Pharmaceutical researcher joins UA faculty

Hong-yu Li, PhD, has joined the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy as an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Dr. Li received his doctoral degree in marine natural product chemistry from the University of Tokyo in 1995 and completed postdoctorate fellowships at Columbia University and Harvard University. He joined Lilly Research Laboratory of Eli Lilly & Co. in 2001.  As a principal research scientist for Lilly, he was credited with discovering three candidates for oncology drugs and moving them into clinical development.

At the Collegeof Pharmacy, Dr. Li will teach future scientists and pharmacists and will conduct research as a member of the SouthwestComprehensiveCenterfor Drug Discovery and Development. This new center was formed by the college and the Translational Genomics Institute (TGen)to alleviate bottlenecks that exist between the laboratory-based discovery of promising therapeutic targets and the delivery of new, safe and effective drugs to address unmet medical needs. The center is funded by a $7.5 million federal economic recovery grant.