Emmy Li

Emmy Li, Kampmann Lab

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Graduate student, Biomedical Sciences Program


  • Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Sciences program, University of California, San Francisco.
  • B.A. in Neuroscience, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Research Experience:

  • Greenberg Lab, Neurobiology Department, Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA) - studied the mechanism by which the Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) regulates transcription.
  • Beltz Lab, Neuroscience Program, Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA) - Investigated the source of neuronal precursors in the crayfish, Procambarus clarkii.

Publications (by legal name):

  • Benton, J. L., Kery, R., Li, J., Noonin, C., Soderhall, I., & Beltz, B. S. (2014). Cells from the immune system generate adult-born neurons in crayfish. Dev Cell, 30(3), 322-333. doi:0.1016/j.devcel.2014.06.016
  • Beltz, B. S., Cockey, E. L., Li, J., Platto, J. F., Ramos, K. A., & Benton, J. L. (2015). Adult neural stem cells: Long-term self-renewal, replenishment by the immune system, or both? Bioessays. 2015 May;37(5):495-501. doi: 10.1002/bies.201400198.

Honors and Awards:

  • Hubel Thesis Writing Prize, Neuroscience Program, Wellesley College (2015)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Wellesley College (2015)

Research Interests:

The APOE-e4 allele of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene is the major known genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer's disease. However, the relationship between APOE4 expression and neurodegenerative disease is still unclear. My research interest lies in taking a functional genomics approach to investigate the association between APOE4 and neurodegeneration in iPSC derived neuronal and glial cells.

Other Interests:

Kayaking, exploring museums & aquariums, traveling