Dr Li is a molecular pharmacologist and osteoimmunologist with interests in understanding the processes that control a ‘foreign body reaction or response’ initiated by biomaterials implanted into bone or exposed to human bone cells. Dr Li established the Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit Laboratory (TORU Lab) which pioneered basic orthopaedic research in the ACT region. TORU has established a collaborative laboratory facility with laboratories at Canberra Hospital and at The John Curtin School of Medical Research.
Currently, the team's research focuses on osteoimmunology, biomaterials and 3D printing for orthopaedic implants.
- Surface modification of biomaterials for future orthopaedic implants to prevent infection, prevent wear and promote osseointegration
- Osteoimmunology, miRNA and RNA sequencing, miRNA biomarkers in bone diseases
- Angiogenic factors in rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory joint diseases