Research Scientist

Jun Li

Research Scientist



Dr. Jun Li is a research scientist in Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH). The main area of her research focuses on the identification of risk factors for prevention of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and cardiovascular disease (CVD), with particular interest and skills on high-dimensional omics research.

Dr. Li is currently leading several projects identifying genomic, metabolomic, dietary, and lifestyle risk factors for T2D and CVD in the Nurses' Health Studies (NHS), Health Professional Follow-up Study, PREDIMED study, Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, and the UK Biobank. Her research interests also extend to the new area of systems epidemiology and multi-omics integration. She is adopting new methodologies to integrate multi-omics data (including genetics, epigenetics, metabolomics, and gut microbiome) for the interpretation of disease etiology and identification of mechanisms through which diet/lifestyle factors impact cardiometabolic health.

MD, 06/2011, Preventive Medicine
Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

PhD, 06/2016, Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

The Bernard Lown Scholarship in Cardiovascular Health Program
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Best Young Investigators
The Lancet-CAMS Health Summit 2015

The Postdoc Association Travel Award
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The Jeremiah and Rose Stamler Research Award winner
American Heart Association

The Barry R. and Irene Tilenius Bloom Fellowship Award
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Scott Grundy Fellowship Award for Excellence in Metabolism Research
American Heart Association


The Mediterranean diet, plasma metabolome, and cardiovascular disease risk.

Li J, Guasch-Ferré M, Chung W, Ruiz-Canela M, Toledo E, Corella D, Bhupathiraju SN, Tobias DK, Tabung FK, Hu J, Zhao T, Turman C, Feng YA, Clish CB, Mucci L, Eliassen AH, Costenbader KH, Karlson EW, Wolpin BM, Ascherio A, Rimm EB, Manson JE, Qi L, Martínez-González MÁ, Salas-Salvadó J, Hu FB, Liang L.

Eur Heart J. 2020 07 21. 41(28):2645-2656. PMID: 32406924

Glycolysis/gluconeogenesis- and tricarboxylic acid cycle-related metabolites, Mediterranean diet, and type 2 diabetes.

Guasch-Ferré M, Santos JL, Martínez-González MA, Clish CB, Razquin C, Wang D, Liang L, Li J, Dennis C, Corella D, Muñoz-Bravo C, Romaguera D, Estruch R, Santos-Lozano JM, Castañer O, Alonso-Gómez A, Serra-Majem L, Ros E, Canudas S, Asensio EM, Fitó M, Pierce K, Martínez JA, Salas-Salvadó J, Toledo E, Hu FB, Ruiz-Canela M.

Am J Clin Nutr. 2020 04 01. 111(4):835-844. PMID: 32060497