Contact Us

Insterested in working in the Li lab?

We combine chemistry, microbiology, and enzymology in an effort to understand the mechanisms of bacterial infections and develop antibiotics. Projects include biosynthesis and chemical synthesis of natural products, discovery of new antibiotics, and mechanistic studies of antibiotics and virulence factors.

If you want to join us for group meeting, please reach out to Jon Patteson at to get a zoom link and password. We look forward to seeing you there!

Undergraduate students

Submit your CV/resume, a one-page cover letter describing your career goals, your unofficial transcript (including GPA) and the name and email address of at least one UNC STEM faculty member from whom you have taken class or lab to Applicants who have completed organic chemistry and biology labs are preferred. Outstanding first-year students will also be considered.

Graduate students

Apply to The UNC Chemistry Deparment or The UNC Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program.


We seek motivated individuals with a strong record of independent research and creative problem solving. Applicants must have, or be completing, a Ph.D. in chemistry or biological sciences with training in chemical biology, organic synthesis, biochemistry, microbiology, or a related field. To apply, submit your CV, a one-page cover letter describing research interests and experience, career goals, and the names of three professional references with email addresses to


Bo Li, Ph.D.

Office: Genome Sciences Building 3256
Phone: 919-843-4436

Mailing address

Bo Li
Department of Chemistry, CB3290
125 South Road
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3290

Shipping address

Li Lab
Genome Sciences Building 3244
250 Bell Tower Drive
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599