Lili Tang

Environmental Health Science
Associate Professor

Environmental Health Science

  • PhD, Toxicology, School of Public Health, Fudan University ,2001
  • MS, Food Science & Technology, Jiangnan University, 1997
  • Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Southeast University, 1987
Areas of Expertise

• Microbiome and Biotransformation of Xenobiotics
• Molecular Biomarkers and Epidemiology
• Food Toxicology
• Cancer Prevention

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

• Cancer Prevention Research Fellowship Award, Awarded by the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation and American Society of Preventive Oncology, USA, 2004
• National Scientific Achievement Award (Level II, #205), Awarded by Ministry of Education, PRC ,2003


• American Association for Cancer Research
• American Society of Preventive Oncology
• Society of Toxicology
• American Society of Nutrition
• The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Course Instruction

• EHSC 4490 Environmental Toxicology
• EHSC 8020 Advanced Environmental Health Science
• EHSC 8030 EHS Departmental Seminar
• EHSC 8010 Risk Assessment
• EHSC 8250 Biomarkers

Research Interests

Dr. Tang’s lab has research focuses on using nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as a model organism for development of the high-throughput platform in combination with multi-omics, microbiomes and bioinformatics
• To better define the roles of Host-Microbe-Xenobiotic interactions in response to environmental contaminants/toxicants, especially focus on carcinogenesis and neurotoxicity;
• To develop potential microbial-based preventive or therapeutic agents;
• To elucidate the effects of environmental toxicants across the lifespan and generations;

Selected Publications

• Tang, B., Tong, P., Xue, KS, Williams, PL, Wang, JS and Tang, L (2019). High-throughput assessment of toxic effects of metal mixtures of cadmium(Cd), lead(Pb), and manganese(Mn) in nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Chemosphere 234: 232-241.
• Wangia, R. N., Githanga, D. P., Xue, K. S., Tang, L., Anzala, O. A., Wang, J.-S. (2019). Aflatoxin in household maize for human consumption in Kenya, East Africa, Food Addit Contam Part B Surveill, 1-7.
• Wangia, R. N., Githanga, D. P., Xue, K. S., Tang, L., Anzala, O. A., Wang, J.-S. (2019). Validation of Urinary Sphingolipid metabolites as Bopmarkers of Effect for Fumonisins Exposure in Kenya Children. Biomarkers, In press. 10.1080/1354750X.2019.1587510
• Zhou, J., Tang, L. and Wang, J.-S. (2019). Assessment of the adverse impacts of aflatoxin B1 on gut-microbiota dependent metabolism in F344 rats. Chemosphere 217: 618-628.
• Shen, CL., Smith, BJ., Cao, JJ., Song, X., Newhardt, MF, Corry KA, Tomison, MD, Tang, L., Wang, J.-S., Chyu, M.-C. (2018). Long-term supplementation of green tea polyphenols suppresses bone turnover and benefits bone health in ovariectomized rats: a dose-response study. Calcified Tissue International. 0489-y.
• Yang, Z., Xue, KS., Sun, X., Williams, P., Wang, J-S and Feng W-H, Xue K, Tang L (2018). Toxicogenomic responses to zearalenone in Caenorhabditis elegans reveal possible molecular mechanisms of reproductive toxicity. Food Chem Toxicol 122: 49-58.
• Zhou, J; Tang, L.; Wang, JC. and Wang, JS. (2018). Aflatoxin B1 Disrupts Gut-Microbial Metabolisms of Short-Chain Fatty Acids, Long-Chain Fatty Acids, and Bile Acids in Male F344 Rats. Toxicol Sci. 164,453-464.
• Zhou, J; Tang, L.; Shen, C.L. and Wang, JS. (2018). Green tea polyphenols modify gut-microbiota dependent metabolisms of energy, bile constituents and micronutrients in female Sprague-Dawley rats.” J Nutr Biochem. 61: 68-81.
• Xue, K.S., Qian, G.Q., Lin, S., Su, J., Tang, L., Geldervlom, W.C., Riley, R.T., Phillips, T.P., Wang, J.-S. (2018). Modulation of Pre-Neoplastic Biomarkers Induced by Sequential Aflatoxin B1 and Fumonisin B1 Exposure in F344 Rats Treated with UPSN Clay. Food and Chemical Toxicology. 114:316-324.
• Wang, J., Tang, L., Zhou, H., Zhou, J., Glenn, T. C., Shen, C. L. and Wang, J._S. (2018). Long-term treatment with green tea polyphenols modifies the gut microbiome of female sprague-dawley rats. J Nutr Biochem. 56: 55-64.
• Zhou, H., Tang, L., Xue, K.S., Qian, H., Sun, X., Williams, P.L., Wang, J.-S. (2018). Trans-/multi-generational Effects of Deoxynivalenol on Caenorhabditis elegans. Chemosphere. 201:41-49.
• Feng, W-H., Xue, K. S., Tang, L., Williams, P. L., Wang, J.-S. (2018). Aflatoxin B1-Induced Developmental and DNA Damage in Caenorhabditis elegans. Toxins, 9(1): 9; doi:10.3390/toxins9010009.