B.S.       University of Science and Technology of China

Ph.D.     UT Southwestern Medical Center

Postdoc. The Rockefeller University

Select Honors

2022 CPRIT Scholar

2022 Endowed Scholar in Medical Science (UTSW)

2018 K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award 

2016 Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellowship 

2015 Rockefeller University Women and Science Fellow

Siqi Liu, PhD

Principal Investigator

Virginia Murchison Linthicum Scholar in Medical Research

In my PhD, I used biochemical approaches to dissect mechanisms of host pathogen defense.  As a postdoc, I used mouse genetics to first show that epithelial stem cells modulate the activity of dendritic epidermal T cells for wound repair, which underscored the importance of epithelial-immune crosstalk.  Next, I delineated an innate immune-like signaling pathway in wound repair that resembles the role of innate immunity in pathogen defense.

As a biochemist at heart, I have a deep desire to study basic, physiological processes that is conserved throughout evolution.  Tissue injury repair is one such fascinating process that is essential for organismal survival.  In our new lab, we will combine biochemistry and mouse genetics to understand physiological tissue repair through in-depth probing of molecular & cellular mechanisms, to better understand the associated pathologies such as cancer. 

Yuan Gao, MS

Visiting Junior Researcher

Yuan earned a Bachelor degree in Clinical Medicine and a Master degree in Plastic Surgery in South Medical University.  She participated in lab research on skin and hair follicle biology in addition to completing a three-year clinical rotation in Plastic Surgery for her Master's degree. Her research interests are the mechanisms underlying wound healing and injury repair.  Outside of work, Yuan loves drawing and eating delicious food. She is a dog person and has a cute little poodle in her hometown.

Tatiana Ferreira, MS

Graduate Student

Tatiana (or Tati) earned a Bachelor's degree in Biomedicine and a Master's in Molecular Pathology at the University of Brasilia, Brazil. During her undergraduate and Master’s studies, she focused on investigating molecular mechanisms that contribute to the pathogenesis driven by Trypanosoma cruzi infection. In the Liu lab, her research centers on understanding the innate immune regulation of epithelial injury sensing and repair. Outside of the lab, Tatiana loves taking care of her plants and watching cooking shows.

Lily Farid

Green Fellow

Lily is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Texas at Dallas. Driven by a passion for biomedical research, her academic journey has included research in neonatal neuroscience at the University of Washington in Seattle, sparking her interest in the intricate mechanisms of physiological processes. Having lived in China for 18 years, Lily values cultural diversity and loves traveling. Alongside her studies, she actively participates in community service, notably contributing to the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program for 7 years. During her free time, Lily enjoys spending time with her cat Chia, playing guitar, and cherishing moments with family and friends.

Zaili Yang PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Zaili obtained his PhD from the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, focusing on the interplay between ER stress and tumor immunity.  At the Liu Lab, he explores how cellular stress responses intricately regulate skin wound healing.  Outside of his research, he enjoys watching animated films.

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