Ming Li

Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery Department


Dr. Ming Li earned his BS in Biological Science from Henan Normal University in China, his MS in Neurotoxicology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, and his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Hong Kong. He did postdoctoral training with Webster Cavenee, PhD; and Frank Furnari, PhD, at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research of the University of California San Diego.

Most recently, Dr. Li was an Associate Professor and PI at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University in China, where he was the Director of the Laboratory of Brain Tumor Biology. Prior to that, he taught in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.


  • Fellowship, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of California San Diego
  • PhD in Molecular Biology, University of Hong Kong
  • MS in Neurotoxicology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • BS in Biology Science, Department of Biology, Henan Normal University, China

Research Summary

As a member of the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, Dr. Li’s research team focuses on the immune microenvironment’s role in the initiation, progression, and therapeutic resistance of glioblastoma, the most common and lethal brain tumor. Their long-term goal is to develop novel therapies for this brain cancer.

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Moos 2-164

Minneapolis, MN 55455-0357