Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2014
Dr Xuechen LI
Department of Chemistry
Dr Li received the University Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2014 for his outstanding research accomplishments.
Dr Li received his BSc degree from
The central theme of Dr Li's research focusses on the chemical biology of peptides / proteins and carbohydrates with the aim of studying fundamental biological questions and developing potential therapeutic applications. Over the past five years, Dr Li and his team have established their signature research by developing a novel peptide / protein ligation technology, which has made a great impact on the field. This technology has been selected and highlighted by The Cutting Edge of Chemistry — Thomson Reuters (October 2013). In addition, they have been working on the development of new cyclic peptide-based antibiotics and carbohydrate-based anti-influenza viral agents. Dr Li has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers at HKU since 2009. He was made a Taishan Scholar in Pharmacy(
Dr Li believes that the most exciting part in his academic career is growing alongside young students and helping them develop positive and mature attitudes, critical thinking, perseverance, and self-motivation when facing challenges and frustration.