Our team

Xiaohong Li

Associate Professor

Dr. Li received her Ph.D. in 2001 from the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. She then completed postdoctoral training in the laboratories of Drs. David Ong and Neil Bhowmick at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Li was appointed as a research assistant professor in Vanderbilt’s Department of Cancer Biology in 2009, where she was mentored by Dr. Lynn Matrisian. She joined VAI as an assistant professor in September 2012. In Jul 2020, Dr. Li joined UT as an associate professor.

Shang Su

Research Assistant Professor
May 2019 - now

Shang is from Jilin Province, China. He got both his PhD and BS degrees from School of Life Sciences in Tsinghua University, China. After a short dip into biotech industry, he realized he is more enthusiastic in basic scientific research. Shang came to US and joined Dr. Xiaohong Li’s group as a post-doc in May 2019. He was promoted to Research Assistant Professor at U Toledo in July 2023. He is currently leading/participating projects in prostate cancer bone metastasis, tumor dormancy and drug resistance.

Yawei Zhao

Post-doctoral fellow
Feb 2020 - now

Yawei is from Shandong Province, China. He became interested in biology research during his undergraduate studies and received his Ph. D. in 2020 from the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. Yawei joined Dr. Xiaohong Li’s group as a post-doc in February 2020. He is currently leading/participating in projects in prostate cancer bone metastasis and drug resistance.

Shubhra Kanti Dey

PhD student
Aug 2021 - now

Shubhra is from Barishal, Bangladesh. He earned his Bachelor of Pharmacy from Khulna University, Bangladesh. Shubhra joined Dr. Xiaohong Li’s lab as a volunteer in Aug 2021 and officially joined Li lab as a PhD student in May 2023.

Augustine Kwabil

PhD student
Jan 2023 - now

Augustine is from Kumasi in the Republic of Ghana. He earned his B.Sc. Biomedical Sciences from the University of Cape Coast. He joined Dr. Xiaohong Li’s lab as rotation PhD student in Jan 2023 and officially joined Li lab in May 2023.

Yiming Qin

Research Assistant
Jul 2023 - now

Yiming is from Henan Province, China. She got B.S. degree from China Agricultural University and M.S. degree from Peking Union Medical College. She joined Dr. Xiaohong Li’s lab as a Research Assistant in July 2023.

Prisca Chinonso Njoku

PhD student
May 2024 - now

Prisca is from Imo Nigeria, she earned her Bachelor of Science from Madonna University Nigeria, and her master’s degree from the University of Lagos Nigeria. Prisca started rotation from Jan16 to Mar01 and officially joined Dr. Xiahong Li’s lab as a PhD student in May 2024.


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Alumni (By last name)

    We appreciate the contribution made by the previous members and cherish the memories we share. Wish all of you a better future!
  • Samual Ameh, Summer intern
  • Ian Berlin, rotation MD/PhD student from May 2023 to Jun 2023
  • Jaya Bhandari, rotation PhD student in 2021, now in Dr. Yue Zou's lab in Dept. Cell and Cancer Biology
  • Kate Blumenstein, Summer intern
  • Jingchen Cao, Visiting scholar (2017-03/2019 in Li Lab), now works in SunStem biotechnology Co. Ltd in China.
  • Yiqing Dong, Summer intern
  • Rebecca Emery, Summer intern
  • Matthew Fini, Summer intern
  • Divya Gandra, Intern
  • Sourik Ganguly, Ph.D., Postdoctoral fellow
  • Jeremy Haskins, M.S., Part-time research technician
  • Peter Hsueh, Ph.D. rotation student (MSU)
  • Joel Karsten, Summer intern
  • Prisilla Lee, Assistant technician
  • Ruihua Liu, Research Assistant (Sep 2018- Jul 2023). She worked for her PhD degree in Inner Mongolia University jointly mentored by Dr. Xiaohong Li and Dr. Haiquan Yu.
  • Julienne Louters, Ph.D. rotation student (MSU)
  • Austin M. Meadows, B.S., Assistant research technician
  • Neil (Xiangqi) Meng, Ph.D., Postdoctoral fellow, now Associate Professor in Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center in China.
  • Ghada Y. T. Mohsen, Intern
  • Jared Murdoch, Assistant technician
  • Junqing Sheng, Visiting scholar, now Associate Professor in Nanchang University in China.
  • Abigail Solitro, Ph.D. rotation student (VAIGS)
  • Maggie Stangis, M.S., Research Assistant (2019-2021 in Li Lab), now a PhD student in University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Isabelle Stiver, Summer intern
  • Alex Vander Ark, M.S., Laboratory manager
  • Jie Wang, M.S., Visiting scholar
  • Jeanie Wedberg, Senior administrative assistant
  • Erica Woodford, B.S., Assistant research technician
  • Guangyong Yang, B.S., Senior research technician
  • Alexandra Yungblut, B.S., rotation MD/PhD student
  • Qi Zeng, M.D., Guest Ph.D. student
  • Reian Zhang, Summer intern, now studies biochemistry in U Michigan.
  • Yongxia Zheng, Visiting scholar, Associate Professor in Jiaxing College in China.