Jianrong Li, D.V.M., Ph.D., joined the College's Division of Environmental Health Sciences in May 2008. He was recruited as part of the research initiative on Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases and has a joint appointment with the Department of Food Science and Technology. Dr. Li's laboratory seeks to understand molecular biology of food and waterborne viruses (e.g. Norovirus) and public health related viruses (e.g. Paramyxovirus) and to facilitate the rational design of new vaccines and anti-viral agents with the ultimate goal of improving food safety and public health.