Testimonials and Project Examples
Following his Ph.D in organic chemistry., Xun Li was awarded an EIPOD fellowship to work on a project involving research labs at three of the five EMBL sites. He spent his first year in the lab of Janet Thornton at the EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, UK working on bioinformatic aspects of the project. For the experimental components he relocated to the lab of Maja Koehn at the EMBL-Heidelberg in Germany. The lab of Matthias Wilmanns from EMBL-Hamburg was also an integral part of the project providing valuable input and feedback. In addition to the interdisciplinary training he received, Xun felt he benefited tremendously by developing the communication skills necessary to co-ordinate a research project across multiple groups with different focuses and expertise. His project led to the development of an online searchable database DEPOD (human DEPhOsphorylation Database) which allows researchers to identify the known substrates for a phosphatase and to predict new ones based upon similarity relationships. The work was published in the online journal “Science Signaling”. Xun is now working as a Senior Scientist at Nova Nordisk Research Center China (NNRCC) in Beijing, China. He remembers his time at EMBL fondly. “I enjoyed a lot the open and vibrant academic atmosphere and strong support from supervisors and colleagues.”
The scientific part of Xun's original EIPOD project is available here.