Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Materials Science and Engineering
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering
Liu’s research is focused on understanding how microenvironmental cues regulate cell behavior in order to better understand and treat diseases of the cardiovasculature. The goals of her laboratory are to (1) develop tools using materials and microfabrication to manipulate the multicellular microenvironment, (2) utilize these technologies to understand how the physical and adhesive microenvironment regulate cell behavior, particularly those involved in atherosclerosis and the foreign body response to vascular implants, and (3) to design novel biomaterial systems for cardiovascular devices and tissue engineering with improved biocompatibility and integrated tissue function.