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Lexin ​Li, PhD

Professor, Biostatistics
Dr. Li is a statistician / biostatistician primarily working on statistical methodology for high-dimensional data analysis, and applications in neuroimaging, computational biology and biomedical research.
Phone: (510) 664-4584
Address: 2121 Berkeley Way #5330
Berkeley, CA 94720


Dr. Li received BE in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China, in 1998, and PhD in Statistics from the University of Minnesota in 2003. He then worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He joined the Department of Statistics, North Carolina State University, in 2005, as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2011. He was a visiting faculty at the Department of Statistics, Stanford University and Yahoo Research Labs from 2011 to 2013. He joined the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley, as an Associate Professor with tenure in 2014, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2018. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Applied Statistics for 2025–2027.

Research Interests

  • Neuroimaging data analysis: brain connectivity and network analysis, imaging causal inference, imaging genetics, longitudinal imaging analysis, multimodal analysis, tensor analysis
  • Deep brain stimulation, brain-computer-interface
  • Statistical machine learning, deep learning, reinforcement learning
  • Ordinary differential equations, point process, functional data analysis
  • Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson disease, diabetes, kidney exchange
  • Dimension reduction, variable selection, high dimensional inference


  • PhD – Statistics
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2003
  • MS – Statistics
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2002