Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Li is currently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical &
    Diagnostic Sciences, School of Health Professions (SHP) at University of Alabama at
    Birmingham (UAB). He earned his PhD in Molecular Physiology from Southern Illinois
    University Carbondale in 2006 and a Medical Degree in Clinical Medicine in 1997 from
    Xinxiang Medical University. As a medical educator, he has more than 10 years’
    experience dedicated on teaching and doing translational research. He has also published
    over 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. At the same time, he is serving as the
    associate editor for Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and an active reviewer for five other
    journals: Journal of Allied Health, Neurobiology of Aging, Journal of Diabetes, Journal
    of Brain Imaging and Behavior, and The American Journal of the Medical Sciences.
    Further, he is an active member of several professional organizations including
    Alzheimer’s Association, Endocrine Society, and Physician Assistant Education
    Association. He enjoys teaching as well as doing research for his academic career. In his
    free time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and playing tennis.
  • Research Overview

  • Dr. Li started his research career in 1997 after he received his medical degree. As a
    graduate student, he had his formal research training in electrophysiology for
    investigating inhibitory components of the neuronal circuit underlying the Startle Reflex
    in fish. In 2002, he investigated the cardio-protective effects of phytoestrogen resveratrol
    with an estrogen receptor free cell model: HeLa cell line. In 2009, he successful applied
    the National Genomics Research Initiative grant sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical
    Institute as a Principal Investigator (PI). This grant provided an opportunity for him to
    work with undergraduates on individual projects on studying Phages in Genomics
    research. His current research focus is on Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Using the data from
    Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), type 2 diabetes mellitus, traumatic
    brain injuries, and obstructive sleep apnea are investigated for their effects on brain
    structure and function changes. Volume, cortical thickness, and gray matter density of
    regional brain areas are analyzed for examining structural changes of the brain. The
    functional changes are analyzed by using data from cognition performance tests and
    glucose metabolism measurements from different brain regions. In addition, biomarkers
    from either blood plasma or cerebrospinal fluid are analyzed to examine their changes
    during a longitudinal follow-up. Last but not least, he has been supervising physician
    assistant (PA) students on their research projects since 2013.
  • Teaching Overview

  • Dr. Wei Li has accumulated a lot of teaching experience through working in the roles of a
    teaching assistant, assistant professor or associate professor. He has been teaching
    different subjects at the level of undergraduate or graduate students. The medical subjects
    include Anatomy, Physiology, Biology, Medical Terminology, Pathophysiology,
    Evidence Based Critical Inquiry Series, Introduction to Medical History and Physical
    Examination, Neurology, Endocrinology, Clinical Simulation, and Genomics Research.
    In addition, he is a certified instructor from American Heart Association for both Basic
    Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) trainings. In 2019, Dr.
    Li received the Gold Certificate from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at
    UAB. Moreover, he is interested in doing pedagogical research, diversifying Physician
    Assistant workforce and outcome assessments.
  • Teaching Activities

  • PA619 - Fundamentals Clinical Research (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PA698 - Presentation of Res Project (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • CDS550 - Intro Med History & PE (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PA603 - Pharmacology I (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PA602 - Medical Physiology (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • BHS610 - Clin Application & Simulation (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • CDS450 - Intro to Med History and PE (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • CDS550 - Intro Med History & PE (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • CDS450 - Intro to Med History and PE (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PA602 - Medical Physiology (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PA620 - Analysis of Prof Lit (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PA619 - Fundamentals Clinical Research (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • CDS450 - Intro to Med History and PE (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • CDS550 - Intro Med History & PE (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PA611 - History and Phys Ed I (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • CDS450 - Intro to Med History and PE (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • HRP411 - Honors Community Service Proj (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA601 - Human Gross Anatomy (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA602 - Medical Physiology (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA605 - Pathology (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA607 - Clinical Medicine II (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA609 - Surgical Disease II (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA610 - Clinical Lab Medicine (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA615 - Intro to the Profession (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA617 - Applied Behavioral Medicine (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA620 - Analysis of Prof Lit (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA629 - Clinical Service IX (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA630 - Clinical Service X (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA631 - Clinical Service XI (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA632 - Clinical Services XII (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA634 - Simulated Clinical Concepts (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA635 - Special Populations in Med (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA637 - Speical Topics in PA (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PA641 - Senior Seminar (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Cell / Cellular and Molecular Biology, Southern Illinois University/Carbondale 2006
  • Full Name

  • Wei Li