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Sufang Li, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow |

In 2012, she received her Ph.D. in the State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neurosciences and Learning in Beijing Normal University of China. Her main work during the Ph.D. program was to combine resting state fMRI and task state fMRI to explore the gene effect in healthy controls and depression patients. She joined the Neuroimaging Research Branch at NIDA in August 2012 as a post-doctoral visiting fellow under Dr. Yihong Yang.

Research Interests:

The general goal of her research is to explore the gene effects on drug abuse’s brain mechanisms using multi-modality MRI techniques including resting-state fMRI and perfusion MRI. One recent project is trying to combine whole-genome analysis and functional MRI to identify the genetic mechanism of drug addiction.


  • Sufang Li, Qihong Zou, Jun Li, Jin Li, Deyi Wang, Chaogan Yan, Qi Dong, Yufeng Zang. 5-HTTLPR Polymorphism Impacts Task-Evoked and Resting-State Activities of the Amygdala in Han Chinese. PLoS One, 2012; 7(5): e36513.
  • Ping Li, Sufang Li, Zhangye Dong, Jia Luo, Haiying Han, Hongfang Xiong, Zhihua Guo, Zhanjiang Li. Altered resting state functional connectivity patterns of the anterior prefrontal cortex in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Neuroreport, 2012; 23(11): 681-6.
  • Chunhong Liu, Feng Li, Sufang Li, Yongjun Wang, Changle Tie, Haiyan Wu, Zhen Zhou, Dan Zhang, Jie Dong, Zhi Yang, Chuanyue Wang. Abnormal baseline brain activity in bipolar depression: A resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 2012, 203(2-3): 175-9.
  • Chunhong Liu, Xin Ma, Feng Li, Yongjun Wang, Changle Tie, Sufang Li, Taolin Chen, Tingting Fan, Yu Zhang, Jie Dong, Li Yao, Xia Wu, Chuanyue Wang. Regional homogeneity whthin the default mode network in bipolar depression: A resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging study. PLoS One, 2012; 7(11): e48181.
  • Deyi Wang, Xiujie Han, Sufang Li, Dongqiang Liu, Chaogan Yan, Xinian Zuo, Chaozhe Zhu, Yong He, Vesa Kiviniemi, Yufeng Zang. Effects of apolipoprotein E genotype on the off-line memory consolidation. PLoS One: In press.
  • Deyi Wang, Dongqiang Liu, Sufang Li, Yufeng Zang. Increased local synchronization of resting-state fMRI signal after episodic memory encoding reflects off-line memory consolidation. Neuroreport, 2012; 23(15): 873-8.
  • Xiaowei Song, Zhangye Dong, Xiangyu Long, Sufang Li, Xinian Zuo, Chaozhe Zhu, Yong He, Chaogan Yan, Yufeng Zang. REST: A Toolkit for Resting-State Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Data Processing. PLoS ONE, 2011, 6(9).
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