Tsai-Kun Li

Tsai-Kun LiProf. Tsai-Kun Li (李財坤) was born in 1969. He received his Ph.D. degree of Pharmacology from Rutgers University and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1999. In 2003, Dr. Li jointed the Department and Graduate Institute of Microbiology, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University (NTUCM). Currently, he holds a professorship of microbiology and serves as Director of Office for International Affairs and Associate Dean at NTUCM.

The research conducted in Prof. Li’s laboratory combines biochemical, molecular and cellular approaches with various animal models toward investigating three interrelated programs of research: (1) The chromatin biology, DNA topology and biological roles with medical implications; (2) Translational research on topoisomerase-mediated DNA breakage, targeting drugs and repair signaling pathways; (3) Inflammatory and hypoxic microenvironment in tumor progression and therapy. Moreover, through collaboration, Dr. Li has developed a unique structure-based and world-leading platform for topoisomerase-based anticancer agents.

From 2004, Prof. Li is heavily involved in global partnership and alliance of Taiwan with Asian countries, especially with Japan. After taking the responsibility for international affairs at NTUCM since 2011, Prof. Li has devoted himself in creating opportunities for education cooperation and research collaboration of NTUCM with advanced institutions around the world such as King’s College in United Kingdom, Inserm in France, the University of Texas system and UCSD in USA. These works aim to put on initiatives and forces to promote Taiwan globally and to experience students with international views.