Li Zeng


Li Zeng
Home Town
Beijing, China
Prior Degrees

BBS, Plant Physiology & Biochemistry, Beijing Agricultural University, Beijing, China, MS. Biochemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, PhD, Cellular, Molecular & Biophysical Studies, Columbia University, New York, NY

Sackler Program(s)

What is the ultimate goal of your research?

Our ultimate goal is to design strategies for optimal treatment of arthritis. We aim at enhancing cartilage regeneration by using tissue engineering, biochemical and genetic approaches to study tissue interactions and molecular signalings during cartilage formation and degeneration.

What excites you about your research?

I really like identifying unsolved problems. It is exciting to design experiments to uncover something new, and to seek solutions through innovation.

What do you like best about Sackler students?

They are enthusiastic and very interactive.

What qualities distinguish the Sackler School from other graduate schools?

The Sackler School provides a rigorous training curriculum for its students, and it stimulates learning and student interactions through various activities such as poster competitions and Sackler relay. I particularly enjoy the close bond between Sackler faculty and students.

What do you do to relax?

Swimming, exploring nature and spending time with family are real favorites. When driving in traffic jams, listening to audiobooks always relaxes me and I learn something new as well.

What is your favorite Boston restaurant?

I like East Ocean City, Penang, and Legal Sea Foods.

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development