Gang Liu, MD, PhD



Associate Professor of Medicine

Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine

1530 3rd Avenue So, THT-422
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294




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. Gang Liu completed his degree in Dental Medicine at China Medical University in 1994 and his PhD in Oral Biology at Wuhan University in 1999. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics at the Medical College of Georgia in 2001 and a fellowship in the Dept of Cell Biology in 2003. He spent the next 3 years in the Dept of Cell Biology as a research associate.  In 2006, Dr. Liu was appointed to the faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Medicine.


Research Interests

Dr. Liu's research focuses on the roles of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs), including microRNAs and long non-coding RNAs, in pulmonary inflammation, injury and repair. The goals are: to identify specific ncRNAs that are involved in these pathological pulmonary conditions; to determine the mechanisms by which specific ncRNAs regulate the pathogenesis and progression of these diseases; and to explore the therapeutic potentials of specific pathological in treating pulmonary diseases.


Key Publications

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

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

de Freitas A, Banerjee S, Xie N, Cui H, Davis KI, Friggeri A, Fu M, Abraham E, Liu G.  Identification of TLT2 as a receptor for efferocytosis. J Immunol. 2012;188(12):6381-8

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

Liu G, Friggeri A, Yang Y, Park YJ, Tsuruta Y, Abraham E.  miR-147, a microRNA  that is induced upon Toll like receptor stimulation, regulates macrophage inflammatory responses. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2009;106(37):15819-24


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