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Zhe Li

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Associate Geneticist, Medicine / Genetics, Brigham And Women's Hospital

Contact Info

Zhe Li
Brigham and Women's Hospital
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA, 02115
Mailstop: NRB 466B
Phone: 617-525-4740
Fax: 617-525-4705


Tracy Dunn
Administrative Assistant
Department of Medicine, Division of Genetics
Brigham And Women's Hospital
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA, 02115
Mailstop: Harvard New Research Building
Phone: 617-525-4743
Fax: 617-525-4705

DF/HCC Program Affiliation

Prostate Cancer
Breast Cancer

Research Abstract

Research in my laboratory focuses on developmental oncobiology of epithelial cancer. We are particularly interested in understanding how cancer stem cells evolve from normal target cells of cancer through accumulation of mutations and through interaction with microenvironments, as avenues for identifying pathways unique to them. We study this mainly through developing and analyzing novel mouse models of human cancer based on genetic events occurring in patients. Currently, we focus on modeling recurrent chromosomal abnormalities recently identified in increasing numbers of epithelial cancers (e.g., breast cancer, prostate cancer). The in vivo studies are complemented by cell culture based studies to decipher molecular mechanisms underlying tumor initiation and progression.


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