Yi-Fan Li, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • M.D., Chengde Medical College, Chengde, China
  • Ph.D., Physiology, Beijing Medical University, Beijing, China
  • M.S., Physiology, Anhui College of Chinese Medicine, Hefei, China


  • Associate Professor, Basic Biomedical Sciences
  • USD Sanford School of Medicine

Current Research:

Neurohumoral control of cardiovascular functions: (1) Interactions of neurotransmitters/modulators in central autonomic pathways and central mechanisms involved in altered autonomic functions in cardiovascular diseases including heart failure, diabetes. (2) Interactions of neurotransmitters/modulators within the hypothalamus in endocrine regulations and their roles in regulation of cardiovascular functions in physiological and pathophysiological conditions.

Neuroimmunoregulation: (1) Autonomic regulations of cytokine generation and release and their roles in cardiovascular diseases. (2) Central and peripheral actions of cytokines on neuro-endocrine functions and their roles in regulation of cardiovascular functions. Morphometry of normal and diseased hearts.