Fan Li


Education and work experience

2018.09 – 2022.01 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Joint PhD programme in BGI)
2021.02 – 2022.04 Visiting PhD student in National University of Singapore (CSC Scholarship)
2015.09 – 2018.06 Hubei University
2011.09 – 2015.06 Hubei Engineering University

Research Interests

My general research interests lie in the fields of evolutionary biology and genomics. I am familiar with the use of experimental methods of molecular biology and bioinformatics to answer questions about biological evolution. I also have rich research experience in integrated taxonomy. At present, my main research object is arthropod taxa.

Current research projects

The question of when and how the change of aquatic and terrestrial habits of animals evolved has always been concerned and discussed. The number of spider species is huge, but the aquatic spider group is rare, and the molecular mechanism of their aquatic adaptive evolution is still unclear. This project takes water spiders and intertidal spiders as research objects, and conducts an in-depth exploration of the aquatic adaptive evolution of spiders through the research methods of genomics and functional genomics.

Representative Publications

Li F, Xu X, Zhang Z, Liu F, Yang Z, Li D. 2022. Multilocus species delimitation and phylogeny of the genus Calommata (Araneae, Atypidae) in southern China. Zoologica Scripta 51: 199-216.
Li F, Lv Y, Wen Z, Bian C, Zhang X, Guo S, Shi Q, Li D. 2021. The complete mitochondrial genome of the intertidal spider provides novel insights into the adaptive evolution of the mitogenome and the evolution of spiders. BMC Ecology and Evolution 21, 72.
Li F, Xu X, Zhang Z, Liu F, Zhang H, Li D. 2018. Two new species of the purse-web spider genus Atypus Latreille, 1804 from Hainan Island, China (Araneae, Atypidae). ZooKeys 762: 47-57.
Li F, Bian C, Li D, Shi Q. 2021. Spider silks: an overview of their component proteins for hydrophobicity and biomedical applications. Protein & Peptide Letters 27: 1-17.
Li F, Xu X, Zhang Z, Liu F, Chen J, Li D. 2018. Illustration of post-maturity molting in the purseweb spiders and a record for the longest purseweb. Acta Arachnologica Sinica 27(1): 39-43.
Yu L, Xu X, Li F, Zhou W, Zeng H, Tan EJ, Zhang S, Li D. 2022. From crypsis to masquerade: ontogeny changes the colour defences of a crab spider hiding as bird droppings. Functional Ecology 00:1-13.
Xu X, Yu L, Li F, Li D. Species delimitation and evolutionary history of the bird dropping crab spider genus Phrynarachne (Araneae: Thomisidae) from China. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
Guo S, Wen Z, Zhang X, Li F, Cui H, Lin X, Shi Q, You X. 2021. Characterization of five caspase genes and their transcriptional changes in response to exogenous iridescent virus challenge in the whiteleg shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei). Aquaculture 534, 736192.
Xu X, Xu C, Li F, Pham DS, Li D. 2017. Trapdoor spiders of the genus Cyclocosmia Ausserer, 1871 from China and Vietnam (Araneae, Ctenizidae). ZooKeys 643: 75-85.