Ming Li

πŸ‘‹ Hi there, I'm Ming

Scientist. Developer. Entrepreneur. Believer in the power of science and technology to improve health and quality of life.

About Me

Ming Li

I'm an ehealth professional cross-trained in research, healthcare, computing, and business - trying to help make our healthcare better.









Journal Publications

Int'l Humanitarian Volunteer Trip

Media Coverage


UTSC grad named to The Next 36 looks to help others through innovation


UTSC Commons Magazine

Uncertainty leads to possibility


U of T News

The Next 36 selects 11 U of T students and alumni


Education and Career Highlights

MSc ehealth

McMaster University

2016 - 2018

Holistic studies in ehealth with courses from Health Sciences, Engineering, and MBA School.

Thesis: Privacy Ontology for Health Data Sharing in Research

Awarded full scholarship, NSERC CGS-M, etc.

HBSc Human Biology

University of Toronto

2009 - 2013

Awarded prestigious scholarships such as Yvonne and John Chiu Award in Genetics (for highest grade in 3rd year Genetics class), University of Toronto Scholar (multi-year), NSERC USRA, etc.

Sir John A. Macdonald CI

President of Computer Club

Promoted interest in computer programming for beginners and taught complex algorithms to more seasoned coders.



2018 - Present

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Jr Systems Architect

Architecture and Standards Division, eHealth Ontario

May 2017 - Dec 2017

Enterprise Architecture Team: Projects aimed to design and deliver integrated electronic health information systems to care settings across Ontario.

Student Cystic Fibrosis Research

Gonska Lab, The Hospital for Sick Children

May 2012 - Aug 2012; May 2013 - Feb 2015

Several projects aimed to investigate membrane transport characteristics of soluble carriers in modifying the cystic fibrosis disease and to identify novel therapeutic targets for cystic fibrosis.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) USRA Fellow

Kronzucker Lab, University of Toronto

Feb 2011 - Apr 2013

Projects aimed to develop salt-tolerant strains of rice to increase our food supply in combating world hunger.

IT Specialist

Biology Students’ Association, University of Toronto at Scarborough

July 2010 - Aug 2013

Developed various software to improve workflow efficiency and effectively managed organizational change.

Research Publication Highlights

Data Sharing Agreement Privacy Ontology

Privacy Enforcement in Health Research

First author πŸ”—

In this research, we devised a new method of logging and auditing of privacy events described by medical research data sharing agreements (DSAs).

The logging is enabled through the engineering of a Data Sharing Agreement Privacy Ontology (DSAP), a flexible and extensible semantic model of privacy constraints. DSAP provides the necessary vocabulary and structure to log privacy events in a linked-data based audit log. We also demonstrate auditing capabilities through querying this audit log to answer privacy questions relevant to health research DSAs.

SLC6A14 ASL height confocal microscopy

Genetic Modifiers of Cystic Fibrosis

Co-author πŸ”—

In this research, we uncovered a novel therapeutic target for the development of companion therapy in Cystic Fibrosis.

Using quantitative real-time PCR, western blotting, radiotracing, pharmacological, and advanced optical microscopy methods, we demonstrate that increased SLC6A14 (soluable carrier family 6, subfamily A, member 14) activity enhances CFTR (Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator) function in patient-derived airway cultures via a nitrous oxide biochemical pathway.

NH4 and NH3 research

Nitrogen Transport in Plant Roots

Co-author πŸ”—

In this research, we contributed to our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms behind soil NH3/NH4+ toxicity in higher plants.

Using radiotracing, electrophysiological, pharmacological, respiratory, and histochemical techniques, we demonstrate gaseous NH3 is the main nitrogen species of the NH3/NH4+ conjugate pair to be responsible for nitrogen futile transmembrane cycling toxicity in plant root cells. Our study helps to guide the development of new agricultural methods to improve crop production, reduce forest decline, and maintain biodiversity.

Entrepreneurship Highlights

Qwisely Logo

Co-Founder, Qwisely

June 2020 – May 2023

Curbside check-in and online COVID-19 prescreening solution for dental offices.

  • βœ”οΈ Used by over 50,000 patients across Ontario.
  • βœ”οΈ 90% savings in check-in time along with 2 less phone calls/patient.

Catalytics Inc Logo

Co-Founder, Catalytics Inc

Mar 2017 – Dec 2018

Predictive analytics for intelligent medical decision-making.

  • βœ”οΈ Winner of The Forge @ Mac Startup Competition Grand Prize – $20,000 cash prize.
  • βœ”οΈ First place, Hack the City – Health Stream.
  • βœ”οΈ Exhibitor at Health Achieve Conference, Apps4Health Conference, and Emerging Leader Forum.
  • βœ”οΈ Presenter at Achieving Excellence Together Conference.
  • βœ”οΈ Journal publication of our research. πŸ”—

Website Sensei Logo

Website Sensei


Dec 2019 – present

All things website at websitesensei.com

  • βœ”οΈ Over a decade of web development experience.
  • βœ”οΈ Millions of total page views.
  • βœ”οΈ Dozens of websites.
  • βœ”οΈ Helped Toronto mainstreet businesses get online during pandemic.


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