Dr. Yan Li joined UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging as an Assistant Professor in March 2019. Dr. Li received her medical degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, Master of Science in Biochemistry from McGill University in Canada, and PhD from the UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Graduate Program in Bioengineering. Before accepting current position, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Sarah Nelson as a post-doctoral fellow and later as an assistant research scientist.
Dr. Yan Li’s research focuses on developing methods for obtaining reliable metabolic information from the brain in order to characterize spatial and temporal heterogeneity and the biologic behavior during disease time for brain tumors, psychiatric and neurologic diseases. This includes the development of new methods for obtaining whole brain metabolites and tools for generating metrics of brain neurotransmitters using 3T and 7T MR scanners, implementation of statistical methods to relate metabolic metrics to clinical outcome or measures, and integrating steady state 1H metabolic imaging with PET, hyperpolarized 13C and advanced MR imaging parameters in order to elucidate the underlying normal and abnormal biological process.