Dr. Lingjun Li

Lingjun received her BE degree in Environmental Analytical Chemistry from Beijing Polytechnic University and a PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry/Biomolecular Chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She did three-way postdoctoral research at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Brandeis University, and University of Illinois before joining the School of Pharmacy faculty in 2002. She currently holds joint appointments in the School of Pharmacy and Department of Chemistry at UW-Madison, as well as being named Charles Melbourne Johnson Distinguished Chair and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor.

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Nhu Becomes the Newest Dissertator in the Li Research Group

As part of the Chemistry Ph.D. program, students must present and defend original research proposals to their advising committee. This examination is the final checkpoint on the way to becoming a Ph.D. candidate. Congratulations, Nhu!!

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Temporal Study of the Perturbation of Crustacean Neuropeptides Due to Severe Hypoxia Using 4-Plex Reductive Dimethylation

Journal of Proteome Research

Hypoxia (i.e., low oxygen (O2) levels) is a common environmental challenge for several aquatic species, including fish and invertebrates. To survive or escape these conditions, these animals have developed novel biological mechanisms, some regulated by neuropeptides. By utilizing mass spectrometry (MS), this study aims to provide a global perspective of neuropeptides in the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, and their changes over time (0, 1, 4, and 8 h) due to acute, severe hypoxia (∼10% O2 water saturation) stress using a 4-plex reductive dimethylation strategy to increase throughput. Using both electrospray ionization and matrix...

Signature-Ion-Triggered Mass Spectrometry Approach Enabled Discovery of N- and O-Linked Glycosylated Neuropeptides in the Crustacean Nervous System

Journal of Proteome Research

Crustaceans are commonly used model organisms to study neuromodulation. Despite numerous reported crustacean neuropeptide families and their functions, there has been no report on neuropeptide glycosylation. This is in part due to a lack of sensitive methods that enable deciphering this intricate low-abundance post-translational modification, even though glycosylation has been shown to play an important role in neuromodulation. Here, we describe the discovery of glycosylated neuropeptides with an enrichment-free approach, ...

Capillary electrophoresis coupled to MALDI mass spectrometry imaging with large volume sample stacking injection for improved coverage of C. borealis neuropeptidome


Neuropeptides are important signaling molecules responsible for a wide range of functions within the nervous and neuroendocrine system. However, they are difficult to study due to numerous challenges, most notably their large degree of variability and low abundance in vivo. As a result, effective separation methods with sensitive detection capabilities are necessary for profiling neuropeptides in tissue samples, particularly those of simplified model organisms such as crustaceans. In order to address these challenges, this study utilized a capillary electrophoresis (CE)...

Molecular basis for chirality-regulated Aβ self-assembly and receptor recognition revealed by ion mobility-mass spectrometry

Nature Communications

Nanosecond photochemically promoted click chemistry for enhanced neuropeptide visualization and rapid protein labeling

Nature Communications

A strategy for identifying species-specific peptide biomarkers in deer-hide gelatin using untargeted and targeted mass spectrometry approaches

Analytical Chemica Acta

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