Dr. Li received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Anhui University, and M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China, both in Hefei, China.  She obtained her second M.S. degree in Computer Sciences from Loyola University Chicago, and her Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Later she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Neural Computation of the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), CA, and in the  Sensory Motor Performance Program of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, IL. She was a research assistant professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, prior to her joining the PM&R department of McGovern Medical School as assistant professor in 2014.


Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Areas of Interests

Research Interests

  • EMG and electrophysiological analysis
  • Anticipatory posture control
  • Assistive devices for neurorehabilitation

Research Information


  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research
  • Brinson Foundation




Publication Information

  1. Li X, Shin H, Zhou P, Niu X, Liu J, Rymer WZ. Power spectral analysis of surface electromyography (EMG) at matched contraction levels of the first dorsal interosseous muscle in stroke survivors. Clin Neurophysiol. 2014 May;125(5):988-94.
  2. Gepshtein S, Li X, Snider J, Plank M, Lee D, Poizner H. Dopamine function and the efficiency of human movement. J Cogn Neurosci. 2014 Mar;26(3):645-57.
  3. Li X, Suresh A, Zhou P, Rymer WZ. Alterations in the peak amplitude distribution of the surface electromyogram poststroke. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2013 Mar;60(3):845-52.
  4. Li X, Rymer WZ, Zhou P. A simulation-based analysis of motor unit number index (MUNIX) technique using motoneuron pool and surface electromyogram models. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2012 May;20(3):297-304.
  5. Li X, Jahanmiri-Nezhad F, Rymer WZ, Zhou P. An Examination of the Motor Unit Number Index (MUNIX) in muscles paralyzed by spinal cord injury. IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed. 2012 Nov;16(6):1143-9.