Peng Li, Ph.D.

Michigan Neuroscience Institute Affiliate
Assistant Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Research Assistant Professor of Life Sciences Institute
Assistant Professor of Dentistry, School of Dentistry

Life Sciences Institute
5314A Mary Sue Coleman Hall
Ann Arbor MI 48109-2216



Dr. Peng Li earned his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California under Dr. Henry Sucov, where worked on the molecular pathways in cardiovascular development. Dr. Li conducted his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Krasnow at Stanford University. There, he applied molecular and genetic approaches to study the breathing control center and discovered the neuropeptide circuit that controls a breathing pattern variant - sighing. At the University of Michigan, his research program focuses on dissecting the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the neural control of breathing using a combination of cutting-edge approaches.

Areas of Interest

The molecular and cellular mechanism underlying breathing, and how it goes awry in diseases is largely unknown. By molecular and genetic dissection of the breathing-control circuitry, our laboratory studies the function of neural populations that control breathing rhythms and behaviors (such as sighing), and the pathophysiology of diseases with breathing abnormality.


  • B.S., Biological Sciences, Tsinghua University - China
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Post-doc, Stanford University

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