Dr Yijia Li
Director, Shunxi Regenerative Medicine, Yunnan Province Stem Cell Bank
Dr. Yijia Li has a bachelor degree of biology from Tsinghua University and double degree of Economics and Management from Peking University. After his Ph.D. at Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, he joined Shunxi-Monash University Joint Lab, participated and facilitated several translational projects with Monash University, University of Melbourne, RMIT, CSIRO, ARC and NHMRC. In 2015, he was appointed as the director of Yunnan Province Stem Cell Bank (YSCB) and Yunnan Shunxi Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research Center (SSRC). YSCB and SSRC has around 1600 m2 GMP lab space can hold up to 400,000 stem cell samples and can do 200 Human Whole Exome Sequencing every week. The aim of YSCB and SSRC is to develop stem cell storage and expend method (including hESC, HSC, MSC, PSC and ASC), carry out genome research on stem cell and cancer, and began clinical trails on stem cell treatments for cancer, such as DC-CIK, CAR-T and other technics. He is leading several projects on stem cell in China and Australia with government and private fund up to nearly 6 million USD and translated several books into Chinese including 5th Edition of NetCord-FACT Cord Blood Accreditation Manual. He would like to set up international collaborations to help translate basic stem cell research into clinical use to provide safe and effective treatments.