Changwei Li

Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Epidemiology & Biostatistics


PhD, Epidemiology, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 2015

MPH, Global Health, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, 2011

MD, Preventive Medicine, Peking University Health Science Center, 2007

Areas of Expertise

Research: gene-environment interactions, GWAS, cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease


Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Annual Council on Hypertension Travel Award, AHA Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2016

Dorothy R. LeBlanc Scholarship Award, Tulane University 2015

The Dean’s Scholastic Award, Tulane University 2015

First Prize of the Delta Omega Eta Chapter Poster Contest, Tulane University, 2015

Delta Omega, Tulane University 2015

Dean’s Research Council Scholarship, Tulane University 2011-2013

Excellent Medic, Beijing Shijitan Hospital, Beijing, China 2006

Excellent Medical Student, Peking University, Beijing, China 2003, 2004, 2006

National Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Beijing, China 2006

Renhe Scholarship, Renhe Hospital and Peking University, Beijing, China 2003-2005

Merit Student for Academic Excellence, Peking University, Beijing, China 2004

Outstanding Youth, Peking University, Beijing, China, 2004


American Heart Association

American Association of Human Genetics

Association of Acupuncture of Louisiana

Course Instruction

Intermediate Epidemiology Methods II (EPID 7020)

Case-Control Study Designs (EPID 8020)

Dr. Li teaches two graduate level classes. He tries to make my lectures clear and easy to follow. He emphasizes on the understanding of epidemiology concepts and methods and the application of the methods to real practice.

Research Interests

Dr. Li’s research focuses on delineating novel pathophysiological pathways underlying cardiovascular disease through multi-omic studies. He has done extensive gene-environmental interaction research in hypertension, stroke, and diabetes by integrating data on GWAS, next generation sequencing, microbiome, and metabolomics.

His specific interests include gene environment interactions, GWAS, sequencing, metabolomics, microbiome, gene expression, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.

Selected Publications

Josh B, Li C, Kelly TN, Bu X, Stuchlik P, He H, Mills K, Chen J, He J. Treated Blood Pressure and Risk of Cardiovascular Events: A Network Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. JAMA Cardiology 2017.

Wang Z, Li C, Ma J, Zou ZY. Fetal and infant exposure to severe Chinese famine increases the risk of adult dyslipidemia: Results from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study. BMC Public Health 2017; 17 (1): 488.

Kelly TN, Li C, Hixson JE, Gu D, Rao DC, Huang JF, Rice TK, Chen J, Cao J, Li J, Anderson CE, He J. Resequencing Study Identifies Rare Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System Variants Associated with Blood Pressure Salt-Sensitivity: The GenSalt Study. Am J of Hypertension 2017; 30(5): 495-501.

Li C, Kim YK, Dorajoo R, Li H, Lee IT, Cheng CY, He M, Sheu WH, Guo X, Ganesh SK, He J, Lee J, Liu J, Hu Y, Rao DC, Tsai FJ, Koh Jy, Hu H, Liang KW, Palmas W, Hixson JE, Han S, Teo YY, Wang Y, Chen J, Lu CH, Zheng Y, Gui L, Lee WJ, Yao J, Gu DF, Han BG, Sim X, Sun L, Zhao J, Chen CH, Kumari N, He Y, Taylor KD, Raffel LJ, Moon S, Chakravarti A, Rotter JI, Chen YI, Wu T, Wong TY, Wu JY, Lin X, Tai ES, Kim BJ, Kelly TN. Genome-wide Association Studies Meta-Analysis of Long Term Average Blood Pressure Among Asian Populations. Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics 2017; 10(2): e001527.

Li C, He J, Chen J, Zhao J, Gu DF, Hixson JE, Rao DC, Shimmin LC, Gu CC, Chen J, Li J, Kelly TN. Genome-Wide Gene-Sodium Interaction Analyses on Blood Pressure: The Genetic Epidemiology Network of Salt-Sensitivity Study. Hypertension 2016; 68(2): 346-55.

Chen C, Ge S, Li S, Wu L, Liu T, Li C*. The Effect of Calcium Supplements on Blood Lipids: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 2016;

Liu T, Li X, Zou ZY, Li C*. The prevalence and determinants of using traditional Chinese Medicine among middle-aged and older Chinese adults: Results from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2015; 16(11): 1002. E1-5.

Yuan X, Liu T, Wu L, Zou Z, Li C*. Validity of self-reported diabetes among middle-aged and older Chinese population: The China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study. BMJ open 2015. 5(4): e006633.

Li C, Bazzano LA, Rao DC, Hixson JE, He J, Gu D, Gu CC, Shimmin LC, Jaquish CE, Schwander K, Liu DP, Huang J, Lu F, Cao J, Chong S, Lu X, Kelly TN. Genome-wide linkage and positional association study of blood lipids: the GenSalt study. J Genet Genom 2015; 42(3).

Li C, Chen W, Jiang F, Srinivasan S, Berenson G, Mei H. Genetic association and gene-smoking interaction study of carotid intima-media thickness at five GWAS-indicated genes: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Gene 2015; 562(2):226-231.

Li C, Liu T, Sun W, Wu L, Zou ZY. (2014) Prevalence and risk factors of arthritis in middle-aged and older Chinese population: The China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study. Rheumatology (Oxford) 2015; 54(4): 697-706.

Li C, Yang X, He J, Hixson JE, Gu D, et al. A Gene-Based Analysis of Variants in the Serum/Glucocorticoid Regulated Kinase (SGK) Genes with Blood Pressure Responses to Sodium Intake: The GenSalt Study. PLoS ONE 2014; 9(5): e98432.