University of Pennsylvania
Kristina Li is a 2nd year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on identifying new druggable targets in the context of metabolic disease. Her vision is to utilize multi-omic tools to better understand altered lipid and insulin signaling with the ultimate goal of translating discoveries to the clinic. Kristina received her bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University where she studied biomedical engineering and applied mathematics. While there, she worked in a computational cardiology lab, building personalized 3D models of cardiac electrophysiology. She also co-founded a digital pathology start-up building a software platform to help pathologists streamline cancer diagnosis. After graduating Hopkins, she then worked as a technology consultant on the Healthcare.gov project, helping to safely and securely launch the site’s annual Open Enrollment for millions of Americans. Prior to her PhD, she received a master’s degree from Boston University in Biomedical Science. In her free time, Kristina enjoys fishing and exploring new cuisines.