Associate Professor of Medicine

       Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine

       1900 University Blvd., THT-422
       University of Alabama at Birmingham
       Birmingham, AL 35294-0006

Medical School:

Graduate School:

Postdoctoral Training:

  China Medical University, Liaoning, China

Wuhan University, Hubei, China

Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Contact Information


Campus Address:


BMR2 274

Academic Office location:


BMR2 233

Office Phone:


(205) 975-8932

Office Fax (Academic):


(205) 934-7437

Email Address:

Brief Bio
Dr. Liu graduated from China Medical University with a D.M.D. degree in 1994 and from Wuhan University with a Ph.D. degree in 1999. He received postdoctoral training in the Medical College of Georgia and the University of Alabama at Birmingham through 2003. Dr. Liu worked as a Research Associate from 2003-2006 in the Department of Cell Biology at University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012.  

Research Interests
Dr. Liu's research focuses on the role of non-coding RNAs in regulation of lung inflammation, injury and repair. Dr. Liu's research recently developed a new direction to study the role of cellular metabolism in the pathogenesis of lung injury and fibrosis.

Key Publications
Xie N, Tan Z, Banerjee S, Cui H, Ge J, Liu RM, Bernard K, Thannickal VJ, Liu G. 2015. Glycolytic Reprogramming Mediates Myofibroblast Differentiation and Promotes Lung Fibrosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 192(12):1462-74. PMID:26284610.

Tan Z, Xie N, Banerjee S, Cui H, Fu M, Thannickal VJ, Liu G. 2015. The monocarboxylate transporter 4 is required for glycolytic reprogramming and inflammatory response in macrophages. J Biol Chem. 290(1):46-55. PMC4281748

Cui H, Xie N, Tan Z, Banerjee S, Thannickal VJ, Abraham E, Liu G. 2014. The human long noncoding RNA, lnc-IL7R, regulates inflammatory response. Eur J Immunol. 44(7):2085-95. PMC4107034

Banerjee S, Xie N, Cui H, Tan Z, Yang S, Icyuz M, Abraham E, Liu G. 2013. MicroRNA let-7c Regulates Macrophage Polarization. J Immunol. 190(12):6542-9. PMC3679284.

Yang S, Cui H, Xie N, Icyuz M, Banerjee S, Antony V, Abraham E, Thannickal VJ, and Liu G. 2013. miR-145 regulates myofibroblast differentiation and lung fibrosis. FASEB J. 27(6):2382-91. PMC3659354.

Liu G, Friggeri A, Yang Y, Milosevic J, Ding Q, Thannickal VJ, Kaminski N, Abraham E. 2010. miR-21 mediates fibrogenic activation of pulmonary fibroblasts and lung fibrosis. J Exp Med. 207(8):1589-97. PMC2916139.

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