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Min Li Ph.D. Research Lab

Internal Medicine

Min Li, PhD

George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Medicine, Surgery, and Cell Biology
Virginia Kerley Cade Endowed Chair in Cancer Treatment
Assistant Dean for International Research Collaboration, College of Medicine
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Medicine
Associate Director for Global Oncology, Stephenson Cancer Center
Co-Leader, Cancer Biology Program, Stephenson Cancer Center
President, American Pancreatic Association (APA)
Editor-in-Chief, Cancer Letters

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research Center, BRC1262A
975 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104 USA


The major goal of my research is to study the pancreatic cancer (PC) pathogenesis and develop new therapies. Current projects include the role of zinc transporter ZIP4 in PC, the therapeutic potential for ZIP4 shRNA-based treatment, the function of microRNAs in ZIP4-mediated PC growth, signaling transduction and metabolism in PC, and cancer genomic sequencing. Our group is the first to identify a key zinc transporter ZIP4, which is aberrantly expressed in PC, and promotes cancer growth and metastasis. Our group has published more than 120 papers in the above mentioned research area. I have a track record of mentoring junior faculties, postdoctoral fellows, students, surgical fellows, residents, and visiting scholars nationally and internationally. We have obtained both federal (NIH R01s and R21s) and private foundation grants to support our research. I am a member of many NIH study sections, and other funding agencies, and I serve as Associate Editor, Editor-in-Chief, and editorial board member for many peer reviewed scientific journals.


  • 1994 BS, Shandong University, Jinan, China
  • 1994 - 1997 MS, Chinese Academy of Medical Science & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China
  • 1997 - 2002 PhD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Clinical/Research Interests:

  • GI Cancers (pancreastic cancer)
  • Brain Tumor
  • Molecular mechanism of pancreastic cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer cachexia and metabolism
  • microRNAs in pancreatic cancer
  • Cancer stem cell and cell reprogramming
  • Targeted cancer therapy
  • Non-coding RNAs in brain tumor

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