Qing Li, PhD

Graduate Research Assistant

Qing Li, PhD

Graduate Research Assistant
Qing Li

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University of Arizona

I knew that pursuing a PhD would be a life-changing experience that could never be taken away from me. My high school biology teacher got me into biology, and if I hadn’t gone for my PhD, I knew I would regret it. I chose Gerstner Sloan Kettering for this experience because of the diversity of the research offered, the famous faculty, and the unique location in the incredibly diverse New York City. My research interests are immunology, stem cells, genetics, CRISPR, and neuroscience. I have found that it is important to be proud of being a PhD student. Always leave yourself many options. Don’t just stick to an old idea. Things change every day. Learn how to adapt to the situation.


Li QV, Rosen BP, Huangfu D. (2019) Decoding pluripotency: Genetic screens to interrogate the acquisition, maintenance, and exit of pluripotency. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Syst Biol Med. e1464.

Lee K, Cho H, Rickert RW, Li QV, Pulecio J, Leslie CS, Huangfu D. (2019) FOXA2 Is Required for Enhancer Priming during Pancreatic Differentiation. Cell Rep. 28, 382-393. PMCID: PMC6636862.

Li QV, Dixon G, Verma N, Rosen BP, Gordillo M, Luo R, Xu C, Wang Q, Soh CL, Yang D, Crespo M, Shukla A, Xiang Q, Dündar F, Zumbo P, Witkin M, Koche R, Betel D, Chen S, Massagué J, Garippa R, Evans T, Beer MA, Huangfu D. (2019) Genome-scale screens identify JNK-JUN signaling as a barrier for pluripotency exit and endoderm differentiation. Nat Genet. 51, 999-1010.

Verma N, Pan H, Doré LC, Shukla A, Li QV, Pelham-Webb B, Teijeiro V, González F, Krivtsov A, Chang CJ, Papapetrou EP, He C, Elemento O, Huangfu D. (2018) TET proteins safeguard bivalent promoters from de novo methylation in human embryonic stem cells. Nat Genet, 50, 83-95. PMCID: PMC5742051 [Available on 2018-06-04]

Shi ZD, Lee K, Yang D, Amin S, Verma N, Li QV, Zhu Z, Soh CL, Kumar R, Evans T, Chen S, Huangfu D. (2017) Genome Editing in hPSCs Reveals GATA6 Haploinsufficiency and a Genetic Interaction with GATA4 in Human Pancreatic Development. Cell Stem Cell [Epub ahead of print]

Wang Q, Zou Y, Nowotschin S, Kim SY, Li QV, Soh CL, Su J, Zhang C, Shu W, Xi Q, Huangfu D, Hadjantonakis AK, Massagué J. (2017) The p53 Family Coordinates Wnt and Nodal Inputs in Mesendodermal Differentiation of Embryonic Stem Cells. Cell Stem Cell 20, 70-86. PMCID: PMC5218926 [Available on 2018-01-05]

Zhu Z, Li QV, Lee K, Rosen BP, González F, Soh CL, Huangfu D. (2016) Genome Editing of Lineage Determinants in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Reveals Mechanisms of Pancreatic Development and Diabetes. Cell Stem Cell 18, 755-68. PMCID: PMC4892994 [Available on 2017-06-02]

Mercado-Pimentel ME, Onyeagucha BC, Li Q, Pimentel AC, Jandova J, Nelson MA. (2015) The S100P/RAGE signaling pathway regulates expression of microRNA-21 in colon cancer cells. FEBS Lett., 589, 2388-93. PMCID: PMC4582666.

González, F., Zhu, Z., Shi, Z., Lelli, K., Verma, N., Li, Q., and Huangfu, D. (2014)  An iCRISPR Platform for Rapid, Multiplexable, and Inducible Genome Editing in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells.  Cell Stem Cell, 15, 1-12. PMID: 24931489.

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