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Wei Li, PhD
Professor of Dermatology
Director, Gmcb, Graduate Program
NOR 5301 1441 Eastlake Avenue Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 865 0618


Dr. Li's focuses his research on the following topics: 1) Identification of Key Factors in Wound Healing, 2) Identification of Critical Targets in Tumor Progression, 3) Microenvironment of Skin Wound and Tumor, and 4) Development of Therapeutic Targets in Wound Healing and Tumor Progression.

The goal of his research is to understand the cell motility signaling, which initiates at the cell surface, propagates via cytosolic signaling networks and executes by newly expressed and secreted gene products. The experimental model systems are un-manipulated primary human skin cells, whose migration is essential for both physiological processes, such as skin wound healing, and pathological occurrence, such as skin cancer.


Tsen F, Bhatia A, O'Brien K, Cheng CF, Chen M, Hay N, Stiles B, Woodley DT, Li W. Extracellular Heat Shock Protein 90 Signals through Subdomain II and the NPVY Motif of LRP-1 Receptor to Akt1 and Akt2: a Circuit Essential for Promoting Skin Cell Migration In Vitro and Wound Healing In Vivo. Mol Cell Biol. 2013 Dec; 33(24):4947-59. View in: PubMed

Li W, Tsen F, Sahu D, Bhatia A, Chen M, Multhoff G, Woodley DT. Extracellular Hsp90 (eHsp90) as the actual target in clinical trials: intentionally or unintentionally. Int Rev Cell Mol Biol. 2013; 303:203-35. View in: PubMed

Han A, Bandyopadhyay B, Jayaprakash P, Lua I, Sahu D, Chen M, Woodley DT, Li W. The anti-motility signaling mechanism of TGFß3 that controls cell traffic during skin wound healing. Biol Open. 2012 Dec 15; 1(12):1169-77. View in: PubMed

Li W, Sahu D, Tsen F. Secreted heat shock protein-90 (Hsp90) in wound healing and cancer. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2012 Mar; 1823(3):730-41. View in: PubMed

Sahu D, Zhao Z, Tsen F, Cheng CF, Park R, Situ AJ, Dai J, Eginli A, Shams S, Chen M, Ulmer TS, Conti P, Woodley DT, Li W. A potentially common peptide target in secreted heat shock protein-90a for hypoxia-inducible factor-1a-positive tumors. Mol Biol Cell. 2012 Feb; 23(4):602-13. View in: PubMed

Schilling D, Bayer C, Li W, Molls M, Vaupel P, Multhoff G. Radiosensitization of normoxic and hypoxic h1339 lung tumor cells by heat shock protein 90 inhibition is independent of hypoxia inducible factor-1a. PLoS One. 2012; 7(2):e31110. View in: PubMed

Cheng CF, Sahu D, Tsen F, Zhao Z, Fan J, Kim R, Wang X, O'Brien K, Li Y, Kuang Y, Chen M, Woodley DT, Li W. A fragment of secreted Hsp90a carries properties that enable it to accelerate effectively both acute and diabetic wound healing in mice. J Clin Invest. 2011 Nov 1; 121(11):4348-61. View in: PubMed

Bandyopadhyay B, Han A, Dai J, Fan J, Li Y, Chen M, Woodley DT, Li W. TbetaRI/Alk5-independent TbetaRII signaling to ERK1/2 in human skin cells according to distinct levels of TbetaRII expression. J Cell Sci. 2011 Jan 1; 124(Pt 1):19-24. View in: PubMed

Li W, Li Y, Guan S, Fan J, Cheng CF, Bright AM, Chinn C, Chen M, Woodley DT. Extracellular heat shock protein-90alpha: linking hypoxia to skin cell motility and wound healing. EMBO J. 2007 Mar 7; 26(5):1221-33. View in: PubMed

Li W, Henry G, Fan J, Bandyopadhyay B, Pang K, Garner W, Chen M, Woodley DT. Signals that initiate, augment, and provide directionality for human keratinocyte motility. J Invest Dermatol. 2004 Oct; 123(4):622-33. View in: PubMed

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