About me

My name is Heng Li, a senior research scientist at the Broad Institute. I study advanced computational methods and mathematical models to help researchers to understand biology better. I have worked on genomics, population genetics, phylogenetics and network dynamics. I led the design of the SAM format, created SAMtools/htslib and developed BWA and minimap2 among others. I also routinely collaborate with other biologists and computer scientists, and have been involved in multiple international projects such as the 1000 Genomes Project.

I graduated from Nanjing University in China with a B.Sc. in physics. I obtained my Ph.D. in theoretical biophysics from the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, in 2006, when I worked at BGI in the same period. I was a Postdoc of Richard Durbin before moving to US in 2009.

At the time I am writing this page my wife, my daughter and I are living around Boston, United States. Our motherland is China, forever.

Selected Publications