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Researcher | Research Overview

Dr. Liu' research has been focused on nutritional status and its association with health outcomes, with emphasis on child and HIV-infected populations.

  1. Randomized controlled trials of micronutrient supplementation (e.g. multivitamins, zinc) and child nutritional status, morbidity, and mortality.
  2. Practice of exclusive breastfeeding by HIV-infected mothers and its relationships to infant growth, morbidity, and death.
  3. Nutritional status and morbidity and treatment outcomes among HIV-infected patients on anti-retroviral therapy.

Researcher | Research Background

Dr. Liu has a broad background in medicine, biostatistics and epidemiology with specific training and expertise in nutritional epidemiology. Within extensive experience in study design and statistical methods, she has been involved in several large observational cohorts and randomized controlled trials. She performed tremendous data analysis based these studies, with emphasis on dietary and nutritional factors, and their associations with health outcomes in adults and children. Her efforts in the field have resulted in dozens of publications in peer reviewed scientific journals.

Besides research efforts, Dr. Liu is also responsible for training and mentoring of clinical staff, fellows, and junior faculty on statistical methods and data analysis, both through didactic lectures and individualized instruction. She has travelled multiple times to Tanzania to provide educational courses and on-site guidance on study design and data management and analysis to local researchers.

Researcher | Publications