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Professor Jian Li (PhD 2002) is Head of the Antimicrobial Systems Pharmacology Laboratory at the Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University. He is a Web of Science 2015 - 2017 Highly Cited Researcher in Pharmacology & Toxicology. Dr Li has an internationally recognised track record in the pharmacology of polymyxins and the discovery of novel, safer polymyxins. He has 281 publications (including 221 on polymyxins alone) with 12,096 citations and an h-index of 54. Dr Li is an Editor of the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents and an Associate Editor of BMC Microbiology. He is an invited reviewer for 130 international journals and grant/fellowship applications for 11 international funding bodies. His research is funded by NIH, Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Research Council (ARC), pharmaceutical companies and other grant bodies. Dr Li has received numerous awards, including Australian Leadership Award (2013), Australian National Health and Medical Research Council’s Ten of the Best Research Projects (2014) and Australian Academy of Science Jacques Miller Medal (2017).

Monash teaching commitment

Supervisor of PhD, Masters and Honours students


  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Drug Discovery
  • Antimicrobial Pharmacology
  • Systems Pharmacology
  • Computational Biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Polymyxin
  • Colistin
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Acinetobacter baumannii
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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Projects 2004 2022

Research Output 2001 2018

Assessment and modelling of antibacterial combination regimens

Rao, G. G., Li, J., Garonzik, S. M., Nation, R. L. & Forrest, A. Jul 2018 In : Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 24, 7, p. 689-696 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview Article

Elucidating the pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of aerosolized colistin against multidrug-resistant acinetobacter baumannii and klebsiella pneumoniae in a mouse lung infection model

Lin, Y-W., Zhou, Q. T., Han, M-L., Chen, K., Onufrak, N. J., Wang, J., Turnidge, J. D., Howden, B. P., Forrest, A., Chan, H. K. & Li, J. 1 Feb 2018 In : Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 62, 2, 9 p., e01790

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Fitness cost of mcr-1-mediated polymyxin resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae

Nang, S. C., Morris, F. C., McDonald, M. J., Han, M., Wang, J., Strugnell, R. A., Velkov, T. & Li, J. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2011 2011

  • 1 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Drug Delivery, Disposition and Dynamics

Li, J. (Member)
9 Nov 20119 Sep 2099

Activity: Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Press / Media

Genome scale model of a superbug

Trevor James Lithgow, Jian Li & Jiangning Song


2 media contribution

Press/Media: Research