Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
670 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Education and Training
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China, B.S., Telecommunication Engineering, 2003
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN, M.S., Electrical Engineering, 2004
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, 2008
Dr. Liu is a recognized leader in physiological magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, which aims to shed light on brain function and health beyond what is available through conventional anatomic MRI. She has two major lines of research. One area of emphasis is the development and application of MRI techniques for assessing brain perfusion and metabolism in neonates. The other area of Dr. Liu’s focus is the development of MRI techniques to measure vascular reserve in the brain. Her scholarship in these areas is evident in a number of highly cited publications.
neonatal physiological MRI; neonatal brain perfusion and metabolism; hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy; cerebrovascular reactivity
Liu H, Zhang C, Xu J, Jin J, Cheng L, Miao X, Wu Q, Wei Z, Liu P, Lu H, van Zijl PCM, Ross CA, Hua J, Duan W. Huntingtin silencing delays onset and slows progression of Huntington's disease: a biomarker study. Brain. 2021 May 27:awab190.
Lee JK, Liu D, Jiang D, Kulikowicz E, Tekes A, Liu P, Qin Q, Koehler RC, Aggarwal M, Zhang J, Martin LJ. Fractional anisotropy from diffusion tensor imaging correlates with acute astrocyte and myelin swelling in neonatal swine models of excitotoxic and hypoxic-ischemic brain injury. J Comp Neurol. 2021 Jul 1;529(10):2750-2770.
Zhao Y, Liu P, Turner MP, Abdelkarim D, Lu H, Rypma B. The neural-vascular basis of age-related processing speed decline. Psychophysiology. 2021 Jul;58(7):e13845.
Lin Z, Sur S, Liu P, Li Y, Jiang D, Hou X, Darrow J, Pillai JJ, Yasar S, Rosenberg P, Albert M, Moghekar A, Lu H. Blood-Brain Barrier Breakdown in Relationship to Alzheimer and Vascular Disease. Ann Neurol. 2021 Aug;90(2):227-238.
Jiang D, Koehler RC, Liu X, Kulikowicz E, Lee JK, Lu H, Liu P. Quantitative validation of MRI mapping of cerebral venous oxygenation with direct blood sampling: A graded-O2 study in piglets. Magn Reson Med. 2021 Sep;86(3):1445-1453.
Awards and Affiliations
2001 Best Students Awards 3rd place, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
2002 Best Students Awards 2nd place, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
2003 Best Students Awards 1st place, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
2003 Best Thesis Award, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China [2 out of >500 students]
2003 Honor of “Outstanding Graduate”, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
2005 Fellowship, Park Foundation, UT Southwestern medical Center
2006 Student Travel Award, Graduate Student Association, UT Southwestern Medical Center
2010 Young Investigator Award, Gordon Research Conference on In Vivo Magnetic Resonance
2011 Student Stipend Award, 19th Scientific Meeting of International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Montreal, Canada
2012 Student Stipend Award, 20th Scientific Meeting of International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Melbourne, Australia
2013 Student Stipend Award, 21th Scientific Meeting of International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT
2013 The Summa Cum Laude Merit Award, 21th Scientific Meeting of International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT
2013 Junior Fellow, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT
2015 Best Poster Awards 2nd place, ISMRM Perfusion Study Group, Toronto, Canada [Last author]
2018 ISMRM Young Investigator Awards finalist for the W.S. Moore Award, Paris, France [Co-author]
2018 Outstanding Radiology Junior Faculty Research Award, Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University
2019 Best Abstract Award Semi-finalist, ISMRM Pediatric MR study group, Montreal, Canada [Last author]
2019 Best Presentation Award First Place, 4th ICP Network Symposium, Baltimore, MD [Last author]
2021 ISMRM Young Investigator Awards finalist for the I.I. Rabi Award [Co-author]
Grants and Contracts
09/01/18 - 06/30/23
“Assessment of brain oxygen consumption in neonates using MRI”
NIH/NINDS R01 NS109029
Annual Direct Costs: $287,423
Total Direct Costs: $1,282,772
08/16/21 - 07/31/25
“Gas-free cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) MRI in vascular cognitive impairment”
NIH/NIA R01 NS115771-01A1
Annual Direction Costs: $384,588
Total Direction Costs: $1,727,842