A photo of Lili Ding.

Lili Ding, PhD

  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



I’m a statistician working to develop and apply statistical methods to accelerate the translational impact of biomedical data. I became interested in this work through collaborations with researchers with overlapping projects. I have more than 10 years of statistical research and consulting experience in pediatric biomedical research areas. I’ve provided statistical support for numerous observational and intervention studies and have a history of successful collaboration with both clinical and basic science investigators.

My methodology and collaborative research areas are statistical genetics, design and analysis of pediatric population pharmacokinetic studies, cancer prevention behaviors and sexually transmitted infections in adolescents, HPV vaccination and its impact on the epidemiology of HPV and pain management in pediatric populations.

Some of my groundbreaking discoveries include the following:

  • Studying different measures of marker informativeness for ancestry and admixture mapping

  • Rank-based analysis of multiple genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of childhood asthma among human populations

  • Identifying the association between African ancestry and cluster-based childhood asthma subphenotypes

I’m honored to have received many awards, including:

  • Young Investigator Award (co-author, oral presentation), SPA/AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology meeting Phoenix, AZ, (2018)

  • First place winner (co-author), International Conference of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ICPAN), Luna Park, Sydney, Australia (2017)

  • First prize winner (co-author) of the American Academy of Pediatrics John J. Downes Resident Research Award, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia/American Academy of Pediatrics (SPA/AAP) Pediatric Anesthesiology (2013)

  • First place Abstract Award (co-author) International Assembly for Pediatric Anesthesia, Washington DC (2012)

I’m an associate editor for Frontiers in Genetics and a reviewer for many other scholarly journals. I’ve been a presenter at national and international conferences and served as a co-investigator and biostatistician for several National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants. I started working at Cincinnati Children’s in 2010.


Understanding racial disparities in childhood asthma using individual- and neighborhood-level risk factors. Correa-Agudelo, E; Ding, L; Beck, AF; Brokamp, C; Altaye, M; Kahn, RS; Mersha, TB. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2022.

Retrospective study comparing outcomes of multimodal epidural and erector spinae catheter pain protocols after pectus surgery. Walter, CM; Lee, CS; Moore, DL; Abbasian, N; Clay, SJ; Mecoli, MD; Olbrecht, VA; Batra, M; Ding, L; Yang, F; et al. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2022.

Factors associated with intraoperative intravenous catheter extravasation in children. Mecoli, MD; Ding, L; Yang, G; McSoley, JW; Doellman, DA; Rineair, SA; Subramanyam, R. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. 2022; 50:306-311.

Adaptive Care for Perioperative Patients With Developmental Disabilities: An Exploration of Interventions and Family Experience. Winterberg, AV; Jones, E; Ding, L; Hill, LM; Varughese, AM. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 2022.

Partner-Level and Sexual Networking Factors Are Associated With Vaccine-Type and Nonvaccine-Type Human Papillomavirus Infection After Vaccine Introduction in Young Women. Kahn, J; Washington, C; Ding, L; Wyllie, T; Rosen, B; Gorbach, P. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2022; 49:429-436.

Association Between Maternal Adverse Childhood Experiences and Neonatal SCG5 DNA Methylation-Effect Modification by Prenatal Home Visiting. Folger, AT; Nidey, N; Ding, L; Ji, H; Yolton, K; Ammerman, RT; Bowers, KA. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2022; 191:636-645.

A High Prevalence of Anti-EBNA1 Heteroantibodies in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Supports Anti-EBNA1 as an Origin for SLE Autoantibodies. Laurynenka, V; Ding, L; Kaufman, KM; James, JA; Harley, JB. Frontiers in Immunology. 2022; 13.

Feasibility study of cumulative sum (CUSUM) analysis as a competency assessment tool for ultrasound-guided venous access procedures. Narayanasamy, S; Ding, L; Yang, F; Gunter, J; Samuels, P; Mecoli, M. Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia. 2022; 69:256-264.

Pediatric Pain Screening Tool: A Simple 9-Item Questionnaire Predicts Functional and Chronic Postsurgical Pain Outcomes After Major Musculoskeletal Surgeries. Narayanasamy, S; Yang, F; Ding, L; Geisler, K; Glynn, S; Ganesh, A; Sathyamoorthy, M; Garcia, V; Sturm, P; Chidambaran, V. Journal of Pain. 2022; 23:98-111.

Pregnancy and Infant Development (PRIDE)-a preliminary observational study of maternal adversity and infant development. Bowers, K; Ding, L; Yolton, K; Ji, H; Nidey, N; Meyer, J; Ammerman, RT; Van Ginkel, J; Folger, A. BMC Pediatrics. 2021; 21.