Dr. Huiping Liu's Lab

New Grant Proposal Winners-Xia Liu and Wenjing Chen!

The month of July 2017 marks the achievements for Liu Cluster! We are celebrating two grant awards won by Xia Liu and Wenjing Chen for their projects. We are very proud to have you both on the team. Best wishes to both for their success in implementing their projects.



Xia Liu, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor (PI) won Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Grant for her research project – the development of patient circulating tumor cell-derived breast cancer xenograft models, and their use for basic cancer research, preclinical drug screening, biomarker discovery and personalized medicine. Congratulations Xia!



Wenjing Chen, M.S. (co-I), an emerging young scientist, leads to winning The Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI) pilot award (PI: Huiping Liu). The funded project is “Epigenetic Modification of Brain Tumor Cells by Reprogramming and Differentiation”. Congratulations Wenjing! Keep it up!

Welcome Visiting Scholar Hengliang Shi and Summer Students Michael Sokolowski, Max Zhang and Natalia Brokate Joinning the Liu Laboratory

Back row (left to right): Dhwani Patel, Rokana Taftaf, Wenjing Chen, Hengliang Shi, Michael Sokolowaski, Andrew Hoffman

Front row (left to right): Golam Kibria, Valery Adorno-Cruz, Erika Ramos, Nurmaa Dashzeveg, Huiping Liu, Xia Liu


Max Zhang





Natalia Brokate

Recent Publications 2016 & 2017

We are pleased to announce publications in the year of 2016 and 2017. Si papers including various lab members of Liu-Cluster as first author or co-author signifies consistent hard work and efforts of team members to put one step forward towards achieving the common goal of improving current Breast cancer treatment. Cheers for Liu-Cluster!

Congratulations to Dr. Liu, Valery, Kibria, Erika, Wenjing, Xia and Nurmaa!

Lab members as first author or last author:
Lathia JD, Liu H. Target Oncol. 2017 Jun 30. doi: 10.1007/s11523-017-0508-3. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 28664387
Samaeekia R, Adorno-Cruz V, Bockhorn J, Chang YF, Huang S, Prat A, Ha N, Kibria G, Huo D, Zheng H, Dalton R, Wang Y, Moskalenko GY, Liu H.
Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Feb 15;23(4):1091-1103. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-16-0943. Epub 2016 Jul 19. PMID: 27435395
Kibria G, Ramos EK, Lee KE, Bedoyan S, Huang S, Samaeekia R, Athman JJ, Harding CV, Lötvall J, Harris L, Thompson CL, Liu H.
Sci Rep. 2016 Nov 7;6:36502. doi: 10.1038/srep36502.
4. New Advances and Challenges of Targeting Cancer Stem Cells

Nurmaa Dashzeveg, Rokana Taftaf, Erika K. Ramos, Luke Torre-Healy, Anastasia Chumakova, Daniel J. Silver, Tyler J. Alban, Maksim Sinyuk, Praveena S. Thiagarajan, Awad M. Jarrar, Soumya Turaga, Caner Saygin, Erin Mulkearns-Hubert, Masahiro Hitomi, Jeremy N. Rich, Stanton Gerson, Justin D. Lathia, Huiping Liu

​Cancer Research (In press, Publishing soon)

Lab members as Co-authors:
Qadir AS, Ceppi P, Brockway S, Law C, Mu L, Khodarev NN, Kim J, Zhao JC, Putzbach W, Murmann AE, Chen Z, Chen W, Liu X, Salomon AR, Liu H, Weichselbaum RR, Yu J, Peter ME.
Cell Rep. 2017 Mar 7;18(10):2373-2386. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2017.02.037.
Yu S, Parameswaran N, Li M, Wang Y, Jackson MW, Liu H, Xin W, Zhou L.
Oncotarget. 2016 Dec 26. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.14194. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 28039465

Lab Picnic 2017

Winning Poster – 2nd Annual Retreat – Department of Pharmacology


We are thrilled to congratulate to one of our brilliant lab members – Golam Kibria, PhD, Research Assistant Professor for winning the first award in poster competition held at the Department of Pharmacology 2nd annual Retreat on June 8th 2017.  We are very proud of his achievement 8 days after he joined Northwestern University. Congratulations Kibria!!


Cancer Moonshot panel discussion

Dr. Liu is part of the Cancer Moonshot Panel Discussion organized by Elsevier last November in Boston.

Cancer Moonshot panel discussion Youtude video



Laboratory Relocation from Case Western Reserve University to Northwestern University

Lab retreat on August 5th at NU school of medicine, Department of Pharmacology and the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

VeloSano 3 — Bike to cure

Dr. Liu, Xia, Valery, Nurmaa and Wenjing participated in the VeloSano 3 2016 to help support the cause.

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