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Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Faculty Profile

  • Wei Vivian Li, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

  • Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

  • CV


Statistical genomics; RNA Sequencing; Single-cell genomics; Comparative transcriptomics; Comparative epigomics; Binary classification

Dr. Li is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She received her Ph.D. degree in Statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to joining UCLA, Dr. Li received her B.S. in Statistics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

Research Highlights

Dr. Li is interested in developing interpretable and tractable statistical methods for making biological and biomedical discoveries. Her broad research interests are statistical questions arising from large-scale biological data, with a focus on statistical genomics. As technology breakthroughs enable genomic research at a single-cell resolution in addition to the traditional bulk tissue studies, Dr. Li aims to tackle statistical challenges in the burgeoning single-cell field, as well as developing powerful statistical methods to improve the accuracy of analyzing bulk tissue genomic data. In addition, Dr. Li is also interested in general statistical methodologies with wide applications, such as the asymmetric binary classification methods.

Select Publications
Li, W., Li, J. (2018) "An accurate and robust imputation method scImpute for single-cell RNA-seq data.", Nature communications Vol. 9

Statistician Award - UCLA (2019) - The Most Outstanding Statistician Award

Fellowship Award - UCLA (2018) - Dissertation Year Fellowship - UCLA

Most Promising Computational Statistician Award - UCLA (2015) - Wei Vivian Li won the Most Promising Computational Statistician Award at the UCLA Department of Statistics Commencement 2015.

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