Dr. Yunlong Li completed his B.S (Biological Engineering) in Harbin Institute of Technology, China in 2008. Then he worked as a researcher in Beijing Genomics Institute, China from 2008-2009. He earned PH.D. in Microbiology from Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China at 2014. Upon earning his PhD, he came to America to join the University of Pittsburgh as a Postdoctoral Associate in the laboratory of Dr. Anil Ojha. He conducted a study on biofilm formation and the mechanism of drug tolerance in mycobacteria. In January 2015 he followed Dr. Ojha to the Wadsworth Center in Albany, New York, under the New York State Department of Health.


His research interest mainly focusing on studying the molecular basis of persistence of one of the deadliest bacterial pathogens, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). 1) Biofilm formation and drug tolerance in mycobacteria. 2) Ribosome reprogramming and hibernation in mycobacteria. 3) The mechanism of mycobacterial persistence and dormancy.