Dr Li-Kun Phng

Li-Kun Phng is a Team Leader at RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan. Her research group investigates molecular and mechanical mechanisms controlling endothelial cell behavior and dynamics during blood vessel morphogenesis.

Li-Kun received her PhD from University College London in 2009 for her study on Notch signaling in regulating blood vessel development in the laboratory of Holger Gerhardt at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute. She was awarded the EMBO and HFSP Long-term Fellowships to perform postdoctoral research at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg in 2009, and in VIB/KU Leuven, Belgium in 2011. She next moved to the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center Research Institute, Osaka, in 2014, after receiving the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers. She was appointed to her current position as Team Leader at RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in October 2016.