Li is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Li graduated from Fudan University in P.R.China with a bachelor degree in microbiology in 1995. He received a PhD degree in Biology from University at Buffalo, State University of New York in 2002. Between 2002 and 2006, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley. Li has been on the faculty of Department of Biological Sciences since 2006.
Li is broadly interested in applying single-molecule biophysical techniques to study RNA folding, protein-RNA interaction and RNA-based molecular motors. In his current research, an optical tweezers technique is employed to stretch and relax single RNA molecules to study structure and folding of RNA. Li teaches Biochemistry and Biophysics at college and postgraduate levels.