Yanzhen Li


I grew up on the east coast of China, and came to United States in 2008 to study stem cell biology. I earned my MS degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011, with the thesis titled tumor-like growth of embryonic stem cells. I joined Dr. Bursac's lab as a PhD student in January 2012. I will investigate the mechanism of heterocellular communications in cardiac tissues, and endeavor to generate functional skeletal muscle tissues in vitro. In my free time, I enjoy reading bible, watching movies, travelling and playing with my baby daughter mostly.

Contact Information:

  • Email Address: yanzhen.li@duke.edu

Research Interests:

I study how different cardiac fibroblast phenotypes affect the structure and function of engineered 3D tissues.