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Dr. Laura Li 2017 Award

Founder of the Help Undiagnosed Children Foundation, Dr. Wenhui Laura Li, Recognized with a Women of Achievement Award 

Dr. Laura Li

November 11, 2017- Dr. Wenhui Laura Li, founder of the Help Undiagnosed Children Foundation (HUCF), received today a Women of Achievement Award from the San Diego Chapter of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).

Dr. Li is being recognized for her work as the founder in 2015 of the Help Undiagnosed Children Foundation (HUCF). The goal of the Foundation is to enable sick children who have rare undiagnosed genetic diseases to receive affordable or free genetic testing through innovative genome sequencing technology to obtain a diagnoses and ensuing treatment. Often the genetic testing is unaffordable for families and may not be covered by medical insurance.

Currently a medical geneticist and lab director at Illumina in San Diego, Dr. Li leads and oversees Illumina’s Understand Your Genome (UYG) and iHope programs, which have demonstrated how genomic study is transforming the medical field. Before she joined Illumina in 2016, she was Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and working as an Associate Director of Molecular Pathology and Genetics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Li is at the forefront of the next-generation sequencing and precision medicine field. Her work on Clinical Retinoblastoma testing was featured on National Public Radio in the United States. In addition, she also conducts translational research studying the genetic causes for Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, the leading cause for childhood blindness.

She was born in Beijing, China and graduated from Beijing Normal University (1992). She received MS in Cell Biology from Fordham University (1994) and PhD in Molecular Biology & Genetics from Johns Hopkins University (2000). She did a research fellowship at the California Institute of Technology, studying the molecular mechanism behind Bloom’s syndrome. She completed a clinical fellowship in Clinical Molecular Genetics at UCLA, and she is board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics (2013).

The award was presented at the San Diego Chapter’s Women of Achievement & Power Expo event held in San Diego, California. The National Association of Professional Women is the largest women’s networking organization in the United States with over 800,000 members and Chapters nationwide to help women advance their business and careers.

Further Information Contact: Rachel Solenberger, 619 208-6535

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