Yong Liu, PhD

Associate Research Professor, Physiology
Research Interests

I am a molecular biologist and a bioinformatician. My research focuses on using techniques of molecular biology, cellular biology, and bioinformatics to systematically study complex interactions of the biological system. My current work involves 1). regulatory RNA, such as microRNAs and lncRNAs, 2). epigenetic and epigenomic mechanism such as DNA methylation, chromatin conformation, and 3). genomic data analysis in hypertension, cardiovascular and renal disease.


  • 1996 BS Agronomy - Sichuan Agricultural University,
  • 2001 MS Biochemistry/Molecular Biology - Sichuan Agricultural University
  • 2005 PhD Genetics Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2009 Post-Doctoral Physiology - Medical College of Wisconsin
  • 2016 MS Bioinformatics - Marquette University
Publication Highlights

Liu, Y., Usa, K., Wang, F., Liu, P., Geurts, AM., Li, J., Williams, AM., Regner, KR., Kong,Y., Liu, H., Nie, J., Liang, M. (2018) MicroRNA-214-3p in the kidney contributes to thedevelopment of hypertension. J Am Soc Nephrol, 29(10):2518-2528. PMCID:PMC6171279

Mishra, MK., Liang, EY., Geurts, AM., Auer, PWL., Liu, P., Rao, S., Greene, AS., Liang,M.*, Liu, Y.* (2020) Comparative and Functional Genomic Resource for MechanisticStudies of Human Blood Pressure-Associated Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms.Hypertension, 75(3):859-868. *joint Corresponding Authors. PMID: 31902252

Widlansky, ME.*, Liu, Y.*, Tumusiime, S.*, Hofeld, B., Khan, N., Aljadah, M., Wang, J.,Anger, A., Qiu, Q., Therani, B., Liu, P., Liang, M. (2023) Coronary Plaque SamplingReveals Molecular Insights Into Coronary Artery Disease. Circ Res. 2023 Aug 4;. doi:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.123.323022. [Epub ahead of print]. *co-first authors. PMID:37539553