University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Li is a post-doctoral scholar in the UAB Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her research focuses on understanding the risk factors for the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes in order to develop dietary interventions to improve metabolic function in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI).
Dr. Li received her Ph.D. training at Purdue University where she studied the impact of dietary modifications on human metabolic health, specifically glucose metabolism. She brought her expertise in nutrition and health to SCI rehabilitation and at UAB, she is coordinating a 5-year clinical trial that investigates the effects of a high-protein low-carbohydrate diet on metabolic health, gut microbiome, and body composition, as well as the quality of life among individuals with long-standing SCI. To provide a landscape of the current research on nutrition and SCI health, she is also currently leading a team of scientists from the Model System Knowledge Translation Center, Hacettepe University, and UAB to conduct a scoping review.
During Dr. Li’s postdoctoral training, she further built upon her skillsets in the field of gut microbiome and metabolomics. She explored the differences in gut microbiome composition between individuals with acute vs. chronic SCI, as well as the relationship between gut microbiome/microbial metabolites and type 2 diabetes in individuals with chronic SCI.
Dr. Li has received notable awards for her work in SCI, including the NIDILRR Mary Switzer Research fellowship and Craig Neilsen Foundation postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Li currently serves as the secretary for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine SCI-Special Interest Group as well as the task force chair for the secondary conditions and aging task force.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
11:10 AM – 12:25 PM ET