#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Linzi Li

#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Linzi Li

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Meet Linzi Li! Linzi is a first-year doctoral student with interests in cardiovascular disease (CVD). She is specifically interested in improving risk prediction and prevention of atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease. In this feature, we learn more about Linzi, her current projects, and her experience as an international student. Read more below!



Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school.

I received my B.S. in Biological Sciences at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and two master’s degrees at Emory University, one in Health Policy and Management and the other in Epidemiology.


Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I am working with my advisor, Dr. Alvaro Alonso, on a few exciting projects. The first project investigates the association between atrial fibrillation and the severity of coronary artery disease in the Emory Cardiovascular Biobank. In another project in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study, we examine how serum magnesium is associated with the risk of major adverse cardiac events among atrial fibrillation patients.


When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?

Well-matched research interest with advisor and resources of CVD research ranked top on my decision-making list. I am also looking for a community that takes action on DEI.


What is your favorite part about earning your PhD at Emory? 

I enjoy working with the brilliant people here a lot! Emory is where I feel I make progress every day–from different aspects of work and life.

If you are an international student, how has your experience at Rollins been? How has the department supported your success?

As an international student, the most appreciated experience at Rollins was feeling supported in studying, career development, and life.


What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. I just became a corgi’s mom! Her name is Harley. (Yes, she is a low-chassis motorcycle!)
  2. I lost 10 pounds during the pandemic.
  3. I had been playing piano accompaniment in the school’s chorus from high school to college.



We enjoyed getting to know you, Linzi! Stay tuned every Monday for another feature of #WeAreEmoryEPI.

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