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Chunying Li

Associate Professor

Dr. Li received his Ph.D. in Physiology in 2005 at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.


Dr. Chunying Li is an Associate Professor at the Center of Molecular and Translational Medicine and the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor at Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Wayne State University School of Medicine during 2008-2016.

Li lab examines the molecular mechanisms that govern vascular functions and gastrointestinal homeostasis. Specifically, their work focuses on the regulatory roles of a family of histone lysine methyltransferases (SMYD proteins) in vascular biology and gastrointesHnal physiology. Ongoing efforts in the lab aim at gaining in-depth insights into the functional roles of SMYD proteins in transcriptional and post-translational regulation of cellular and organismal homeostasis, in particular, in vascular diseases such as restenosis, atherosclerosis, and aortic aneurysms, and also in gut diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases and colitis-associated colon cancer.

Dr. Li’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Health, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and others.