Wentao Li

Environmental Health Science
Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Website

Environmental Health Science

  • PhD, Biomedical and Veterinary Medical Sciences, Louisiana State University,2014
  • MS, Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Shanxi Agricultural University, 2006
  • BS, Veterinary Medicine, Shandong Agricultural University, 2003
Areas of Expertise
  • Molecular toxicology
  • DNA damage and repair
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • 2019 NIH/NIEHS K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award
  • 2018 UNC Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence
  • 2018 EMGS New Investigator Travel Award
  • 2014 Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day Award
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS)
Research Interests

Dr. Li’s lab aims at elucidating the role of DNA damage and repair in mutagenesis and carcinogenesis caused by environmental carcinogens.

Selected Publications

Li, W.*, Sancar, A.* (2020) Methodologies for detecting environmentally induced DNA damage and repair. Environ Mol Mutagen, doi: 10.1002/em.22365.

Li, W.#, Liu, W.#, Kakoki, A., Wang, R., Adebali, O., Jiang, Y. and Sancar, A. (2019) Nucleotide excision repair capacity increases during differentiation of human embryonic carcinoma cells into neurons and muscle cells. J Biol Chem, 294, 5914-5922.

Hu, J.#, Li, W.# *, Adebali, O., Yang, Y., Oztas, O., Selby, C.P. and Sancar, A.* (2019) Genome-wide mapping of nucleotide excision repair with XR-seq. Nature protocols, 14, 248-282.

Li, W., Adebali, O., Yang, Y., Selby, C.P. and Sancar, A.* (2018) Single-nucleotide resolution dynamic repair maps of UV damage in Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 115, E3408-E3415.

Li, W., Hu, J., Adebali, O., Adar, S., Yang, Y., Chiou, Y.Y. and Sancar, A.* (2017) Human genome-wide repair map of DNA damage caused by the cigarette smoke carcinogen benzo[a]pyrene. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 114, 6752-6757.

Li, W., Selvam, K., Rahman, S.A. and Li, S.* (2016) Sen1, the yeast homolog of human senataxin, plays a more direct role than Rad26 in transcription coupled DNA repair. Nucleic Acids Res, 44, 6794-6802.

Li, W., Selvam, K., Ko, T. and Li, S.* (2014) Transcription bypass of DNA lesions enhances cell survival but attenuates transcription coupled DNA repair. Nucleic Acids Res, 42, 13242-13253.

Li, W., Giles, C. and Li, S.* (2014) Insights into how Spt5 functions in transcription elongation and repressing transcription coupled DNA repair. Nucleic Acids Res, 42, 7069-7083.