Faculty Profile

Yanchun Li
Section of Gastroenterology
Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interests

Dr. Li ‘s main research interest is the vitamin D endocrine system. His lab is exploring the functions of vitamin D using molecular, cellular and genetic approaches. Their current research focuses on several areas: 1) vitamin D regulation of the renin-angiotensin system and blood pressure as well as mineral metabolism, including renal handling of calcium, phosphate, sulfate and water; 2) exploring roles of the vitamin D receptor in adipogenesis and lipid metabolism in cells and animals; 3) chemoprevention of vitamin D against colon cancer genesis and development; 4)mechanism of vitamin D receptor regulation of the hair growth cycle.

Clinical Interests



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  • BS, 1983, Wuhan University, Virology
  • MS, 1986, Wuhan University, Molecular Virology
  • PhD, 1991, Kent State University, Biochemistry
  • Fellowship, 1997, Massachusetts General Hospital, Medicine
  • Fellowship, 1997, Harvard Medical School, Medicine