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Academic Biography

Dr Xinzhong Li obtained his BSc., MSc, and PhD—degrees from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. Before joining TEES in 2019, he worked at Plymouth University for six years and Imperial College London for 10 years.     

Summary of Research Interests

Dr Li's research interest lies in system biology and bioinformatics including machine learning and next-generation sequencing

Research Projects & External Funding

  1. 2023 - 2027, Europe COST Action Net4Brain (CA22103): A COMPREHENSIVE NETWORK AGAINST BRAIN CANCER. Teesside University is the Grant Holder Institute and Chairs the Action Network.
  2. 2023 - 2027, Europe Horison MSCA-DN TClock4AD: Targeting Circadian Clock Dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease (€3.9m). Coordinated by the University of Bologna to train 17 PhD students with double degrees. Two PhD students with €615k will be allocated to Teesside University. 
  3. 2022-2024, The Royal Society International Exchanges 2021: Circular RNA regulates gene expression in brain cancer. With Dr Gaetano Gargiulo at Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin. £12,000
  4. 2023 - 2024, Universities UK, UK-Israel mobility network. Collaborating with Professor Illana Gozea at Tel Viv University. 
  5. 2018-2021, H2020 MSCA-ITN-ETN AiPBAND: An Integrated Platform for Developing Brain Cancer Diagnostic Techniques. 4-year project with a whole budget of 3.68m Euro. PI and Scientific Coordinator. Project website:
  6. 2017-2020, H2020 MSCA-ITN BBDiag: Blood Biomarker-based Diagnostic Tools for Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease.  4-year project with a whole budget of 3.45m Euro. Co-investigator. Project website:
  7. 2017-2018, Breath-based non-invasive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease: A pilot study. One-year project with a whole budget of £52,120. PI. Project website: 

External Research Collaborations

Prof. James Scott, Imperial College London, UK

Prof. Xiong Zhang, Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, China

Prof Bingmiao Gao, Hainan Medical University, China


PhD and Research Opportunities

No funding available for PhD study


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