College of Science


Lab People

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 Faculty

Shuo Geng, Ph.D. Research Scientist

Selected publication:

Low-grade inflammatory polarization of monocytes impairs wound healing. 2016 J Pathology. 238(4):571-83


Myeloid cell-derived inducible nitric oxide synthase suppresses M1 macrophage polarization. 2015 Nature Communications. 6:6676.


Emergence, origin, and function of neutrophil-dendritic cell hybrids in experimentally induced inflammatory lesions in mice.2013 Blood. 121(10):1690-700.

  Yao Zhang, Ph.D. Research Scientist
Graduate students/scholars
Ruoxi Yuan, B.S. Nanjing Agriculture Univ.

Elaine Bradford, Clemson U

  Elizabeth Kowalski, Univ. of Tampa
  Christina Lee, Georgetown U
  Chimera Lyle, Virginia Commonwealth U
  Kisha Pradhan, Wilson College
  Allison Rahtes, Elizabethtown College
  Taojing Ran, Southern Medical U
  Bronson Weston, U Delaware

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

Urmila Maitra, PhD, University of Alabama

Keqiang Chen, PhD, Research Scientist, NIH


Former Graduate Students:

Matt Morris, PhD, University of Rochester Medical School

Bianca Baker, PhD, VCU Medical School

Lu Gan, PhD, NIH

Tamisha Vaughan, PhD, Emory School of Medicine

Mike Surace, PhD, VCU School of Medicine

Neeraj Singh, PhD, 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

group photo