Dr. Li is a genetic epidemiologist and serves as the program director for the electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network. She has a longstanding interest in genetic/genomic research on complex diseases and phenotypes, and gene-gene, gene-environment and gene-drug interactions.
Before Dr. Li came to the United States in 1991, she was working at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (Beijing) and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine (Beijing). She completed her post-doctoral training at Glaxo and her residency at Glaxo-Wellcome. She worked at Rho, a biostatistics consulting firm/contract research organization (Chapel Hill, N.C.).
Dr. Li was on the faculty of Morehouse School of Medicine (Atlanta) and was a tenured professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center within the Department of Preventive Medicine, and Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics (Memphis, Tenn.) before joining the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in 2009.
Dr. Li taught genetic epidemiology and was a mentor to graduate students, junior faculty members and clinicians. Dr. Li has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and abstracts. She is also an associate editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Last Updated: December 7, 2017