Yong Li, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
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Recruitment of Established Investigators
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
May 15, 2019
While it is widely known that inherited or acquired genetic mutations can cause cancer, the link between mutations and cancer is not always well understood. This is particularly true for the over a thousand newly discovered mutations in non-coding regions of the human genome.
A researcher recruited to Baylor College of Medicine is now studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms that link environmental toxins and inherited mutations to the development of cancer. Yong Li was recruited in 2019 from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, where he was professor of medicine. He was awarded an Established Investigator Award from CPRIT.
Li focuses on unsolved questions in cancer etiology, or origin. For example, glyphosate, know by its brand name RoundUp®, is one of the most widely used herbicides, and Texas is one of the top eight states for glyphosate use. There is some evidence from epidemiological studies that glyphosate exposure is linked to certain cancers, but Li is looking for the mechanism by which that happens.