Imperial College London

Dr. Jia Li

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Reader in Biological Chemistry



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10.N2ACommonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus






I graduated from Chemistry Department, Nankai University, China in 2005, and obtained a PhD in biochemistry from the University of London in 2009. Since I was awarded an Imperial College Research Fellowship in 2010, I have established my independent research in host-microbial interactions post weight loss surgery. I am an MRC New Investigator and an ERC Starting Grant holder.

I am also a Deputy Director of Imperial International Phenome Training Centre (IIPTC) and run several short courses. I am a course leader for the MRes stream in Microbiome in Health and Disease (MHD) and a module leader for MHD module in BSc Medical Biosciences.

Honours and Awards

Elsie Widdowson Fellowship (2017); “40 World Young Scientists” at the World Summer Davos Conference (2015); Wang-Kuan-Cheng Research Fellowship (2012); Bioanalysis Young Investigator Award (2011, runner up); Imperial College Research Fellowship (2010-2013); Imperial College Deputy Rector’s Award (2005-2008); PhD scholarship from Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (2005-2009); Tianjin City Science and Technology Award (2004); Nankai University Scholarship (2002-2004).

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Seyfried F, Li JV, Miras AD, et al., 2013, Urinary Phenotyping Indicates Weight Loss-Independent Metabolic Effects of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in Mice, Journal of Proteome Research, Vol:12, ISSN:1535-3893, Pages:1245-1253

Seyfried F, Li JV, Miras AD, et al., 2013, Urinary phenotyping indicates weight loss independent metabolic effects of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in mice, Journal of Proteome Research

Holmes E, Li JV, Marchesi JR, et al., 2012, Gut Microbiota Composition and Activity in Relation to Host Metabolic Phenotype and Disease Risk, Cell Metabolism, Vol:16, ISSN:1550-4131, Pages:559-564

Li JV, Ashrafian H, Bueter M, et al., 2012, Metabolic surgery profoundly influences gut microbial-host metabolic cross-talk, Gut, Vol:60, Pages:1214-1223

LI JV, Reshat R, Wu Q, et al., 2011, Experimental bariatric surgery in rats generates a cytotoxic chemical environment in the gut contents, Frontiers in Microbiology, Vol:2, Pages:1-9

Holmes E, Li JV, Athanasiou T, et al., 2011, Understanding the role of gut microbiome-host metabolic signal disruption in health and disease, Trends in Microbiology, Vol:19, ISSN:0966-842X, Pages:349-359

Yap IKS, Li JV, Saric J, et al., 2008, Metabonomic and microbiological analysis of the dynamic effect of vancomycin-induced gut microbiota modification in the mouse, Journal of Proteome Research, Vol:7, Pages:3718-3728

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