College of Science


Lab People
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Liwu Li, Ph. D.  Principle Investigator

Dr. Li received his B.S. degree from China in 1986, a Ph.D from Univ. of Michigan in 1996, and did his post-doc training with Jack Dixon till 1999.  He was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine from 1999 till 2005.  He has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Immunology, a panel member for various NIH study sections, and a board member for the Inflammation Research Association. Dr. Li is currently a Professor at Virginia Tech, and holds joint appointment at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering.

Research Staff

Urmila Maitra , Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin


Selected publication:

Maitra U, Gan L, Chang S, Li L (2011) Low dose endotoxin induces inflammation by selectively removing nuclear receptors and activating C/EBP delta. Journal of Immunology. 186: 447-4473.

Maitra U, Parks J, Li L. (2009) . Molecular and Cellular Biology. 29(22):5989-97

Keqiang Chen, PhD

Shuo Geng , Ph.D. Medical College of Ohio


Graduate students/scholars

Bianca Baker, B.S. Virginia Tech


Selected publication: Molecular mechanisms responsible for the selective and low-grade induction of proinflammatory mediators in murine macrophages by lipopolysaccharide. Maitra U*, Deng H*, Glaros T*, Baker B, Capelluto D, Li Z, Li L. J Immunology. 2012. In press.

Matt Morris, B.S. Concord Univ.

Selected publication: Molecular mechanisms and pathological consequences of endotoxin tolerance and priming. Morris M, Li L. Arch Immunol Ther Exp. 2012 Feb;60(1):13-8.

Ruoxi Yuan, B.S.




Former Post-docs:

Dongmei Wang, PhD. Associate Professor, USTC, China

Jianmin Su, PhD. Research Assistant Professor, VTC Medical School

Qifa Xie, PhD. University of Louisville Medical School

Steve Fasciano, PhD. Chair of Science, Lincoln College of New England

Kathleen Richter, PhD. NIEHS


Former Graduate Students:

Lu Gan, Ph.D, NIH

Tamisha Vaughan, Ph.D, Emory School of Medicine

Mike Surace, Ph.D, VCU School of Medicine

Neeraj Singh, Ph.D, DVM, NIH

Trevor Glaros, PhD, Research Scientist, NCI/NIH

Lorna Ringwood, PhD, Post-doctoral, UC Davis

YouJia Fang, MS, Virginia Tech

Lin Zhang, MS, NC State


Former Undergradaute students:

Erin Huber, PhD student, John Hopkins School of Public Health

Ka-Po Leung, Pharmacy student, VCU School of Pharmacy

Phil Nguyen, Dental student, VCU School of Dentistry

Andrew Becker, Medical Student, VCOM

Lee Howell, Research Staff, Naval Research Center

Sarah Davis, PhD student, Univ of Tennessee

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