Dr. Liu obtained her BS and MS degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 1994 and 1997. She obtained a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 2002. Her dissertation work focused on the design and testing of ultrasound techniques and nano-mechanics models for cancer diagnosis and early detection. After completing her doctoral training, Dr. Liu started a Research Scientist position at OSU Department of Ophthalmology to develop novel techniques for characterizing ocular tissue biomechanics. During the same time, she held an appointment at OSU Department of Veterinary Biosciences where she developed nanoparticle agents for ultrasonic imaging of cancer. In 2005, Dr. Liu started a tenure-track position at OSU Department of Biomedical Engineering. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2012, and Full Professor in 2017. Dr. Liu has closely collaborated with clinicians and her work has been published in both engineering and medical journals. Dr. Liu has served as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (two R01s, PI; one R01, Co-I), the National Science Foundation (NSEC, Co-I), the American Health Assistant Foundation (PI), the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (PI), and the Columbus Foundation (PI). Dr. Liu has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Biomedical Engineering, and has served as a research adviser for graduate, undergraduate, and medical students. Dr. Liu’s current research interests focus on the role of biomechanics in ocular diseases and health, and her laboratory has developed advanced high-frequency ultrasound techniques to characterize 3D and in vivo biomechanical properties of ocular tissue.


Ocular biomechanics, high-frequency ultrasound elastography, ocular tissue mechanical testing, bioimaging, glaucoma biomechanics, corneal biomechanics, optic nerve head biomechanics, scleral biomechanics, intraocular pressure