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Guangfu Li, Ph.D.

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Academic Office Location:
Surgery - Administration
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-2100

Dr. Li’s Lab focuses on cancer and inflammatory disease in the liver, pancreas, and lung. Using human biopsies and different animal models that faithfully reflect typical features of human diseases, Dr. Li aims to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying these diseases and their resistance to different treatments. The findings are leveraged to develop effective cellular and molecularly targeted therapy and immunotherapy as well as diagnosis toward translation into clinical application.

Ph.D.Nanjing Medical UniversityPathogen Biology and Immunology

Post-Graduate Training
PostdoctoralPennsylvania State University College of MedicinePostdoctoral Associate, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Neural and Behavioral Sciences

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
MembershipSigma XI, The Scientific Research Honor Society
The 2021 Dorsett L. Spurgeon MD Distinguished Medical Research AwardSchool of Medicine, University of Missouri
Tom Miltenberger Faculty Scholar in Cancer ResearchSchool of Medicine, University of Missouri

•  Developing novel immunotherapies for liver cancer and pancreatic cancer
•  Developing novel molecularly targeted therapies for liver cancer and pancreatic cancer
•  Dissecting the ecosystem of liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and evolutionary pathogenesis of these diseases

Accepting Lab Rotation Students now

Journal Articles


Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
The intestinal microbiome as an approach to liver wellnessTalkDigestive Disease Week (DDW), American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD)2024Washington, DC
Immune-based combination therapy for hepatocellular cancerTalkEFCC (Ellis Fischel Cancer Center) Retreat2023Innsbrook, MO
Liver Cancer ImmunotherapyTalkUniversity of Missouri School of Medicine Research Day2021University of Missouri