Chun Guang Li

Executive Committee Member, NICM Health Research Institute
Professor of Pharmacology Research, NICM Health Research Institute
Research Director, NICM Health Research Institute

Professor Li commenced his current full-time role as Pharmacology leader at NICM Health Research Institute in late 2012. In the previous five years he worked as a full time academic in the School of Health Sciences at RMIT University where he held the position of Director of the Chinese Medicine Research Group from 2007-2009, and was the leader of the Herbal Pharmacology and Toxicology group from 2008-2012. Li has directed a number of funded research projects, coordinated three courses, including master of Chinese herbal medicine by course work, and supervised Masters and PhD by research with 20 PhD and five Masters completions.

Professor Li has established an international reputation in the fields of complementary medicine research and nitric oxide research. He conceptualised and managed various collaborative research projects with national and international institutions, and herbal medicine and pharmaceutical industries. His main research interests include pharmacology of natural products, drug discovery, and traditional medicines. Professor Li has made several significant and valuable contributions to this area of research, including internationally recognised contribution as a pioneer researcher in the discovery of "Nitrergic Transmission", and work on Chinese herbal medicines and quality controls. His work involves investigations at various levels from molecular mechanisms to clinical trials.

Research focus

  • Pharmacology and toxicology
  • Quality control of herbal products
  • Drug discovery
  • Natural products and functional food
  • Chinese medicine

Projects and grants

Professor Li has attracted ARC, NHMRC, NHF, Wellcome Trust and other industry and foundation grants in excess of $4 million.

See a list of past and current projects.(opens in a new window)

Awards and recognition

  • 2013 Vice Chairman, Executive Committee. Fourth Australia-China Biomedical Research Conference and International Symposium on Aging Biology and Diseases, China
  • 2011 Chair, Scientific Committee, Third Australia-China Biomedical Research Conference, Melbourne
  • 2009 Chair, Academic Panel, World Congress of Chinese Medicine, Melbourne
  • 2007 Co-Chair, The first Australia-China Biomedical Research Conference, Melbourne
  • 2003 Chair, Symposium of Chinese herbal medicines-adverse reactions and drug herb interactions


  • Editorial Board: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Editorial Board: Drug Discoveries and Therapeutics
  • Editorial Board: Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (Advisory Board)
  • 2011-present Standards Australia Traditional Chinese Medicine Committee member
  • 2007-present Cardiovascular Committee of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies


  • 1991 PhD in Pharmacology, The University of Melbourne, Australia


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