Cindy Li, Ph.D.


Department of Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania
3535 Market Street, Suite 500
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215)-746-2627


Cindy Li is a postdoctoral researcher in the NIDA T32 Translational Addiction Research Fellowship Program in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania. She received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University, where she was first introduced to the field of research revolving around the interplay between food and substance abuse. Her dissertation focused on identifying convergent factors underlying obesity and opioid abuse and ascertaining whether obesity- related neurobiological adaptation alter morphine withdrawal responses. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she hopes to apply neurobiological findings clinically to better elucidate risk factors for the development of substance use disorder and identify possible treatment strategies using nutritional interventions.


B.S. in Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers University, 2016
Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers University, 2021

Selected Publications

Li X, Yeh C., Bello N.T. (2021) High-fat diet attenuates morphine withdrawal effects on sensory-evoked locus coeruleus norepinephrine neural activity in male obese rats. Nutritional Neuroscience. DOI: 10.1080/1028415X.2021.1968103.

Li X. & Bello N.T. (2020) Anorectic state of obesity medications in the United States. Are leaner times ahead? Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, 21 (2), 167-172. DOI: 10.1080/14656566.2019.1692815

Hao L, Kshatriya D, Li X, Badrinath A, Szmacinski Z, Goedken MJ, Polunas M, Bello NT. (2020). Acute feeding suppression and toxicity of raspberry ketone [4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanone] in mice. Food Chem Toxicol. 143 (111512). DOI: 10.1016/j.fct.2020.111512.

Kshatriya D, Hao L, Li X, Bello NT (2020). Raspberry Ketone [4-(4-Hydroxyphenyl)-2-Butanone] Differentially Effects Meal Patterns and Cardiovascular Parameters in Mice. Nutrients, 12(6), 1754. DOI 10.3390/nu12061754.

Kshatriya D., Li X., Giunta G., Yuan B., Zhao D., Simon J., ... Bello N. (2019). Phenolic- enriched raspberry fruit extract (Rubus idaeus) resulted in lower weight gain, increased ambulatory activity, and elevated hepatic lipoprotein lipase and heme oxygenase-1 expression in male mice fed a high-fat diet. Nutrition Research, 68, 19–33. DOI: 10.1016/j.nutres.2019.05.005

Gupta A., Li X., DiCicco-Bloom E., Bello N.T. (2018). Altered salt taste response and increased tongue epithelium Scnnal expression in adult Engrailed-2 null mice. Physiology & Behavior, 194, 410-419. DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2018.06.030

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