Yanli Ding, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Yanli Ding

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-273-4185

Mailing Address:
MMC 76 Mayo
420 Delaware
Minneapolis, MN 55455

MD, Norman Bethune University of Medical Sciences, China, 1999

Residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University, Boston, 2016

Residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Department of Pathology, the State University of New York at Buffalo, 2013

Fellowship in Renal Pathology, Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, 2017

Research Postdoctoral Fellow, Renal Division, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard, University, Boston, 2012

PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2009


Dr. Ding's research interests are in the development of organoid-based models for the study of neuroendocrine tumors and targeted drug therapies for metastatic renal cell carcinomas.


Renal histology and pathology

Neuroendocrine cancer

Awards & Recognition

2016 Robert Foley Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University, Boston, MA 

2014-2015 Mallory Resident Research Fund, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University, Boston, MA

1999 The Outstanding Graduate Award, Norman Bethune University of Medical Sciences, Changchun, Jilin Province, China

Professional Associations

American Society of Nephrology

Renal Pathology Society

United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology College of American Pathologists

American Society for Clinical PathologySociety for General Physiologist



Lee HJ, Donati A, Feliers D, Sun Y, Ding Y, Madesh M, Salmon AB, Ikeno Y, Ross C, O'Connor CL, Ju W. Chloride channel accessory 1 integrates chloride channel activity and mTORC1 in aging‐related kidney injury. Aging Cell. 2021 Jun 12:e13407.

Agarwal AN, Shieh WJ, Goldsmith CS, Qvarnstrom Y, Ding Y, Dallas SD, Mais DD. The brief case: Disseminated microsporidiosis with intestinal cryptosporidium coinfection in a patient with Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Castleman Disease presenting with acute kidney injury. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 2021 May 19;59(6):e02335-20.

Armaiz-Pena, G., Flores, S. K., Cheng, Z.M. ... Ding, Y, Dahia, P. Genotype-phenotype features of germline variants of the TMEM127 pheochromocytoma susceptibility gene: A 10-Year Update. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 2021 Jan;106(1):e350-64.

Kincaide E, Hitchman K, Hall R, Yamaguchi I, Ding Y, Crowther B. Impact of active antibody‐ mediated rejection treatment on donor‐specific antibodies in pediatric kidney transplant recipients. Pediatric Transplantation. 2019 Dec;23(8):e13590.


Board Certifications

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology