Dr. Li Tao

Li Tao, Associate Professor


    • Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California at Davis
    • M.S., Physiology, Nanjing University
    • B.S., Biochemistry, Nanjing University

    Research Interests

    My research is centered on the regulation of cell division. Cell division is of tremendous interest to the biomedical research community, in large part because uncontrolled cell division is the cause of several human diseases including cancer. Mitotic cell division is the process by which identical copies of the replicated genome are segregated into two identical daughter cells. A set of proteins known as the mitotic spindle plays key role both in segregating replicated chromosomes and in cleavage furrow formation. My research has two focuses: 1. Using a combination of in vitro biochemistry and in vivo cell biology to understand the mechanisms driving the formation and functioning of the mitotic spindle. 2. Analysis of the mitotic effects of potential anti-cancer drugs derived from Hawaiian natural products Read more...

    Centralspindlin, a key motor complex for cytokinesis, moves polarity-marked microtubules in vitro.

    Selected Publications

    Research articles


    • Chen J, Tao L, Li J, Zhu W, Yuan Y. "Biochemistry Lab” (Chinese) ISBN 7-03-010989-9, 2003.