A photo of Lili Ding.

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Biography & Affiliation


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.

Research Interests

Bayesian statistics; statistical genetics; population PK/PD study design and modeling

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Biostatistics and Epidemiology


PhD: University of Cincinnati, OH.

MS: University of Cincinnati, OH.

BS: Changchun University of Science and Technology, Jilin, China.


Transient Reductions in Postoperative Pain and Anxiety using 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.

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.

Factors Associated With Postadenotonsillectomy Unexpected Admissions in Children. Subramanyam, R; Willging, P; Ding, L; Yang, G; Varughese, A. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2021; 132:1700-1709.

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.

Sexual Network Patterns and Their Association With Genital and Anal Human Papillomavirus Infection in Adolescent and Young Men. Rosen, BL; Gorbach, P; Ding, L; Covert, C; Ermel, AC; Chandler, E; Malagón, T; Kahn, JA. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2021; 68:696-704.

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.

Pragmatic comparative effectiveness study of multimodal fascia iliaca nerve block and continuous lumbar epidural-based protocols for periacetabular osteotomy. Albertz, M; Whitlock, P; Yang, F; Ding, L; Uchtman, M; Mecoli, M; Olbrecht, V; Moore, D; McCarthy, J; Chidambaran, V. Journal of Hip Preservation Surgery. 2021.

Guided relaxation-based virtual reality versus distraction-based virtual reality or passive control for postoperative pain management in children and adolescents undergoing Nuss repair of pectus excavatum: protocol for a prospective, randomised, controlled trial (FOREVR Peds trial). Olbrecht, VA; Williams, SE; O'Conor, KT; Boehmer, CO; Marchant, GW; Glynn, SM; Geisler, KJ; Ding, L; Yang, G; King, CD. BMJ Open. 2020; 10.

Associations Between Maternal Community Deprivation and Infant DNA Methylation of the SLC6A4 Gene. DeLano, K; Folger, AT; Ding, L; Ji, H; Yolton, K; Ammerman, RT; Van Ginkel, JB; Bowers, KA. Frontiers in Public Health. 2020; 8.

Effects on the Upper Airway Morphology with Intravenous Addition of Ketamine after Dexmedetomidine Administration in Normal Children. Mylavarapu, G; Fleck, RJ; Ok, MS; Ding, L; Kandil, A; Amin, RS; Das, B; Mahmoud, M. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2020; 9.