University of Science Technolo
Univ of Sci and Tech of China
Graduate School
University of California-San D (1993)
Graduate School
University of California-San D (1996)

Research Interest

  • Cell biology of diabetes and insulin release in islet beta cells
  • Functional analysis of microRNAs
  • Probe engineering and chemical biology


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Photoactivatable and Water Soluble FRET Dyes with High Uncaging Cross Section
Genghua Zheng, Yan-Ming Guo & Wen-hong Li J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007 129 10616-10617
Cell Membrane Permeable Esters of D-myo-Inositol 1,4,5-Trisphosphate
Kenneth Dakin & Wen-hong Li Cell Calcium 2007 42 291-301
Infrared LAMP, Two-Photon Uncaging and Imaging of Gap Junctional Communication in Three Dimensions
Kenneth Dakin & Wen-hong Li Nature Methods 2006 3 959
Local Ca2+ Rise Near Store Operated Ca2+ Channels Inhibits Cell Coupling During Capacitative Ca2+ Influx
Kenneth Dakin & Wen-hong Li Cell Commun. Adhes. 2006 13 29-39
A New Class of Macrocyclic Lanthanide Complexes for Cell Labeling and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Applications
Quan Zheng, Houquan Dai, Matthew E. Merritt, Craig Malloy, CaiYuan Pan & Wen-hong Li J . Am. Chem. Soc. 2005 127 16178-16188

Honors & Awards

  • Junior Investigator Award
    American Cancer Society (2002)
  • Career Development Award
    American Diabetes Association (2001)
  • Martin D. Karmen Prize
    In recognition of the excellence of Ph.D. thesis, UCSD (1997)
  • Jane Hart Memorial Award
    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego (1994)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • The American Chemical Society
  • The American Diabetes Association (2006)
  • The American Society for Cell Biology