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Xinhui Li

Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Xinhui Li

Associate Professor


Specialty area(s)

My research interests lie in the area of food microbiology, with the focus on antibiotic resistance in food chain and inactivation of foodborne viruses. I am currently accepting M.S. and undergraduate research students. 

Current courses at UWL

Mic 230 Fundamentals of Microbiology, Mic 380 Food Microbiology, MIC 427/527 Industrial and Fermentation Microbiology, MIC 428/528 Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory


Ph.D., the Ohio State University, 2011
M.Sc., South China University of Technology, 2007
B.Eng., South China University of Technology, 2004


Professional history

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Delaware, Aug. 2011-Jan. 2015

Research and publishing

Research Interests:

1. Inactivation of foodborne viruses
2. Mitigation of antibiotic resistance in the food chain

Recent Grants:

WiSys-Ignite Grant: Evaluation of the antibacterial and antiviral Properties of ZnO/Graphene nanocomposite thin-Films (key personnel, $50,000 shared with the PI, 07/01/2021-08/31/2022).

Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grant: Hybrid training for quality assurance and food safety programs designed for small-scale food processors and distributors ($49,844, 09/01/2020-08/31/2023).

Selected recent publications:

Moon SH, Udaondo Z, Abram KZ, Li X, Yang X, DiCaprio EL, Jun SR, Huang, E. Isolation of AmpC-and extended spectrum β-lactamase-producing Enterobacterales from fresh vegetables in the United States. 2022. Food Control. 132:108559.

Moon SH, Udaondo Z, Li X, Yang X, Jun SR, Huang E. Isolation and characterisation of carbapenemase-producing and polymyxin B-resistant Enterobacter bugandensis from a vegetable. 2021. J Glob Antimicrob Resist. 26:264-265.

Zhou Y, Li X, Yan H. Genotypic characteristics and correlation of epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus in healthy pigs, diseased pigs, and environment. 2020. Antibiotics (Basel). 9:839. 

Recker JD, Li X. Evaluation of copper alloy surfaces for inactivation of Tulane virus and human noroviruses. 2020. J Food Prot. 83:1782-1788. http://doi: 10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-19-410

Wang Y, Li X, Osmundson T, Shi L, Yan H. 2019. Comparative genomic analysis of a multidrug-resistant Listeria monocytogenes ST477 Isolate. Foodborne Pathog Dis. 16: 604-615.

Zhou W, Li X, Shi L, Wang HH, Yan H. 2018. Novel SCCmec type XII methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates identified from a swine production and processing chain. Vet Microbiol. 225:105-113.

Zhou W, Li X, Osmundson T, Shi L, Ren J, Yan H. 2018. WGS analysis of ST9-MRSA-XII isolates from live pigs in China provides insights into transmission among porcine, human and bovine hosts. J Antimicrob Chemother 73:2652-2661.

Lacombe A, Niemira BA, Gurtler JB, Kingsley DH, Li X, Chen H. 2018. Surfactant-enhanced organic acid inactivation of Tulane virus, a human norovirus surrogate. J Food Prot 81:279-283.

Li X, Huang R, Chen H. 2017. Evaluation of assays to quantify infectious human norovirus for heat and high-pressure inactivation studies using Tulane virus. Food Environ Virol 9:314-325.

Lacombe A, Niemira BA, Gurtler JB, Sites J, Boyd G, Kingsley DH, Li X, Chen H. 2017. Nonthermal inactivation of norovirus surrogates on blueberries using atmospheric cold plasma. Food Microbiol 63:1-5.

Lou F, DiCaprio E, Li X, Dai X, Ma Y, Hughes J, Chen H, Kingsley DH, Li J. 2016. Variable high-pressure-processing sensitivities for genogroup II human noroviruses. Appl Environ Microbiol 82:6037-6045.

Huang R, Ye M, Li X, Ji L, Karwe M, Chen H. 2016. Evaluation of high hydrostatic pressure inactivation of human norovirus on strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and in their purees. Int J Food Microbiol 223:17-24.

Liu C, Li X, Chen H. 2015. Application of water-assisted ultraviolet light processing on the inactivation of murine norovirus on blueberries. Int J Food Microbiol 214:18-23.

Li X, Chen H. 2015. Evaluation of the porcine gastric mucin binding assay for high-pressure-inactivation studies using murine norovirus and tulane virus. Appl Environ Microbiol 81:515-521.

Huang R, Li X, Huang Y, Chen H. 2014. Strategies to enhance high pressure inactivation of murine norovirus in strawberry puree and on strawberries. Int J Food Microbiol 185:1-6.

Ye M, Li X, Kingsley DH, Jiang X, Chen H. 2014. Inactivation of human norovirus in contaminated oysters and clams by high-hydrostatic pressure. Appl Environ. Microbiol 80:2248-2253.

Li X, Chen H, Kingsley DH. 2013. The influence of temperature, pH, and water immersion on the high hydrostatic pressure inactivation of GI.1 and GII.4 human noroviruses. Int J Food Microbiol 167:138-143.

Kingsley DH, Li X, Chen H. 2013. Temperature effects for high-pressure processing of picornaviruses. Food Environ Virol 6:58-61.

Li X, Ye M, Neetoo H, Golovan S, Chen H. 2013. Pressure inactivation of Tulane virus, a candidate surrogate for human norovirus and its potential application in food industry. Int J Food Microbiol 162:37-42.

Ye L, Zhang L, Li X, Shi L, Huang Y, Wang HH. 2013. Antibiotic resistant bacteria associated with retail aquaculture products from Guangzhou, China. J Food Prot 76:295-301.

Li X, Li Y, Alvarez V, Harper WJ, Wang HH. 2011. Effective antibiotic resistance mitigation during cheese fermentation. Appl Environ Microbiol 77:7171–7175.

Li X, Li Y, Alvarez V, Harper WJ, Wang HH. 2011. Persistent, toxin-antitoxin
system-independent tetracycline resistance-encoding plasmid from a dairy Enterococcus faecium isolate. Appl Environ Microbiol 77:7096-7103.



Heather Walder, Archaeology & Anthropology; Kristin Koepke, CATL; Astrid Lorena Ochoa Campo, Global Cultures & Languages; Melissa Weege, Health Professions; Rachel Funk-Johnson, Management; Jeff Baggett, Mathematics & Statistics; Xinhui Li, Microbiology; Tesia Marshik, Psychology; and Tori Svoboda, Student Affairs Administration; served as UWL representatives at the Universities of Wisconsin event, Faculty College. Faculty College was held May 28-31 in Elkhart Lake, WI. The theme was "Rethinking/Redesigning Student Assignments" and Ashley Finley of AAC&U was the guest presenter.

Submitted on: June 4


Astrid Lorena Ochoa Campo, Global Cultures & Languages; Rachel Funk-Johnson, Management; and Xinhui Li, Microbiology; were named teaching fellows at the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program on Jan. 17. The program is supported by the Universities of Wisconsin Office of Professional and Instructional Development. They will represent UWL during the 2024/2025 program.

Submitted on: Mar. 12


Xinhui Li, Microbiology, received the award for "Assessment of antibiotic resistance in fresh vegetables from farm to fork" from USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Li is a co-investigator on this two-year, $200,000, grant.

Submitted on: Feb. 24, 2022