Jian Li, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Global Biostatistics and Data Science
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2001
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-1675
Fax: (504) 988-1706 

Research Focus:

My research is mainly focusing on investigating the relationship between DNA variation and human complex traits. By incorporating tools from genetics, genomics, and statistics, I have been working both on developing new analytical methodology and on conducting analyses on various types of biological data. My recent efforts are centering on genome-wide association studies. Relying on population genetic principals such as structure of linkage equilibrium and facilitating the advanced molecular technologies such as genome-wide SNP arrays and next-generation sequencing data, I am working on dissecting the genetic architecture of human complex diseases such as osteoporosis and obesity.

Another area of interest is to study the genetic variance of DNA sequences. Topics include DNA linkage disequilibrium structure across genome, structural variation such as copy number variation, and ethnic differences in DNA variation across populations such as Caucasian and Asian. 


Professional Experience:

Jian Li is a member of American Society of Human Genetics. He has presented his research results in various academic meetings and has been invited as a peer reviewer for various scientific journals such as Genetics, Genetical Research, and Journal of Molecular Psychiatry.


Educational Background:

  • B.S., biochemistry and molecular biology, Peking University, 1997
  • M.S., biological sciences, Creighton University, 2000
  • Ph.D., genetics, North Carolina State University, 2005.

Selected Publications: 

Review Dr. Li's publications at his NCBI profile page.


Level of Instruction:


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