LiuAssociate Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
3302 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75246
Phone: 214-370-7007
Fax: 214-874-4538
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Education and Post-Graduate Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship,  Biologic and Materials Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2010)
  • Ph.D., Polymer Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2002)
  • B.E., Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (1997)

Career History

  • Associate Professor, Texas A&M College of Dentistry (2016 - present)
  • Assistant Professor,  Baylor College of Dentistry/Texas A&M College of Dentistry (2010 - 2016)

Teaching Interests

  • Nano-Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine (Course Director)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology of Oral and Craniofacial Tissues II (Co-Course Director)
  • Responsible Conduct in Biomedical Research (Co-course Director)
  • Microscopy, Imaging, and Associated Techniques (Co-course Director)

Research Interests

The research in my lab focuses on the development of bio-inspired materials and nanotechnologies for tissue regeneration and controlled drug delivery. Specifically, we are interested in 1) Design and synthesis of novel biomaterials and bio-responsive drug delivery systems; 2) Building biomimetic 3D platforms to control stem cell fates; and 3) Regeneration of dental and craniofacial tissues.

Recent Grants

  • NIH/NIDCR DE024979                                                          Liu (PI)          7/1/2016 - 6/30/2021
  • NIH/NIDCR DE019463                                                          Liu (Co-I)     7/17/2017-4/30/2022
  • CPRIT RP170179                                                                    Liu (Co-PI)      8/16/2017-8/15/2020
  • TAMU-T3                                                                                 Liu (PI)            4/1/2018-3/31/2020
  • NIH/NIDCR DE22838                                                            Liu (PI)           6/1/2013 - 5/31/2016
  • NIH/NIDCR  DE024343 (completed)                                   Liu (PI)           8/5/2014 - 6/31/2015
  • TAMU-Weizmann Collaborative Program (Israel)            Liu (PI)           9/1/2012 - 8/31/2016

Selected Publications

  1. Ma C, Chang B, Jing Y, Kim H, and Liu X (2018). “Bio-inspired micropatterned platforms recapitulate 3D physiological morphologies of bone and dentinal cells” Advanced Sciences
  2. Chang B, Ma C, and Liu X (2018). “Nanofibers regulate single bone marrow stem cell osteogenesis via FAK/RhoA/YAP1 pathway” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  3. Hu Z, Ma C, Rong X, Zou S, and Liu X (2018). “Immunomodulatory ECM-like microspheres for accelerated bone regeneration in diabetes mellitus” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10:2377-2390. PMID: 29280610.
  4. Ma C, Qu T, Chang B, Jing Y, Feng JQ, and Liu X. (2018) “3D maskless micropatterning for regeneration of highly organized tubular tissues” Advanced Healthcare Materials, 7: 1700738, PMCID: PMC5803393.
  5. Chang B, Ahuja N, Ma C, and Liu X. (2017) “Injectable scaffolds for dental and craniofacial regeneration” Materials Science & Engineering R: Reports, 111:1-26. PMCID: PMC5478172.
  6. Li X, Ma C, Xie X, Sun H, and Liu X. (2016) “Pulp regeneration in a full-length human tooth root using a hierarchical nanofibrous microsphere system" Acta Biomaterialia35:57-67, PMID: 26931056.
  7. Chen F and Liu X. (2016) “Advancing biomaterials of human origin for tissue engineering” Progress in Polymer Science, 53:86-168, PMCID: PMC4808059.
  8. Ma C, Jing Y, Sun H, and Liu X. (2015) "Hierarchical nanofibrous microsphere with controlled growth factor delivery for bone regeneration" Advanced Healthcare Materials, 4: 2699-2708, PMCID: PMC4715540
  9. Qu T, Jing J, Ren Y, Ma C, Feng J, Yu Q, and Liu X. (2015)  “Complete pulpodentin complex regeneration by modulating the stiffness of biomimetic matrix” Acta Biomaterialia, 16: 60-70, NIHMS ID: NIHMS 661877.
  10. Li Z, Qu T, Ding C, Ma C, Sun H, Li S, and Liu X. (2015) “Injectable gelatin derivative hydrogels with sustained vascular endothelial growth factor release for induced angiogenesis” Acta Biomaterialia, 13:88-100.  PMCID: PMC4293253.
  11. Qu T, Jing J, Jiang Y, Taylor RJ, Feng JQ, Geiger B, Liu X. (2014) “Magnesium-containing nano-structured hybrid scaffolds for enhanced dentin regeneration” Tissue Engineering Part A 20:2422-2433.  PMCID: PMC4161063.
  12. Sachar A, Strom A, Miguel S, Serrano M, Svoboda, KH, and Liu X. (2014) “Cell-matrix and cell-cell interactions of human gingival fibroblasts on 3D nanofibrous gelatin matrices” Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine8: 862-873. PMID: 22888047.
  13. Qu T, Liu X. (2013) “Nano-structured gelatin/bioactive glass hybrid scaffolds for the enhancement of odontogenic differentiation of human dental pulp stem cells” Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 1:4764-72, PMCID: PMC:3789537.
  14. Strom TA, Arora A, Osborn B, Karim N, Komabayashi T, and Liu X. (2012) “Endodontic release system for apexification using  calcium hydroxide microspheres” Journal of Dental Research, 91: 1055-1059,  PMID: 22914537.

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National Service/Recognition

  • Program chair of Society for Biomaterials Dental/Craniofacial Special Interest Group (2015-Present)
  • Organizer of twelve symposia for Society for Biomaterials (SFB), Tissue Engineering, and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS), IADR/AADR, and American Anatomy Association (AAA) annual meetings (2013-2018)
  • Invited grant reviewer: NIH, Medical Research Council (MRS) of United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and others (2013-Present)
  • Ad hoc reviewer for 33 journals (2013-present)
  • Editorial board member of three journals (2013-present)
  • 24 invited talks (nationally and internationally) (2013-2018)