Yang Li
Senior Research Scientist


Yang Li is a Senior Research Scientist and Project Director in CNA's Safety and Security Division. Li joined CNA in 2009 and is an expert in public health preparedness and response, emergency management, and homeland security; and has collaborated with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academia on these topics. As the Principal Investigator, Li's current research includes a three-year applied research study sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR) in identifying best practices and opportunities to develop, adapt, and implement educational interventions for fostering capable leaders in public health emergency response. Since 2012, Li has also served as the Project Director in assisting the City of Houston to conduct the Greater Houston Region's Threats and Hazards Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), currently in its seventh iteration. Li holds an M.P.H. in Public Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; an M.S. in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University; as well as a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Li is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese.