Li-XiaoInstructor of Medicine

Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology


Shelby Building, Room 277
1825 University Boulevard
Birmingham, AL 35294

Telephone: (205) 934-5095

Fax: (205) 934-0515




B.S. (Biochemistry): Shandong University, Jinan, China, 1994
M.S. (Molecular Biology): Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 1997
Ph.D. (Environmental Health Sciences): University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2006
Postdoctoral Fellow: Department of Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2006-2011


Research Interests

Pathogenesis of Mollecutes and mechanisms by which Mollecutes interact with their host to avoid or subvert host immune response.



Click here for a more complete list of publications. Below are selected papers.

Totten AH, Xiao L, Crabb DM, Ratliff AE, Dybvig K, Waites KB, Atkinson TP. 2017. Shaken or stirred?: Comparison of methods for dispersion of Mycoplasma pneumoniae aggregates for persistence in vivo. J Microbiol Methods. 132: 56-62 . PMID: 27865739

Zhang J, Song X, Ma MJ, Xiao L, Kenri T, Sun H, Ptacek T, Li S, Waites KB, Atkinson TP, Shibayama K, Dybvig K, Feng Y. 2017. Inter- and intra-strain variability of tandem repeats in Mycoplasma pneumoniae based on next-generation sequencing data. Future Microbiol. 12: 119-129 PMID: 27728978

Zheng X, Lee S, Selvarangan R, Qin X, Tang YW, Stiles J, Hong T, Todd K, Ratliff AE, Crabb DM, Xiao L, Atkinson TP, Waites KB. 2015. Macrolide-Resistant Mycoplasma pneumoniae, United States. Emerg Infect Dis. 21(8):1470-1472. PMID: 26196107 PMC4517703

Xiao L, Ptacek T, Osborne JD, Kumar R, Simmons WL, Crabb DM, Lefkowitz EJ, Waites KB, Atkinson TP, Dybvig K. 2015. Comparative Genome Analysis of Mycoplasma pneumoniae. BMC Genomics. 16(1):610. PMID: 26275904 PMC4537597

Bharat A, Cunningham SA, Scott Budinger GR, Kreisel D, DeWet CJ, Gelman AE, Waites K, Crabb D, Xiao L, Bhorade S, Ambalavanan N, Dilling DF, Lowery EM, Astor T, Hachem R, Krupnick AS, DeCamp MM, Ison MG, Patel R. 2015. Disseminated Ureaplasma infection as a cause of fatal hyperammonemia in humans. Sci Transl Med. 7(284):284re3. PMID:25904745   PMC4677674

Centor RM, Atkinson TP, Ratliff AE, Xiao L, Crabb DM, Estrada CA, Faircloth MB, Oestreich L, Hatchett J, Khalife W, Waites KB. 2015. The Clinical Presentation of Fusobacterium-Positive and Streptococcal-Positive Pharyngitis in a University Health Clinic: A Cross-sectional Study. Ann Intern Med. 17;162(4):241-7. PMID: 25686164

Xiao L, Crabb DM, Dai Y, Chen Y, Waites KB, Atkinson TP. 2014. Suppression of antimicrobial peptide expression by Ureaplasma species. Infect Immun. 82(4):1657-65. PMID: 24491573 PMCID: PMC3993410

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