Yong Li

Postdoctoral Fellows



​I have been working on bioinformatics and plant molecular biology for many year, and worked as Research Associate for five years to study plant abiotic stresses, then I came to KAUST to work on cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis, especially genome assemble and analysis, DNA methylation and comparing genomics.

Research Interests

​​Functional genomics, bioinformatics and epigenetics. Using and developing software to analyze -omics data to study the association of biological molecules and phenotypes, especially the mechanisms of symbiosis of coral and Symbiodinium.

Selected Publications

  • S. Baumgarten, O. Simakov, L.Y. Esherick, Y.J. Liew, E.M. Lehnert, C.T. Michell, Y. Li, E.A. Hambleton, A. Guse, Oates ME, et al. (2015). The genome of Aiptasia, a sea anemone model for coral symbiosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 112(38):11893-11898
  • L. Yang, W. Ji, P. Gao, Y. Li, H. Cai, X. Bai, et al. (2012). GsAPK, an ABA-activated and calcium-independent SnRK2-type kinase from G. soja, mediates the regulation of plant tolerance to salinity and ABA stress. PLoS One. 7(3):e33838
  • X. Sun, Y. Li, H. Cai, X. Bai, W. Ji, X. Ding, et al. (2012). The Arabidopsis AtbZIP1 transcription factor is a positive regulator of plant tolerance to salt, osmotic and drought stresses. Journal of plant research.125(3):429-38
  • X. Wang, Y. Li, W. Ji, X. Bai, H. Cai, D. Zhu, et al. (2011). A novel Glycine soja tonoplast intrinsic protein gene responds to abiotic stress and depresses salt and dehydration tolerance in transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana. J Plant Physiol. 168(11):1241-8
  • Y. Shu, Y. Li, Z. Zhu, X. Bai, H. Cai, W. Ji, et al. (2011). SNPs discovery and CAPS marker conversion in soybean. Mol Biol Rep. 38(3):1841-6


  • 2006-2008 Ph.D., Plant Biotechnology, NEAU, Harbin, China
  • 2004-2006 M.Sc., Plant Biotechnology, NEAU, Harbin, China
  • 2000-2004 B.Sc., Biology, Northeast Agricultural University (NEAU), Harbin, China

Research Interests Keywords

Bioinformatics Epigenetics Symbiosis