Shasha Li, MD, PhD, joined the faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) with the goal of improving the understanding of the physiological implications of altered neural networks in neurological diseases. She has made substantial contributions to the field of neurorehabilitation through the application of her specialized knowledge in neuromodulation (primarily transcranial magnetic stimulation, TMS) and neuroimaging. Specifically, her current research focuses on the development of novel insights into the altered brain network in auditory communication disorders, particularly in stroke and/or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) survivors and investigating the neurophysiological correlation with auditory-related deficits and the mechanism of the non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS and transcranial direct current stimulation) combined with multi-modal MR techniques in individualized precise therapeutic neuromodulation.


MD, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China; PhD in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

Select Publications

1. Li S, Luo C, Yu B, Yan B, Gong Q, He C, et al. Functional magnetic resonance imaging study on dysphagia after unilateral hemispheric stroke: a preliminary study. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2009;80(12):1320-9

2. Li S, Chen Q, Yu B, Xue K, Luo C, Xu Y, et al. Structural and functional changes mapped in the brains of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients with/without dysphagia: a pilot study. Amyotroph Lateral Scler. 2009;10(5-6):280-7

3. Li S, Ma Z, Tu S, Zhou M, Chen S, Guo Z, et al. Altered resting-state functional and white matter tract connectivity in stroke patients with dysphagia. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2014;28(3):260-72


Postdoctoral Fellowship of the American Heart Association

K23: Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award NIH/NIDCD