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.

Becoming Dissertator

Meng 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, Meng!!


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)...

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

Nature Communications

Despite extensive efforts on probing the mechanism of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and enormous investments into AD drug development, the lack of effective disease-modifying therapeutics and the complexity of the AD pathogenesis process suggest a great need for further insights into alternative AD drug targets. Herein, we focus on the chiral effects of truncated amyloid beta (Aβ) and offer further structural and molecular evidence for epitope region-specific, chirality-regulated Aβ fragment self-assembly and its potential impact on receptor-recognition. 

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

Nature Communications

Comprehensive protein identification and concomitant structural probing of proteins are of great biological significance. However, this is challenging to accomplish simultaneously in one confined space. Here, we develop a nanosecond photochemical reaction (nsPCR)-based click chemistry, capable of structural probing of proteins and enhancing their identifications through on-demand removal of surrounding matrices within nanoseconds. The nsPCR is initiated using a photoactive compound, 2-nitrobenzaldehyde (NBA), and is examined by matrix-assisted ...

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

Analytical Chemica Acta

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

Analytical Chemistry

Mass Spectrometry Imaging of N-Glycans from Formalin-Fixed Paraffin-Embedded Tissue Sections Using a Novel Subatmospheric Pressure Ionization Source

Dual-Functional Titanium(IV) Immobilized Metal Affinity Chromatography Approach for Enabling Large-Scale Profiling of Protein Mannose-6-Phosphate Glycosylation and Revealing Its Predominant Substrates

Li Research Group

 University of Wisconsin Madison

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