Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pharmacology

Huiping  Liu, MD, PhD

Huiping Liu, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)



Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center Room 5-119
303 E Superior
Chicago IL 60611

huiping.liu( at )

Education and Certification

MD: Fourth Military Medical University, China (1995)
PhD: University of Chicago, Biomedical Sciences (2006)


Description of Interests

The Liu lab studies the molecular mechanisms underlying cancer stem cells (CSCs) and metastasis through four ongoing interactive basic and translational research projects: (1) to understand CSCs in metastasis using cutting-edge single cell sequencing and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technologies; (2) to image CSC behavior and interactions with immune cells during metastasis using bioluminescence imaging and intravital imaging systems; (3) to target CSCs with novel therapeutics delivered by exosomes and nanoparticles; (4) to develop circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and circulating exosome-based biomarkers for cancer diagnosis, treatment monitoring, and prognosis.

Interests (Keywords)

Breast Cancer; Cancer Biology; Cell Adhesion Mechanisms; Cell Imaging; Circulation; Immune Regulation; MicroRNA; Nanotechnology

Research and Publications

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