Jian Li is Professor and an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow (Level B) at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne. He completed his PhD (2002) at the University of South Australia before moving to Monash University. He was awarded an NHMRC Career Development Award fellowship in 2006 and was promoted to a full professor within 10 years after he finished his PhD. Jian has an internationally leading track record in the pharmacology of polymyxins (microbiology, chemistry, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and nephrotoxicity) and discovery and development of novel polymyxins against Gram-negative 'superbugs'. The majority of modern polymyxin pharmacology data were reported by his group. Jian's research is very well funded by US NIH and Australian NHMRC (>$27M since 2004). The work from his group has resulted in >150 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and the graduation of 9 PhD students. Jian's research targets an urgent global medical challenge, antibiotic resistance and lack of new antibiotics against Gram-negative 'superbugs'.