Lan Li studies the history and practice of integrating biomedicine and Chinese medicine. Her research compares social and political circumstances that contributed to the plurality of medicine in Britain and China during the 19th and 20th centuries. She enjoys exploring the body as a space of constant transformation, examining treatments for terminal illnesses and chronic pain.
Lan graduated from Barnard College and worked briefly as a freelance filmmaker. She has continued to make short films about science and society at MIT, some of which can be found online. Lan is a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and an NSF Fellow.
history of medicine; China; integrative medicine; film and science; cultural anthropology of medicine and the body