Dr. Xin Li is a visiting assistant professor in the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. She received her BS in Biotechnology from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and her M.S in cancer epidemiology and ScD in genetic and molecular epidemiology from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. She then pursued her post-doctoral training at Harvard University, focusing on metabolomics profile analysis and longitudinal analysis in large prospective cohorts.

Research Interests

  • Identifying susceptible genes, pathways, drug targets and biomarkers for complex diseases;
  • Uncovering the biological significance of disease-associated loci identified by genome-wide association studies and whole-genome sequencing;
  • Detecting gene-environment interaction in carcinogenesis;
  • Analyzing multi-omics data in population setting;
  • Assessing the molecular and genetic relationships among (patho)phenotypes.

Selected Publications

  1. Li X, Liang L, Zhang M, Song F, Nan H, Wang LE, Wei Q, Lee JE, Amos CI, Qureshi AA, Han J. Obesity-related genetic variants, human pigmentation, and risk of melanoma. Hum Genet. 2013 Jul; 132(7):793-801.
  2. Li X, Liang L, De Vivo I, Tang JY, Han J. Pathway analysis of expression-related SNPs on genome-wide association study of basal cell carcinoma. Oncotarget. 2016 Jun 14; 7(24):36885-36895.
  3. Li X, Cornelis MC, Liang L, Song F, De Vivo I, Giovannucci E, Tang JY, Han J. A genome-wide analysis of gene-caffeine consumption interaction on basal cell carcinoma. Carcinogenesis. 2016 Dec; 37(12):1138-1143.
  4. Li X, Liang G, Du M, De Vivo I, Nan H. No association between telomere length-related loci and number of cutaneous nevi. Oncotarget. 2016 Dec 13; 7(50):82396-82399.
  5. Li X, Liang L, Feng YA, De Vivo I, Giovannucci E, Tang JY, Han J. Height, height-related SNPs, and risk of non-melanoma skin cancer. Br J Cancer. 2017 Jan 3; 116(1):134-140.
  6. Li X, Liu H, Amos CI, Lee JE, Thomas NE, Wei Q, Han J. A PGC1β genetic variant associated with nevus count and melanoma mortality. Int J Cancer. 2017 May 23. doi: 10.1002/ijc.30802. [Epub ahead of print]
  7. Park MK, Li W, Paek SY, Li X, Wu S, Li T, Qureshi AA, Cho E. Consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and risk of incident psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis from the Nurses' Health Study II. Br J Dermatol. 2016 Sep 15.
  8. Xu Y, Wang Y, Liu H, Shi Q, Zhu D, Amos CI, Fang S, Lee JE, Hyslop T, Li X, Han J. Genetic variants in the metzincin metallopeptidase family genes predict melanoma survival. Molecular carcinogenesis. 2017 Aug 10.