Academician Wen-Hsiung Li received the 2019 Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution’s Lifetime Contribution Award.

Dr. Li’s research interests include molecular and genomic evolution, methods for DNA sequence and genomic data analysis, and computational biology. He is the author of the textbooks Fundamental of Molecular Evolution (co-authored with Dan Graur) and Molecular Evolution. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed publications. His works have been cited more than 65,000 times with an H-index of 103.

Dr. Li received his PhD in applied mathematics from Brown University in 1972 and is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the 2003 Balzan Prize for Genetics and Evolution, 2009 Mendel medal, and the HUGO 2008 Chen Award. He was President of SMBE in 2000.

The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) is an international society for molecular evolution. It runs two highly successful journals and its annual meeting attracts more than 1000 attendants. The Lifetime Contribution Award was created four years ago in honor of Motoo Kimura, who was the foremost leader in population genetics and molecular evolution from the 1960s to the 1980s. Dr. Li is the fourth recipient of the award.