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Associate Professor; Biochemistry PhD Program Director

Yuan Liu, MD, PhD, joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida International University in 2010 as a faculty member. Her research interests focus on understanding the molecular mechanisms by which DNA damage and repair modulates genome and epigenome stability and their roles in development, prevention, and treatment of human cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s disease and Friedreich’s ataxia, among others. Additionally, Dr. Liu is exploring DNA repair as a biomarker for diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of cancer and human neurodegeneration, and drug discoveries of DNA repair inhibitors as treatments of human diseases.

Dr. Liu’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health. Her work has been published in numerous high-impact journals including Nature, Molecular Cell, PNAS, Nucleic Acids Research and DNA Repair. Dr. Liu has received the FIU 2014 Top Scholars Award, the 2016 CASE Award for Research and the 2018 CASE Award for Service.