Li Gao PH.D.

While working for her Ph.D. degree, Li designed, synthesized and performed biological testing of new chiral chemicals for the development of drugs against cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases. Li then worked in a pharmaceutical company, leading the drug discovery program. She invented and commercialized new chemical entities for drug discovery and development. Li also developed new materials from renewable sources. Her experience also includes technology licensing and technology transferring.

  • J.D., summa cum laude
    Michigan State University College of Law, 2017
  • Ph.D., Chemistry
    Michigan State University, 2004
  • M.S., Chemistry
    Nankai University, China, 2000
  • B.S., Chemistry
    Nankai University, China, 1997
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Technical Background
  • Chemistry
  • Mandarin (native)
Experience | Legal

Brinks Gilson & Lione, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Associate, 2017-Present
Summer Associate, 2015, 2016

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, Michigan
Law Clerk, 2014

Experience | Non-Legal

AFID Therapeutics Inc., Lansing, Michigan
Director of Research and Development, 2006-2012
Discovery Chemistry Group Leader, 2005-2006
Research Scientist, 2004-2005

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Research/Teaching Assistant, 2000-2004

Experience | Patents
  • 2-Thiaquinolizidines and Process for the Preparation thereof. US 7,342,010

  • Pyrrolo-thiazines and Processes for the Preparation and Use thereof. US 7,579,343

  • 2-Thiaquinolizidines as Glycosidase and Glycosyltransferase Inhibitors. EP 1657244

Experience | Publications
  • Li, Gao; Hollingsworth, Rawle Trihydroxy-2-Thiaquinolizidine Derivatives as A New Class of Bicyclic Glycosidase Inhibitors Tetrahedron 2005, 61, 3805-3811.
  • Li, Gao; Hollingsworth, Rawle The Design and Evaluation of Dihydroxytetrahydro-1H-pyrrolo-[2,1-c][1,4]benzothiazines As Conformationally Restricted Transition State Inhibitor of β-Ribosidases Journal of Organic Chemistry 2005, 70, 9013-9016.
  • Hollingsworth, Rawle; Li, Gao Design and Synthesis Strategies for Old and New Glycosidase Inhibitors Pharma Chem 2005, anno 4 – N.5.