About Me

Dr. Ming-Chieh Li

  • https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ming-Chieh_Li
  • https://tw.linkedin.com/in/ming-chieh-li-55a09269
  • Email: mingchiehli@ntu.edu.tw

Education Background

  • Ph.D., National Taiwan University (Completed a certificate program of Biotechnology)
  • LL.M., National Chengchi University
  • BE.d., National Taiwan Normal University

Current Positions

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA (expected to start from middle of 2017 )
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes, TAIWAN
  • Director, Taiwan Yucheng Victims’ Support Association

About Me

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes, and I will work as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health from August 2017 (Supervisor: Professor Jorge Chavarro). I graduated from National Taiwan Normal University with a bachelor degree in health education. When I was pursuing a master’s degree at National Taiwan University, I decided to transfer to the direct Ph.D. program and earned my doctoral degree in environmental epidemiology (Supervisors: Professor Yue-Liang Leon Guo and Professor Pau-Chung Chen ) and also completed the certificate program in biotechnology in June 2015. During my Ph.D. studies, I advocated policy changes in regard to the health care for the victims in Yucheng who suffered from the accident happened in 1979 in Taiwan. More than 2,000 people were exposed to high concentration of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dibenzofurans (PCDFs). I realized the important role of public policy in shaping the public health care, and thus I decided to pursue a LL.M. degree in National Chengchi University, and I got my LL.M. degree (Supervisor: Professor Hung-En Liu) in July 2015. My master’s thesis focused on disclosure of conflict of interest (COI) of biomedical researchers.

I have experiences in conducting epidemiological study, field study, and performing statistical analysis. During my Ph.D. studies, I focused on the health effects after the exposure to PCBs and PCDFs. In 1979, there was an outbreak of severe acne, skin pigmentation, and conjunctivitis in central Taiwan. Most of the cases had consumed the same brand of cooking oil that was bought at the same store. The illness, and its relation to cooking oil consumption, resembled a form of PCBs and PCDFs poisoning (called “Yusho,” oil disease in Japanese) that had occurred in western Japan in 1968, and oil and blood samples sent to Tokyo for analysis had high concentrations of PCBs and PCDFs. Yucheng (“oil disease” in Chinese) thus became the second recorded disease outbreak due to rice bran cooking oil contaminated by PCBs/PCDFs during manufacture. Although about 2,000 persons registered with health agencies as being exposed after each episode, the exact number of victims was unknown. I followed the exposed persons and compared their cause-specific mortality with that of neighborhood referents 30 years after the accident. Furthermore, I collaborated with Japanese researchers conducting a meta-analysis of Yucheng and Yusho cohorts to re-evaluate the effects of PCBs and PCDFs on major causes of mortalities. PCBs have been suggested as neurotoxicants especially when exposed during prenatal and early postnatal periods, and known to cause neurological effects including auditory impairments. I therefore conducted a follow-up study to examine the association between gestational PCBs/PCDFs exposure and auditory function in Yucheng children’s early adulthood.


Refereed Papers (International)

  • Ming-Chieh Li, Chi-Hsien Chen, Yue Leon Guo. Phthalate esters and childhood asthma: A systematic review and congener-specific meta-analysis. Environmental Pollution 2017;229:655-660. PROSPERO registration number: CRD42016049017
  • Ping-Chi Hsu#, Ming-Chieh Li#, Yeu-Chin Lee, Pao-Lin Kuo, Yueliang Leon Guo*. Polychlorinated biphenyls and dibenzofurans increased abnormal sperm morphology without alterations in aneuploidy: The Yucheng study. Chemosphere 2016;165:294-297. (#co-first authors)
  • Ming-Chieh Li, Pau-Chung Chen, Pei-Chien Tsai, Masutaka Furue, Daisuke Onozuka, Akihito Hagihara, Hiroshi Uchi, Yoshimura Takesumi, Yue Leon Guo*. Mortality after exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls and polychlorinated dibenzofurans: a meta-analysis of two highly exposed cohorts. International Journal of Cancer 2015;137:1427-32
  • Ming-Chieh Li, Hung-Pin Wu, Chiu-Yueh Yang, Pau-Chung Chen, George H. Lambert, Yue Leon Guo*. Gestational exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls and dibenzofurans induced asymmetric hearing loss: Yucheng children study. Environmental Research 2015:137;65-71.
  • Hsuan Su, Shy-Shin Chang, Chien-Min Han, Kai-Yun Wu, Ming-Chieh Li, Chen-Ying Huang, Chyi-Long Lee, Jiunn-Yih Wu, Chien-Chang Lee*. Inflammatory markers in cord blood or maternal serum for early detection of neonatal sepsis- A systemic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Perinatology 2014;34;268-274.
  • Ming Chieh Li, Pei Chien Tsai, Pau-Chung Chen, Chia Jung Hsieh, Yue-Liang Leon Guo*, Walter J. Rogan. Mortality after exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls and dibenzofurans: 30 years after the “Yucheng Accident". Environmental Research 2013;120;71-75.

Refereed Papers (Domestic or Local)

  • Ming-Chieh Li, Hung-En Liu*. Regulation of biomedical researchers’ conflict of interest in Taiwan with a focus on the disclosure of conflict of interest by the researchers. Taiwan J Public Health. 2016;35:239-244。(TSSCI journal) (in Chinese)
  • Hsin-Yi Ho, Chao-Wei Chen, Ming-Chieh Li, Yu-Pao Hsu, Shih-Ching Kang, Erh-Hao Liu, Ko-Hung Lee. A novel and effective acupuncture modality as a complementary therapy to acute pain relief in inpatients with rib fractures. Biomedical Journal. 2014;37:147-155.
  • Daniel Fu-Chang Tsai, Ming-Chieh Li. Living unrelated organ donation,Paired exchange. Formosan J. Medicine. 2012;16: 649-659. (in Chinese)
  • Yi- Fan Chen, Wen-Ling Yeh*, Ko-Hong Lee, Ming-Chieh Li, Tsung-Hsien Yang, Hsin-Chia Huang, Tsung-Bin Huang, Hsin-Yi Ho. Intravenous Ondansetron as antiemetic prophylaxis for postoperative nausea and vomiting after shoulder arthroscopy. Chang Gung Medical Journal. 2011;34: 205-212.
  • Ming Chieh Li, Yue Leon Guo*. Dioxin’s Effects on Glucose Homeostasis and Type 2 Diabetes. Formosan J. Medicine. 2010;14: 189-198. (in Chinese)

Publication in Progress

  • Shao-Yi Cheng, Ming-Chieh Li, Ding-Cheng Chan, Kuo-Chin Huang, Han-Mo Chiu*. A population-based survey of factors affecting participation of colonoscopy in Taiwan after 10 years of national screening program. (draft)
  • Hung-En Liu, Ming-Chieh Li*. An Investigation of Taiwanese Attitudes toward Individual and Institutional Conflict of Interest Issues in Biomedical Research. (submitted) (in Chinese)
  • Shao-Yi Cheng, Ming-Chieh Li, Ding-Cheng Chan, Kuo-Chin Huang, Han-Mo Chiu*. A population-based survey of factors affecting participation of fecal immunochemical test colorectal cancer screening in Taiwan after 10 years of national screening program. (submitted)
  • En-Min You, Chiu-Yueh Yang, Ming-Cheih Li, Yueliang Leon Guo*. Correlation between aryl hydrocarbon receptor expression and PCBs in blood lymphocytes of Yucheng women. (draft)

Honors and Awards

  1. Postdoctoral Research Abroad Program Grant, Ministry of Science and Technology, 2016
  2. Altruistic Award of National Taiwan University, 2015
  3. Young College Elite, 2015
  4. Liao, Fung-Te Scholarship, 2015
  5. Excellent Student Award of National Chengchi University, 2014
  6. Tsai, Wan-Lin Scholarship, 2014
  7. Heritage Award of National Taiwan University Public Health Alumni Association, 2014
  8. Outstanding College Youth of National Taiwan University, 2013
  9. Research award for students of public health, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, TAIWAN, 2010
  10. Research award for students of public health, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, TAIWAN, 2009
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