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Li Li

Li Li

Jo Ellen Levy Yates Professor
Deparmtent of Kinesiology
Director, Biomechanics Laboratory

What was your previous position and where?

Before came to LSU, I was a doctoral student at University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

What brought you to LSU?

Among the three jobs I interviewed for during a two-week period, LSU Kinesiology provided me with the most friendly environment, most encouraging career development potential and the local cuisine is not bad either.

What is your research interest?

I study the reasons that enable people to stand and walk and the mechanisms that impair people's capacity to stand and walk. In the last five years, we have been focusing on the effect of peripheral neuropathy on movement capacity and quality of life. Peripheral neuropathy is a degenerative nerve disease affecting approxiamtely 20 million Americans. The scope of the study has expanded from exploratory to intervention, from the single topic of biomechanics to a multidisciplinary one that involves motor control, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, bioengineering and pharmacology during the last five years. More about our research can be found at

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

With the support of the university and the community, I am working with my colleagues and students and trying to move LSU to the next level through discovery, learning and engagement.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

My very collegial fellow faculty members and the beautiful campus.

What are your major accomplishments?

Through our research, we are able to improve the quality of life of our research participants. I am so excited every time I see our research participants able to enjoy life more as a result of our work.


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