Tacoma Program

Mingxia Li Ph.D.

Minxia Li  

"My mission at The Evergreen State College - Tacoma is to cultivate students' interest and skills in becoming an effective life long learner. "What a joy to learn and to practice what you've learned!" said Confucius, the Chinese Sage Teacher, more than two thousand years ago."

Mingxia Li, Ph.D.

For Dr. Li, enthusiasm in learning is essential to a fulfilling life. Attending college and obtaining a bachelor degree is a part of the process. Literacy in biology and biomedical sciences is what she would like her students to possess for their future careers as well as for their personal and family’s well-being.

Before Dr. Li came to the US, she spent her forming years in Beijing, China, where she earned her medical degree. Dr. Li then obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology at Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York City. She worked for years as a research scientist in academic, industrial and hospital settings. Now she is an educator co-teaching with her colleagues in classes such as “Beauty and Its Beast”, “Skin”, “Bioethics”, “Urban Health”, “Literature and Medicine” and “DNA and Criminal Justice”, exploring the biomedical issues embedded in sociology, environmental justice, literature, law and public policy.

Dr. Li has also helped students in their individual learning contracts on subjects of nutrition, neurobiology, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and basic bioscience laboratory techniques.

Occasionally, Dr. Li teaches courses on Chinese culture and poetry to share her cultural heritage and devotion to poetry. Some of her published titles are So Translating Rivers and Cities (Zephyr Press), Verses on Bird (Zephyr Press) and Another Kind of Nation: an Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Talisman House). These books are published under the pen name, Zhang Er and are distributed by SPD Books and Amazon.com.

Among families, she is a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother and an aunt. and counts her blessings every day.

Dr. Li looks forward to working with motivated students to design their individual academic paths and facilitate their learning.

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