Yong-Jun Liu, MD, PhD is vice president and chief scientific officer, Baylor Research Institute; and director, Baylor Institute for Immunology Research.
Dr. Liu joined the institute from a leadership position with Houston’s University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and is known worldwide as an expert in immunology, particularly the function of immune cells that are central to fighting cancer.
His 25 years of research has focused on human immunology, particularly dendritic cell biology, genomic approaches to the diagnosis of human diseases, the pathophysiology of autoimmune diseases and cancer, and the design of novel vaccines. Dr. Liu has published more than 200 scientific articles during his career, including many in the journals Nature, Science, Cell, Immunity, Nature Immunology and Journal of Experimental Medicine, and is among the top cited scientists in immunology.
Dr. Liu also was honored as the George and Barbara Bush Fellow for Innovative Cancer Research in 2004. He earned his medical degree from Norman Bethune University, Chang Chun, Jilin, China, and his doctorate in immunology from the University of Birmingham School of Medicine.