Shasha Li, M.D., Ph.D., 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 transcranial direct current stimulation, tDCS) and cutting-edge neuroimaging. Specifically, her lab’s research focuses on the development of novel insights into brain recovery, particularly in investigating brain recovery prediction among a broad clinical population of neurological diseases in correlation with the mechanism of the non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS and tDCS) 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. Shasha Li, Cheng Luo, Bo Yu, Bo Yan, Qiyong Gong, Chengqi He, Li He, Xiaoqi Huang, Dezhong Yao, Su Lui, Hanhe Tang, Qin Chen, Yan Zeng, Dong Zhou. Functional magnetic resonance imaging study on dysphagia after unilateral hemispheric stroke: a preliminary study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 2009;80(12):1320-1329

2. Shasha Li, Marziye Eshghi, Sherza Khan, Qiyuan Tian, Juho Joutsa, Yangming Ou, Qing Mei Wang, Jian Kong, Bruce Robert Rosen, Jyrki Ahveninen, Aapo Nummenmaa. Localizing central swallowing functions by combining non-invasive brain stimulation with neuroimaging. Brain Stimulation, 2020;13(5):1207-1210

3. Loukas G. Astrakas, Shasha Li, Sabrina Elbach, A Aria Tzika. The severity of sensorimotor tracts degenerations may predict motor performance in chronic stroke patients, while brain structural network dysfunction may not. Frontiers in Neurology, 2022;13:813763


Postdoctoral Fellowship of the American Heart Association

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

Course Director: HMS LN701 Intermediate Medical Mandarin


Translational Neuroimage, Neuromodulation, and Neurorehabilitation Lab (TN3 Lab)