Xiao Li Defends Thesis
Monday, November 18, 2013
Xiao Li successfully passed his Ph.D. examination on Friday, November 15, 2013, in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. His thesis title was "The Molecular Mechanisms of PITX2 in Craniofacial Development and Dental Defects in Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome". Members of his thesis committee were chair, Brad Amendt from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology; Andrew Russo from Physiology, Galen Schneider from Prosthodontics and John Engelhardt and Hank Qi from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.
Dr. Li's research focused on transcriptional regulation during embryonic development to understand the complex nature of craniofacial organogenesis. Dr. Li received his B.S. from East China Normal University with a major in Biotechnology. He made a life-changing decision to move across the Pacific to begin studies at the Texas A&M University-Health Science Center in the Spring of 2009, under the guidance of Dr. Brad Amendt. In 2012, he moved with the Amendt Lab to the University of Iowa to continue his Ph.D. studies.
Following graduation, Dr. Li is perusing a postdoctoral training where he will focus on functional analysis of non-coding RNAs in stem cell differentiation and tumorogenesis.
Congratulations Dr. Li!