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Min Li

min li, susan samueli center for integrative medicine, uc irvine school of medicineAssociate Project Scientist, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine

Ph.D., Sichuan University, China, 2005, Molecular genetics and gene engineering

Phone: 949.824.8161
Fax: 949.824.2200

University of California 
C240 Medical Sciences 1 
Mail Code: 4075 Irvine, CA 92697

Research Interests
Neuroscience, acupuncture, molecular biology

Academic Distinctions
Faculty Career Development Award, University of California, Irvine, July, 2009.

The research on the aspect of gene expression of the theory of “Kidney is the basis of the congenital character,” the third class award of Advanced Science and Technology, China association of Chinese medicine, Dec. 31, 2004.

The second class award of Advanced Science and Technology, Sichuan Province, Dec. 31, 2003.

The Excellent Young Teacher award, Sichuan University, Dec. 31, 2004.

The first-class award for Excellent Doctor Candidate, Sichuan University, Dec. 31, 2002.

1994-2007: Key Laboratory of Bio-resources and Eco-environment of Ministry of Education, Sichuan University, associate professor

2007-present: Assistant project scientist, Department of Medicine, University of California, Irvine.

Research Abstract
Hypertension is the greatest cause of death in middle-aged and elderly North Americans and current Western medical therapies are not fully effective in treating this condition. Acupuncture or electroacupuncture is increasingly accepted as a viable alternative therapy for hypertension in the United States. A distinguishing aspect of acupuncture is its ability to cause prolonged modulation of elevated blood pressure. I have been working on the molecular mechanism of acupuncture, especially the gene expression in the brain area involved in the long-lasting effects of acupuncture on hypertension.

Selected Publications
1. Li Min, Tjen-A-Looi S.C. and Longhurst C John. 2009. Electroacupuncture Enhances Preproenkephalin mRNA Expression in Rostral Ventrolateral Medulla of Rats. J. FASEB, 23:958.

2. Kang Jinmei, Li Xingjie, Li Min (corresponding author). 2008. Effect on Electroacupuncture-Related Genes of Metabolism etc in Mus musculus. Acta Academiae Medicinae Militaris. 30(11): 1099-1101.

3. Li Xingjie, Zhang Yizheng, Kang Jinmei, Yan Wenqi, Kang Yaoxia, Li Min (corresponding author). 2007. Isolation of genes involved in the preventive effect of electroacupuncture at Fenglong acupoint (ST40) on hypercholesterolemia mice by Suppression Subtractive Hybridization (SSH) combined with Negative Subtraction Chain (NSC) technology. Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research, 31(3-4): 233-246. 

4. Kang, Yaoxia., Li, Min, Yan, Wenqi, Li, Xingjie, Kang, Jinmei, Zhang, Yizheng. 2007. Electroacupuncture alters the expression of genes associated with lipid metabolism and immune reaction in liver of hypercholesterolemia mice. Biotechnol. Lett. 29(12):1817-1824.

5. Li Min, Zhang Yizheng. 2007. Modulation of gene expression in the cholesterol lowering effects by electroacupuncture at Fenglong acupoint (ST40): a cDNA microarray study. Int. J. Mol. Med. 19(4): 617-629.

6. Li Min, Zhang Yizheng. 2005. Gene microarray reveals the Chinese electroacupuncture's molecular mechanism of treating hypercholesterolemia. J. Sichuan University. (Nat. Sci. Edi.): 42.sup.113-116.

7. Li Min, Gang Wang, Wei Zhang, Yizheng Zhang. 2004. Effects of electroacupuncture of yongquan acupoint on the expression of p53 and bcl-2 in aging model rats. Chinese J. Clinical Rehabilitation. 8(9):1788-1789.

Professional Societies
Chinese Genetics Association, Member 
Chinese Cell Biology Association, Member

1. R01-HL63313; "CNS Autonomic Regulation by Electroacupuncture," (2000-2013), co-investigator.

2. Peterson Family Foundation, “Molecular Studies of Electroacupuncture’s central Neural Mechanism of Action on Blood Pressure,” (2008-2012), co-investigator.

3. Innovation Fund for Technology-Based Firms, Ministry of Science and Technology of People’s Republic of China, “The Farway leather-making enzyme,” (2002-2004), principal investigator.

4. High Technology Research and Development Project of China (863 Project), “The construction and application in the leather-making of basic proteinase gene engineering bacteria,” (2001-2009), co-investigator.

5. Key project of the National Natural Science Foundation of China “The genomic expression and mathematical analysis of Cold disease,” (2003-2005), co-investigator.

Research Center: Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine

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