Biography & Research:
Dr. Shi-Jiang Li graduated from the Department of Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1970; completed his master’s program training at the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 1980; and received his PhD in biochemistry from the Ohio State University in 1985. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, in 1988. He joined the faculty of the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1988. He is currently Professor of Biophysics, Radiology, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. He published the first article to evaluate a resting-state fMRI index as a potential biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease (Li et al., Radiology 225, 253-259, 2002). From 2009 to 2016, he served as the Director of the Center for Imaging Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Since 1990, he has been continuously funded by the NIH and private foundation grants. He is a mentor and sponsor or co-sponsor of 21 current and former NIH career development awards trainees, postdoctoral fellows, and PhD students. In collaboration with his colleagues, his research focuses on the development of cutting-edge MRI technologies to study Alzheimer’s disease, drugs abuse, and human consciousness and translate the findings to clinical applications. He has published more than 110 articles, books, and chapters.