Pin-Lan Li, MD. Ph.D., is Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology of the Virginia Commonwealth University. Her laboratory has been working on the molecular mechanisms of chronic degenerative diseases including glomerular sclerosis and atherosclerosis with a focus on sphingolipids-mediated signaling and lysosome pathobiology. She received a M. D. from the Tongji Medical University in China (1982) and Ph.D. from the Heidelberg University in Germany (1992).