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Department of Laboratory Medicine

Zhigang Li Curriculum Vitae

Zhigang Li is the Research Specialist.

Place of Birth

Shanghai, China


Graduate of East China Institute of Chemical Technology


  • 2011-Present Research Specialist, National Institutes of Health
  • 2000-2010 Research Specialist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 1995-2000 Research Associate, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 1933-1995 Research Fellow, Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • 1986-1993 Research Associate, Boston Biomedical Research Institute, Boston, MA
  • 1982-1986 Research Assistant, Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology, Academica Sinica, Shanghai, China

Selected Publications

  • Erdemir HH, Li Z, Sacks DB. IQGAP1 binds to estrogen receptor-a and modulates its  function. J Biol Chem 2014; 289:9100-9112.
  • Zhang Y, Li Z, Sacks DB, Ames JB. Structural basis for Ca2+-induced activation and dimerization of estrogen receptor a by calmodulin. J Biol Chem 2012; 287:9336-9344.
    [Journal of Biological Chemistry Paper of the Week]
    [Recommended by the Faculty of 1000]
  • Kim H, White CD, Li Z, Sacks DB. Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium usurps the scaffold protein IQGAP1 to manipulate Rac1 and MAPK signalling. Biochem J 2011; 440:309-318.
  • White CD, Li Z, Dillon DA, Sacks DB. IQGAP1 binds human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) and modulates trastuzumab resistance. J Biol Chem 2011; 286:29734-29747.
    [Recommended by the Faculty of 1000]
  • Sharma S, Findlay GM, Bandukwala HS, Oberdoerffer S, Baust B, Li Z, Schmidt V, Hogan PG, Sacks DB, Rao A. Dephosphorylation of the nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) transcription factor is regulated by an RNA-protein scaffold complex. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2011; 108:11381-11386.
  • McNulty DE, Li Z, White CD, Sacks DB, Annan RS. MAP kinase scaffold IQGAP1 binds the EGF receptor and modulates its activation. J Biol Chem 2011; 286:15010-15021.
  • Brown MD, Bry L, Li Z, Sacks DB. Actin pedestal formation by EPEC is regulated by IQGAP1, calcium and calmodulin. J Biol Chem 2008; 283:35212-22. PMCID: PMC2596374
  • Ren JG, Li Z, Sacks DB. IQGAP1 integrates Ca2+/calmodulin and B-RAF signaling. J Biol Chem 2008; 283:22972-82.
  • Owen D, Campbell LJ, Littlefield K, Evetts KA, Li Z, Sacks DB, Lowe PN, Mott HR. The IQGAP1-Rac1 and IQGAP1-Cdc42 Interactions: INTERFACES DIFFER BETWEEN THE COMPLEXES. J Biol Chem 2008; 283:1692-704.
  • Jadeski L, Mataraza JM, Jeong HW, Li Z, Sacks DB. IQGAP1 stimulates proliferation and enhances tumourigenesis of human breast epithelial cells. J Biol Chem 2008; 283:1008-17.
  • Brown MD, Bry L, Li Z, Sacks DB. IQGAP1 regulates Salmonella invasion through interactions with actin, Rac1 and Cdc42. J Biol Chem 2007; 282:30265-72.
  • Jeong HW, Li Z, Brown MD, Sacks DB. IQGAP1 binds Rap1 and modulates its activity. J Biol Chem 2007; 282:20752-62.
  • Ren JG, Li Z, Sacks DB. IQGAP1 modulates activation of B-Raf. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2007; 104:10465-9.
  • Mataraza JM, Li Z, Jeong HW, Brown MD, Sacks DB. Multiple proteins mediate IQGAP1-stimulated cell migration. Cell Signal 2007; 19:1857-65.
  • Li L, Li Z, Howley PM, Sacks DB. E6AP and calmodulin reciprocally regulate estrogen receptor stability. J Biol Chem 2006; 281:1978-85.
  • Roy M, Li Z, Sacks DB. IQGAP1 is a scaffold for mitogen-activated protein kinase signalling. Mol Cell Biol 2005; 25:7940-52.
  • Ren JG, Li Z, Crimmins DL, Sacks DB. Self-association of IQGAP1: Characterization and functional sequelae. J Biol Chem 2005; 280:34548-34557.
  • Li L, Li Z, Sacks DB. The transcriptional activity of estrogen receptor-alpha is dependent on Ca2+/calmodulin. J Biol Chem 2005; 280:13097-104.
  • Li Z, McNulty DE, Marler KJM, Lim L, Hall C, Annan RS, Sacks DB. IQGAP1 promotes neurite outgrowth in a phosphorylation-dependent manner. J Biol Chem 2005; 280:13871-8.
  • Roy M, Li Z, Sacks DB. IQGAP1 binds ERK2 and modulates its activity. J Biol Chem 2004; 279:17329-37.
  • Mataraza JM, Briggs MW, Li Z, Entwistle A, Ridley AJ, Sacks DB. IQGAP1 promotes cell motility and invasion. J Biol Chem 2003; 278:41237-45.
  • Li Z, Sacks DB. Elucidation of the interaction of calmodulin with the IQ motifs of IQGAP1. J Biol Chem 2003; 278:4347-4352.
  • Li L, Li Z, Sacks DB. Calmodulin regulates the transcriptional activity of estrogen receptors: selective inhibition of calmodulin function in subcellular compartments. J Biol Chem 2003; 278:1195-1200.
  • Mataraza JM, Briggs MW, Li Z, Frank R, Sacks DB. Identification and characterization of the Cdc42-binding site of IQGAP1. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 2003; 305:315-321.
  • Swart-Mataraza JM, Li Z, Sacks DB. IQGAP1 is a component of Cdc42 signalling to the cytoskeleton. J Biol Chem 2002; 277:24753-24763.
  • Briggs MW, Li Z, Sacks DB. IQGAP1-mediated stimulation of transcriptional co-activation by β-catenin is modulated by calmodulin. J Biol Chem 2002; 277:7453-7465.
  • Sokol SY, Li Z, Sacks DB. The effect of IQGAP1 on Xenopus embryonic ectoderm requires Cdc42. J Biol Chem 2001; 276:48425-48430.
  • Li Z, Joyal JL, Sacks DB. Calmodulin enhances the stability of the estrogen receptor. J Biol Chem 2001; 276: 17354-17360.
  • Kim SH, Li Z, Sacks DB. E-cadherin-mediated cell-cell attachment activates Cdc42. J Biol Chem 2000; 275:36999-37005.
  • Li Z, Joyal JL, Sacks DB. Binding of IRS proteins to calmodulin is enhanced in insulin resistance. Biochemistry 2000; 39:5089-5096.
  • Li Z, Kim SH, Higgins JM, Brenner MB, Sacks DB. IQGAP1 and calmodulin modulate E-cadherin function. J Biol Chem 1999; 274:37885-37892.
  • Ho YD, Joyal JL, Li Z, Sacks DB. IQGAP1 integrates Ca2+/calmodulin and Cdc42 signaling. J Biol Chem 1999; 274:464-470.

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