A photo of Lili Ding.

Lili Ding, PhD

  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



I am 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 who had projects of overlapping interests. I have more than 10 years of statistical research and consulting experience in pediatric biomedical research areas. I have provided statistical support for numerous observational and intervention studies, and I have a history of successful collaboration with both clinical and basic science investigators. My methodology and collaborative research areas include 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:

  • 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 am 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 have co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and over 80 abstracts. I’m a review editor for Frontiers in Genetics and a reviewer for many other scholarly journals. I have been a presenter at national and international conferences. I also served as a co-investigator and biostatistician for several National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants. I started working at Cincinnati Children’s in 2010.


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.

Transient Reductions in Postoperative Pain and Anxiety with the Use of Virtual Reality in Children. Olbrecht, VA; O'Conor, KT; Williams, SE; Boehmer, CO; Marchant, GW; Glynn, SM; Geisler, KJ; Pickerill, HM; Ding, L; Yang, G; et al. Pain Medicine. 2021; 22:2426-2435.

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. 2021.

Comparison of Levels of Three Tobacco Smoke Exposure Biomarkers in Children of Smokers. Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, E; Matt, GE; Ding, L; Merianos, AL. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18.

Genetic ancestry differences in pediatric asthma readmission are mediated by socioenvironmental factors. Mersha, TB; Qin, K; Beck, AF; Ding, L; Huang, B; Kahn, RS. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2021; 148:1210-1218.e4.

Outcomes of dexmedetomidine sedation for drug-induced sleep ciné magnetic resonance imaging studies in pediatric obstructive sleep apnea patients. Narayanasamy, S; Winograd-Gomez, V; Joshi, H; Yang, F; Ding, L; Ishman, SL; Fleck, RJ; Patino, M; Mahmoud, M. Paediatric Anaesthesia. 2021; 31:1241-1249.

Quantitative Pupillometry as a Predictor of Pediatric Postoperative Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression. Packiasabapathy, S; Zhang, X; DIng, L; Aruldhas, BW; Pawale, D; Sadhasivam, S. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2021; 133:991-999.

Examination of the '5-2-1-0' Recommendations in Racially Diverse Young Children Exposed to Tobacco Smoke. Mahabee-Gittens, EM; Ding, L; Merianos, AL; Khoury, JC; Gordon, JS. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2021; 35:966-972.

Guided Relaxation-Based Virtual Reality for Acute Postoperative Pain and Anxiety in a Pediatric Population: Pilot Observational Study. Olbrecht, VA; O'Conor, KT; Williams, SE; Boehmer, CO; Marchant, GW; Glynn, SM; Geisler, KJ; Ding, L; Yang, G; King, CD. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2021; 23.

Ancestry-Specific Interactions Between Circulatory Folate and One-Carbon Metabolism Genes’ Haplotypes for Higher-Grade Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia. Wijayatunga, N; Ding, L; Piyathilake, C. Current Developments in Nutrition. 2021; 5:285-285.