Li Zhang has joined the NIAID Office of Global Research (OGR) to serve as the NIH representative at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. In Li’s new role, she will help coordinate existing programs and represent NIH research interests with foreign counterparts. She will serve as a liaison with other U.S. government representatives at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Li will advise grantees on policies and procedures, address scientific and administrative matters affecting research planning and operations, and help to monitor and review research results across sites in China. She will also work to foster bilateral and multilateral agreements to develop cooperative research between the United States and China.

Li received her Ph.D. in human genetics. She worked at Duke University Medical Center as a clinical researcher, focusing on genetic sequencing and whole genome association studies. She also worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she provided scientific advice on clinical study designs, trial endpoints, and biomarker analyses for new drug submissions. Before joining NIAID/NIH, she held positions as a medical director, global safety officer, and chief medical officer for various biotech/pharmaceutical companies. Additionally, Li has extensive experience with international collaboration networks.