Lan Li graduated with a BSc degree in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. In her undergraduate studies she learned organic synthesis. Next she joined SCELSE as a research assistant, looking at the structural characterisation of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) in the matrix of opportunistic pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphyloccocus aureus. Currently, she is working on EPS in Anammox granules while focusing on structural and functional characterisation. Lan Li extracts biopolymers from biofilms using chemical and enzymatic digestion. Her background is in purification of EPS biopolymers using fractional precipitation and column chromatography (HPLC, Gel Permeation Chromatography, Solid Phase Extraction kit). In addition, she uses Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) in the structural characterisation of biopolymers as well as confocal laser scanning microscopy for imaging of cells.
Apart from her passion for research, Lan Li likes to cook, read and explore around Singapore.