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Yang Liu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Director, Biomedical Optical Imaging Laboratory (BOIL)
University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Email: liuy_at_pitt.edu
Phone: (412) 623-3751
Fax: (412) 623-7828

Hillman Cancer Center 2.32
5117 Centre Ave
Pittsuburgh, PA



B.S., Chemistry, Nankai University, China, 1999
M.S., Chemistry, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2002
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering (Biomedical Optics), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2006

Prior Experience

2007-2008         Johnson & Johnson, Skillman, NJ                        Senior Scientist
2006-2007         Johnson & Johnson, Skillman, NJ                        Postdoctoral Scientist

Research Interests

Dr. Liu's research is in the emerging interdisciplinary field of optical imaging and spectroscopy for biomedical applications, involving electrical engineering, physics, optics, medicine and biology. Her research focuses on developing novel optical imaging instrument and image processing tools for early detection of cancers. Her laboratory is in close collaborations with world-renowned clinicians (gastroenterologists, pathologists, surgeons, etc.) at University of Pittsbugh Medical Center to translate these novel optical technologies into clinical practice and patient care.

The current interests include:

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