Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Personnel Profile

Dr. Yi Li, Assistant Professor


Yi Li concentrated his undergraduate study in Cell and Developmental Biology at Wuhan University in China and majored in Molecular and Cellular Biology for his M.S. at York University in Toronto, where he identified and studied a novel calcium-regulated gene. With a background in Cell Biology and a strong interest in metabolic diseases, he joined the Human Nutrition program at Case Western Reserve University for his Ph.D. with his research focused on signaling and gene expression regulated by nutrients and Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) stress, which is induced by several nutritional factors at abnormal levels and is involved in development of obesity/type 2 diabetes.

Curriculum Vitae


B.S. in Cell and Developmental Biology, Wuhan University, 1995

M.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, York University, 2003

Ph.D. in Human Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University, 2009

Research Interests

Yi’s primary research interest is focused on addressing questions in obesity/type 2 diabetes using nutritional genomics approaches. Nutritional genomics is a new interdisciplinary research area with potentials to resolve questions in chronic diseases such as obesity/type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. He is also interested in cell signaling and gene expression regulated by nutritional factors.

Outreach and Community Service

Yi is collaborating with colleagues and working with students on research projects. He serves on editorial boards of two scientific journals and reviews manuscripts for a few of scientific journals.

Teaching Appointments

Issues in Food and Nutrition Science (HSCI 5350) – Graduate Level

Advanced Human Nutrition I (HSCI 4367) - Undergraduate Level

Advanced Human Nutrition II (HSCI 4368) - Undergraduate Level

Medical Nutrition Therapy II (HSCI 3363) - Undergraduate Level

Cultural and Community Aspects of Foods and Nutrition II (HSCI 4352) - Undergraduate Level

Contact Information

Department of Human Sciences
Human Science Building, Rm 131
MSC 168 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361.593.2204
fax: 361.593-2230
email: yi.li@tamuk.edu
Personal Website:

This page was last updated on: February 18, 2015