Our team

Xiaohong Li

Associate Professor, PI

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

Post-doctoral fellow

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 is currently leading/participating projects in prostate cancer bone metastasis, tumor dormancy and drug resistance.

Yawei Zhao

Post-doctoral fellow

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.

Ruihua Liu

Research Assistant

Ruihua got both her Master and Bachelor degrees from Inner Mongolia Unversity in China. Now she is working for her Ph.D degree in Inner Mongolia Unversity jointly mentored by Dr. Xiaohong Li and Dr. Haiquan Yu. She joined Li lab in Sep 2018, and is working with the project about how the bone marrow cells induce dissemnated prostate cancer cells dormancy and reactivate the dormant cells to proliferate.


Toledo Rocket

Our next Rocket in the lab! We are looking forward to your amazing show!!!

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
  • 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
  • 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.