Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, USA

Dr. Qin Liu is currently an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Assistant Scientist of the Ocular Genomic Institute (OGI) and Berman-Gund Laboratory (BGL) at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI). Dr. Liu was a trained Ophthalmologist and received her PhD on Molecular Ophthalmology from Peking Union Medical College.  Dr. Liu did her postdoctoral training at the F.M. Kirby Center for Molecular Ophthalmology in the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (UPenn). After her training, Dr. Liu was appointed as Research Associate and Research Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology. At UPenn, Dr. Liu studied RP1 and several other syndromic of inherited retinal degenerations (IRDs). She laid the groundwork for many RP1 studies to follow. In addition, Dr. Liu have made significant discoveries essential for our current understanding of the disease etiology, including the most comprehensive characterization of the mouse photoreceptor sensory cilium proteome as another example. Dr. Liu has precipitated in gene discoveries for several non-syndromic IRDs and syndromic ciliopathies. Dr. Liu moved to Harvard in 2011 as a faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology. At HMS/MEEI, Dr. Liu continues her research focus on improving our understanding of the molecular bases of inherited retinal degenerations using genetic modified animal models and is now focusing on developing therapeutics for IRDs using gene augmentation and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technologies.