Jun Li, Ph.D.

Professor of Human GeneticsProfessor & Associate Chair for Research of Computational Medicine and BioinformaticsFaculty, Center for Statistical Genetics; Comprehensive Cancer CenterMember, Depression Center; Michigan Diabetes Research Center; Michigan Metabolomics & Obesity CenterCo-Director, Michigan Center for Single-Cell Genomic Data Analytics
5940A Buhl1241 E. Catherine St. SPC 5618Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5618junzli@med.umich.edu734-615-5754


Jun Li Lab, 2021 Summer

Year of 2023

2023 DHG retreat

2023 DCMB retreat

2023 DCMB new faculty reception

2022 HCA meeting

Year of 2022

2022 ASHG

2022-04 Xianing has graduated with PhD of Human Genetics.  Congratulations! 

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2022-03 Our work with MIDAS was profiled by U-M articles (1 and 2)

2022-03 Our joint paper with Sue Hammoud's group has appeared in Dev Cell, and here

Year of 2021

2021-09 Full house lab meeting

2021-08 Han received the Regina P. and Daniel J. Gunsett Scholarship. Congratulations!

2021-08 D. Ford Hannum Jr. passed prelim

2021-07 Independence Day party at Jun's house

Photo albums

2021-03 Xianing received the prestigious Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. Congratulations!

Year of 2020

Jun Li Lab, 2020 Spring

2020-12 Virtual Christmas Party

2020-05 Mashiat Rabbani joined Sue Hammoud and Li Labs

2020-05 Ford Hannum joined the Li lab

2020-04 Lab Meeting during the COVID-19 time

2020-02 John Lloyd received a two-year fellowship from the MICHR Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program.

Congratulation John!


2020-02 Alec Steep will join us in March 2020 as a postdoctoral fellow.

Welcome Alec!

2020-02 Yanling Zhang will join in mid-March as a Visiting Research Fellow.

He is on Sabbatical from his position as an Associate Professor in Soochow University, China.

2020-01 Lin Huo joined as an undergraduate student in the College of Engineering.

2020-01 D. Ford Hannum joined as a rotation student from the Bioinformatics PhD program.

Year of 2019

Jun Li Lab, 2019 Spring

2019.12, Dr. Li and colleagues (Keller, Wilson, Nagrath, Colacino, Rao) were awarded the Single-Cell Spatial Analysis Programfrom the Biosciences Initiative

with three new faculty positions and four staff hires, for over $12M (incl. $10M from the Initiative and the Provost).


2019-12 End of year party at Jun's house

We celebrate the year with an end of year party at Jun's house.

link to the event page

2019-12 Dr. Li was elected as a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science

The scientists and engineers were chosen as AAAS fellows by their peers for their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”

To celebrate, we throw a surprise party for Jun.

link to the AAAS report

link to the UM report

link to the Wechat Article

2019-12 Jun Li Lab 2019 Fall

2019-03 Bilge's team win the first place at Hacks with Friends 2019

Hacks with Friends is a  two-day event brings together IT professionals across campus to innovate and quickly solve technology problems. Along the way, they make connections that last.

This year, Bilge's team's idea "ContaMiNot" win the first place at the event. ContaMiNot is a sustainability app to help you determine which bin your trash should go into. It uses object recognition & machine learning to identify a piece of trash, then tells the user which waste bin to place it in.

Here is a link to thier website.

2019-02 Yanling's Farewell Dinner

Yanling was a visiting scholar in Jun's lab. He worked on the dynamics of gene expression in skeletal muscle during exercise. In his own words, "It's refreshing to combine computational techniques and what I know from wet lab. I’ve been enjoying science every minute here."

Year of 2018

Jun Li Lab, 2018 Fall

A one-day retreat orgonized by Anna Gilbert (Mathematics), Jiandie Lin (LSI), Evan Keller (Urology & Pathology), and Jun Li (Human Genetics & DCMB).

The retreat was aimming to 1) promote interactions among various groups who use single-cell omics technologies in their research 2) exchange thoughts on existing technologies, and discuss shared systems or resources we hope to develop in U-M.


2018.12 Christmas party

‘We are increasingly exposed’: New studies show how easy it is to identify people using genetic databases

Why White Supremacists Are Chugging Milk (and Why Geneticists Are Alarmed)

2018.10 ASHG at San Diego

5 members of the Li lab attended the 2018 ASHG at San Diego:


The 2018 Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium will bring pioneers in the field of single cell biology to the University of Michigan to discuss the scientific advances driving the field forward. The speakers’ broad areas of expertise — from neuroscience, to immunology, to computer science and computational biology — reflect the widespread applicability and relevance of single cell research techniques.

2018.09 New members

Chris, Maxwell, and Yanling join the lab, welcome!

2018.08 Sahar's farewell dinner

Sahar was a post-doctoral fellow at the Li Lab for a year. She worked on two collaborative projects in the area of single-cell transcriptomics analysis.  

The second annual Single-cell Genomic Data Analytics Symposium took place on Aug. 6, 2018. The day long symposium featured researchers from U-M and around the world whose work is on the leading edge of innovation and discovery. This symposium was organized by the Michigan Center for Single-Cell Genomic Data Analytics and sponsored by the Michigan Institute for Data Science. Schedule

Featured Speakers:

2018.07 Sahar presenting at ISMB meeting in Chicago

Her talk is about the transcriptional factor pathway in single-cell.

2018.06 New members

Andy and Han join the lab, welcome!

2018.06 Shweta's farewell reception

Shweta was a PhD student in the Dept. of Bioinformatics. She worked on the development of various analytical tools (i.e. power analysis of CNV detection) as well as the genetic and expression analysis of complex diseases. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in University of Pennsylvania.

2018.06 Meeting with students, Yifan and Ellen, at ESHG 

2018.06 Complex trait consortium meeting in Glasgow

Psychiatric Genetics: A Primer for Clinical and Basic Scientists

Chapter 13: Next-generation sequencing in genetic studies of psychiatric disorders

2018.05 Welcome reception for DCMB faculty: Arvind Rao

2018.05 James V Neel lecture by Uta Francke

2018.04 Single-cell meeting in UK

2018.04 AACR

Year of 2017 & before

Jun Li Lab, 2017 & Before

2017.12 Christmas Party

2017.10 ASHG at Orlando

2017.10 The 3rd annual MIDAS symposium

2017.09 Shweta receiving DCMB student service award

2017.09 Joint institute meeting in Beijng University

2017.06 Complex trait consortium meeting in memphis

2017.05 Surprise party after Jun's promotion to full professor

2017.05 James V Neel lecture by Neil Risch

2017.03 Taubman scientists executive training

2017.02 Recruitment dinner with Jeff and Steve

2016.11 Becky's dissertation defense

2016.10 ASHG in Vancouver

2016 Professor Li receiving basic science research award

2015.12 Press coverage of the circadian rhythm paper

New York Times

Washington Post


Eurek Alert

The Scientist

2015.10 ASHG at Baltimore

2015 Bo's graduation and farewell lunch

2013.07 Val's graduation and farewell lunch

2012.09 Jishu's farewell lunch gathering

2010 Jun Li lab

2008 Weiping's farewell lunch gathering