Vanderbilt University
Institute of Imaging Science

Yang Liu, Ph.D.

Laboratory Manager

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My research includes the evaluation of new molecular probes for cancer imaging. And I am fascinated with the photodynamic therapy and the clinic transformation.


Ongoing research projects include the evaluation new molecular probes for diagnostic imaging and therapy, particularly fluorescence imaging agents and PSs with the ultimate goal of moving our basic science discoveries to the clinic.


Liu Y, Qin Z, Cai L, Zou L, Zhao J, Zhong F. Selection of internal references for qRT-PCR assays of human hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines. Biosci Rep. 2017 Nov 27.

Cai L, Tu J, Song L, Gao Z, Li K, Wang Y, Liu Y, Zhong F, Ge R, Qin J, Ding C, He F. Proteome-wide mapping of endogenous SUMOylation sites in mouse testis. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2017 Mar 13.

Liu Y, Ying W, Ren Z, Gu W, Zhang Y, Yan G, Yang P, Liu Y, Yin X, Chang C, Jiang J, Fan F, Zhang C, Xu P, Wang Q, Wen B, Lin L, Wang T, Du C, Zhong J, Wang T, He QY, Qian X, Lou X, Zhang G, Zhong F. Chromosome 8-coded proteome of Chinese Chromosome Proteome Data Set (CCPD) 2.0 with partial immunohistochemical verifications. J Proteome Res. 2014 Jan 3;13(1):126-136.

Wang C*, Liu Y*, Chang C, Wu S, Gao J, Zhang Y, Chen Y, Zhong F, Deng G. Human fallopian tube proteome shows high coverage of mesenchymal stem cells associated proteins. Biosci Rep. 2016 Jan 12;36(1): e00297.

Yun Zeng*, Yang Liu*, Jin Shang, Jingwen Ma, Rong Wang, Lei Deng, Youmin Guo, Fan Zhong, Mingfeng Bai, Shaojuan Zhang, and Daocheng Wu. Phosphorescence Monitoring of Hypoxic Microenvironment in Solid-Tumors to Evaluate Chemotherapeutic Effects Using the Hypoxia-Sensitive Iridium (III) Coordination Compound. PLOS ONE. 2015;10(3): e0121293. (*as co-first authors)