Xian C. Li, MD PhD

Specialty: 
Transplant Immunology
Graduated From: 
Qingdao Medical School in China (MD), University of Western Ontario in Canada (PhD), Harvard-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston (Fellowship)
Current Position: 
Director, Immunobiology & Transplant Science Center and Vice Chair of Research, Department of Surgery, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Max and Lillie Frosch Centennial Chair in Transplant Research
Current Projects: 
My team studies the fundamental mechanisms of transplant tolerance as well as how inflammation and innate immunity trigger organ injury.
What made you decide to work in transplantation?: 
 A brief training in microsurgery and tissue replantation right after medical school got me interested in transplantation. While looking for places to refine my surgical skills, I was introduced to transplant immunology and fell in love with it ever since.
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work?: 
I find immense gratification in addressing pressing clinical needs through fundamental research in the lab and enjoy working with brilliant people in the field.  
How have you served AST?: 

I served as a member of the AST Basic Science Advisory Council twice, as Co-Chair and Chair of AST Grants executive committee, Co-Chair of ATC Executive Joint Planning Committee, and chaired the ATC 2018 in Seattle.

Fun Facts: 

I enjoy photography and love the power of pictures.