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Our laboratory is interested in developing innovative approaches to regenerate or repair an injured heart. Our goal is to understand the molecular basis of cardiomyocyte specification and maturation and apply this knowledge to improve efficiency and clinical applicability of cellular reprogramming in heart disease. To achieve these goals, we utilize in vivo modeling of cardiac disease in the mouse, including myocardial infarction (MI), cardiac hypertrophy, chronic heart failure and congenital heart disease (CHD). In addition, we take advantage of traditional mouse genetics, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry and newly developed reprogramming technologies (iPSC and iCM) to investigate the fundamental events underlying the progression of various cardiovascular diseases as well as to discover the basic mechanisms of cell reprogramming.

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2018–present: Associate Professor

2012–2018: Assistant Professor

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
McAllister Heart Institute
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
– Ellison New Scholar in Aging

2007–2012: Postdoctoral Fellow

Gladstone Institute for Cardiovascular Disease
University of California, San Francisco
– Roddenberry Stem Cell Biology and Medicine Scholar
– California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Scholar

2001–2006: Graduate/Ph.D. Student

Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2003–2006: Visiting Graduate Student

Development and Aging Program
Sanford-Burnham Institute, La Jolla
University of California, San Diego

1997–2001: Undergraduate Student

Life Science School
Fudan University, Shanghai, China
– Chun-Tsung Scholar


2016–2020 Jefferson Pilot Award in Academic Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill
2017 Outstanding Mentor Award, UNC-Chapel Hill
2016–2018 McAllister Young Investigator Award, Medical Foundation of North Carolina
2016 Named “Hometown Hero”, WCHL (affiliate of CBS)/
2016 Boyalife, Science and STM Award in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, Science/AAAS
2016 URC 2016 Publication Award, UNC-Chapel Hill
2016 Keynote speaker, 7th Annual Translational Medicine Symposium, UNC-Chapel Hill
2016 Early Career Scientist Travel Award, The Company of Biologists
2014 5th Annual NPAW, Featured Postdoc Alumna, Gladstone Institute, UCSF
2014 MHI/Cardiology 20K Award for Cardiovascular Research, UNC-Chapel Hill
2014 Junior Faculty Development Award, UNC-Chapel Hill
2013–2017 Ellison New Scholar in Aging, The Ellison Medical Foundation
2013–2017 Scientist Development Grant (National), American Heart Association (AHA)
2013 Featured “Woman in Cardiovascular Health Care”, UNC Social Media
2012 Top 10 Advances in Heart Disease and Stroke Research (ranked #2), AHA
2012 Award for Excellence in Science, Gladstone Institute, UCSF
2011 Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science Research Prize for Young Investigator, AHA
2011–2012 Roddenberry Fellowship, Roddenberry Foundation
2011 Above and Beyond Award, Gladstone Institute, UCSF
2011 Travel Award for 2011 International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Annual Meeting
2011 Travel Award for 2011 Weinstein Cardiovascular Conference, Weinstein Committee
2011 Award for Exemplary Leadership, Gladstone Institute, UCSF
2010–2011 Lynda and Stewart Resnick Fellowship, Lynda and Stewart Resnick Foundation
2010 Above and Beyond Award, Gladstone Institute, UCSF
2009–2012 California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Scholarship
2003–2006 American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate Pre-doctor Fellowship
2005 Graduate Student in Science Focus, The Buzz Newsletter, Burnham Institute
2005 Top 10 research articles (ranked #4) in Current Biology, CellPress
2003 Horace H. Rackham School Pre-candidate Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2002 Horace H. Rackham School Travel Grant, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1999–2001 Chun-Tsung Scholarship (National), Chu Tsung Endowment
1999 Inchcape HKU China Scholarship, Hong Kong University-Fudan University
1999 SUMI TOMO Corporation Scholarship (National), SUMI TOMO Corporation
1998 BaoSteel Corporation Educational Scholarship (National), BaoSteel Corporation
1997–2001 People Scholarship, Fudan University


List of publications from PubMed

Li Qian