Min Li, Ph.D.

Li, Min Pic

Professor of Medicine, Surgery, and Cell Biology
Virginia Kerley Cade Endowed Chair in Cancer Treatment
Director of GI Cancer Research, Department of Medicine
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Surgery

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Office: (405) 271-1796
Lab: (405) 271-5836
Fax: (405) 271-1766
Email: Min-Li@ouhsc.edu

Mailing Address

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research Center, BRC1262A
975 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
USA

Education
1990 - 1994 BS, Shandong University, Jinan, China
1994 - 1997 MS, Chinese Academy of Medical Science & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China
1997 - 2002 PhD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Clinical Interests
GI cancers, especially pancreatic cancer

Brain tumor

Research Interests
Molecular mechanism of pancreatic cancer

Zinc transporter and pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer cachexia and metabolism
microRNAs in pancreatic cancer
Cancer stem cell and cell reprogramming
Targeted cancer therapy
Non-coding RNAs in brain tumor

The major goal of my research is to study the pancreatic cancer (PC) pathogenesis and develop new therapies. Current projects include the role of zinc transporter ZIP4 in PC, the therapeutic potential for ZIP4 shRNA-based treatment, the function of microRNAs in ZIP4-mediated PC growth, signaling transduction and metabolism in PC, and cancer genomic sequencing. Our group is the first to identify a key zinc transporter ZIP4, which is aberrantly expressed in PC, and promotes cancer growth and metastasis. Our group has published more than 120 papers in the above mentioned research area. I have a track record of mentoring junior faculties, postdoctoral fellows, students, surgical fellows, residents, and visiting scholars nationally and internationally. We have obtained both federal (NIH R01s and R21s) and private foundation grants to support our research. I am a member of many NIH study sections, and other funding agencies, and I serve as Associate Editor, Editor-in-Chief, and editorial board member for many peer reviewed scientific journals.