Ji Li, Ph.D.

Chief of Staff

Ji Li, Ph.D., holds the dual roles of Chief of Staff and Senior Director of Alliance Management & Business Operations. Ji is responsible for establishing and managing strategic alliances with academic institutions and industry partners. He oversees business operations including financial planning, corporate communications, contracts management, recruiting, facility planning, and IT. In addition, he supports project management, business development, and financing.

Ji joins Immune-Onc from Natera where, as Director of Marketing Strategy & Operations, he launched Signatera (RUO), a circulating tumor DNA assay custom-built for detecting molecular residual disease and monitoring treatment. Prior to Natera, Ji was an Associate Director at Navigant Consulting, advising primarily biopharmaceutical companies and specializing in product & portfolio strategy and planning, product launches, operational excellence, and digital health.

Ji holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Peking University in China. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Columbia University, where he studied the role of microRNAs and Notch signaling in cell fate specification.