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Welcome to the Dongmei Li Lab

Genetic and epigenetic differential analyses: Current available statistical analyses methods for differential analyses in genetic and epigenetic studies usually give very different results even for the same data set. One of the focuses of Dr. Li's lab is to develop more robust methods for genetic and epigenetic differential analyses.

Secondary data analyses of national survey data: Large national survey data such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) national survey data are usually used to examine the association of risk behaviors such as tobacco product use and health symptoms or diseases. Dr. Li's lab apply advanced statistical methods to analyze national survey data to study associations of risk behaviors and health symptoms and diseases in public health.

Social media data analyses: Social media platforms such as Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Facebook etc. have been widely used for users to express their opinions and experiences. Dr. Li's lab applies natural language processing techniques and artificial intelligence to study the public perceptions and top topics of tobacco products and the impact of government regulations of tobacco products on users' perceptions. Similar studies were also investigated for the COVID-19 pandemic using social media data. Potential associations of tobacco product use and health symptoms and problems were also investigated using social media data.

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Dongmei Li, Ph.D.

Dongmei Li, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator




  • Exosomal epigenetic biomarkers associated with flavored electronic cigarette use in adults
  • WNY Center for Research on Flavored Tobacco Products, Core E: Biostatistics & Informatics Core
  • Predicting and Understanding the Use of Nicotine Products in a Rapidly Evolving Nicotine Marketplace: The International Nicotine Product, Policy, and Market (INPAM) Study" Emerging Products Core
  • TriState SenNET (Lung and Heart) Tissue Map and Atlas consortium
  • Artificial Intelligence for effective communication on health effects of electronic cigarettes through Instagram
  • Online Study of the IQOS Marketing, User Perceptions and Behavior
  • Online Study of the Impact of FDA Flavor Enforcement Policy on Tobacco Product Use Behaviors
  • Association of e-cigarette flavors with the progression of e-cigarette use and cessation of cigarette smoking
  • Sex Differences in the Association of E-cigarette and Cigarette Use and Dual Use with Self-reported Hypertension Incidence in US Adults
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