Kathleen Li

Kathleen Li is wearing a grey turtleneck standing in front of a fall tree.
Title: Quality Team Editor
Education: Johns Hopkins University
Expertise: Health, Public Health, Public Policy, Healthcare Quality Improvement
  • Worked as a research assistant in several labs on e-cigarette policy, global burns disparities, and family health history/genetic counseling preferences and practices.
  • Edited Epidemic Proportions starting in 2018 and Tendon starting in 2020.
  • Presented research at the 2022 Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.
  • Published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, the American Journal of Surgery, and the Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.


Kathleen (Katie) Li has been writing about science for a general audience for four years and conducting research for six. As both a writer and scientist, she aims to make health and science information easy to understand.

Katie's expertise ranges from research articles to brochures for community health fairs. She has been published in multiple scientific journals on topics such as genetic counseling and e-cigarette policy. Meanwhile, she has also been an editor at Tendon, the Johns Hopkins medical humanities magazine. Outside of these magazines, Katie created health awareness and informational materials with the Johns Hopkins Genetics and Public Health Medical Tutorial for the Baltimore community.

Knowledge is the cornerstone of health⁠—people need to understand a treatment or intervention to give truly informed consent. But in the 21st century, the internet can either be a useful tool or perpetuate misinformation and misunderstandings.

Online health information must therefore be easy to understand and scientifically up to date. As a writer, scientist, and a future medial professional, I aim to create health education that is both well-researched and well-written.


Katie has two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Public Health and Biology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She will also be attending the University of Cambridge to complete a Masters of Philosophy in Health, Medicine, and Society. To support her studies, she has been awarded the Wellcome Masters Programme Award in Humanities and Social Science.

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