Department of Medicine

   Dongfang Liu, PHD, MBBS

Associate Professor

Department of Medicine



Dongfang Liu, PhD recently joined the Department of Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine and the
Center for Immunity and
Inflammation as an Associate Professor. In 2012, Dr. Liu was recruited to Baylor College of Medicine as a
tenure-track Assistant Professor in the
Department of Pediatrics and Department of Pathology & Immunology, before joining Houston Methodist
Hospital (a teaching hospital affiliated
with Weill Cornell Medical College) as an assistant professor in 2015. In 2018, Dr. Liu was promoted to an
Associate Professor in Houston
Methodist Research Institute. Dr. Liu did his postdoctoral training on natural killer (NK) cells at the National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases (NIAID) in National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2005 to 2011. After completing the postdoctoral
training, he joined Ragon Institute of
MGH, MIT and Harvard in 2011 as a senior research scientist, where he worked on HIV-specific CTL
dysfunction with a focus on PD-1 in HIV-
specific CTLs. Dr. Liu?s current research is primarily focused on the immunobiology of chimeric antigen
receptor (CAR) T and NK cells,
immunoreceptors, CAR immunotherapy, and HIV-specific CTLs in chronic HIV and its related malignancies,
with a focus on immunological
synapse biology and its clinical applications. Dr. Liu?s research is supported by several NIH grants, including
an R01 and three R21 grants.


PHD, 2005, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Hubei, China
MBBS, 2001, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Hubei, China

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