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Xiaohua Liu

LiuAssistant 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 (2002-2010)

Ph.D., Polymer Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2002)

B.E., Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (1997)

Teaching Interests

Nano-Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine (Course Director)

Cell and Molecular Biology of Oral and Craniofacial Tissues II (Co-Course Director)

Dental Materials

Research Interests

Each year millions of people suffer from tissue loss or organ failure, which costs billions of dollars for health care. Tissue engineering offers a promising approach for new tissue and organ regeneration. Canonical tissue engineering strategy includes cells, bioactive molecules, and scaffolds. A scaffold is an artificial extracellular matrix (ECM) and plays a crucial role to guide cell adhesion, proliferation, differentiation and tissue formation. However, one of the major challenges in tissue engineering is to develop cell-inductive scaffolding biomaterials that provide the desirable microenvironment to promote neo tissue regeneration. 

The research in my lab focuses on the development of new biomaterials and technologies for tissue regeneration. Specifically, we are interested in 1) Design and synthesis of new biomaterials and controlled drug delivery; 2) Development of injectable scaffolding systems; 3) Exploration of cell-matrix interactions in 3D; and 4) Regeneration of dental and craniofacial tissues.

Selected Publications

Publications selected from 35 peer-reviewed papers

  1. Sun Y, Jiang Y, Liu Q, Gao T, Feng JQ, Dechow P, D’Souza RN, Qin C, and Liu X. “Biomimetic engineering of nanofibrous gelatin scaffolds with noncollagenous proteins for enhanced bone regeneration” Tissue Engineering Part A 2013 (Published online ahead of print), DOI: 10.1089/ten.tea.2012.0567, PMID: 23469769
  2. Sachar A, Strom A, Miguel S, Serrano M, Svoboda, KH, and Liu X. “Cell-matrix and cell-cell interactions of human gingival fibroblasts on 3D nanofibrous gelatin matrices” Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (Published online ahead of print), DOI: 10.1002/term.1588,  PMID: 22888047
  3. Sachar A, Strom A, Serrano M, Benson MD, Opperman LA, Svoboda KH, Liu X. “Osteoblasts responses to three-dimensional nanofibrous gelatin scaffolds” Journal of Biomedical Material Research, Part A, 2012, 100A:3029-3041.  PMID: 22707234, NIHMSID: 393653
  4. Strom TA, Arora A, Osborn B, Karim N, Komabayashi T, and Liu X. “Endodontic release system for apexification using  calcium hydroxide microspheres” Journal of Dental Research, 2012, 91(11): 1055-1059,  PMID: 22914537
  5. Xiaohua Liu, Xiaobing Jin, and Peter X. Ma. “Nanofibrous hollow microspheres self-assembled from star-shaped polymers as injectable cell carriers for knee repair” Nature Materials, 2011, 10(5):398-406. PMCID: PMC3080435.   {Highlighted by Nano Today  (2011) 225-226 “Injectable nanofibrous microspheres help new tissue growth” and Materials Today (June 2011)  “In [k]need of microspheres”}
  6. Xiaohua Liu and Peter X. Ma. “The nanofibrous architecture of poly(L-lactic acid)-based functional copolymers” Biomaterials, 2010, 31(2): 259-269. PMCID: PMC2783301
  7. Xiaohua Liu, Laura A. Smith, Jiang Hu, and Peter X. Ma. “Biomimetic nanofibrous gelatin/apatite composite scaffolds for bone tissue engineering” Biomaterials, 2009, 30(12): 2252-2258. PMCID: PMC2679864

  8. Xiaohua Liu and Peter X. Ma. “Phase separation, pore structure, and properties of nanofibrous gelatin scaffolds” Biomaterials, 2009, 30(25): 4094-4103. PMCID: PMC2744837

  9. Xiaohua Liu, Glenda J. Pettway, Laurie K. McCauley, and Peter X. Ma. “Pulsatile Release of Parathyroid Hormone from an Implantable Delivery System” Biomaterials, 2007, 28(28): 4124-4131. PMCID: PMC2048537

  10. Xiaohua Liu, Youngjun Won, and Peter X. Ma. “Porogen-induced Surface Modification of Nano-fibrous Poly(L-lactic acid) Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering” Biomaterials. 2006, 27(21): 3980-3987. PMID: 16580063

Book chapters

  1. Zhe Li and Xiaohua Liu. In: Shunsheng Cao (Principal Editor) Frontiers in Biomaterials: the Design, Synthetic Strategies and Biocompatibility of Polymer Scaffolds for Biomedical Application (2013)
  2. Xiaohua Liu, Tiejun Qu, Ashneet Sachar, and Kathy K.H. Svoboda. Chapter 5, In: Ajaykuma Vishwakarma, Paul Sharpe, Songtao Shi, Xiuping Wang, and Murugan Ramalingam (Editors) Stem Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering in Dental Sciences (2013)
  3. Jiang Hu, Xiaohua Liu, and Peter X. Ma, Biomineralization and Bone Regeneration. Chapter 40, In: Anthony Atala, Robert Lanza, James A. Thomson, and Robert M. Nerem (Editors) Principles of Regenerative Medicine. 2nd Edition, Elsevier (2011).
  4. Xiaohua Liu, Ian Smith, and Peter X. Ma. Biomimetic Nanophase Materials to Promote New Tissue Formation for Tissue Engineering Applications. (Chapter 14)  In: D.A. Puleo and R. Bizios, eds., Biological Interactions on Materials Surfaces.  Springer, 2009.
  5. Ian Smith, Xiaohua Liu, Laura Smith, and Peter X. Ma.  Nano-fibrous and Nano-composite Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering.  Wiley Interdisciplinary Review (Nanomedicine), 2008.
  6. Jiang Hu, Xiaohua Liu, and Peter X. Ma.  Biomineralization and Bone Regeneration. (Chapter 43)  In: Anthony Atala, Robert Lanza, James A. Thomson, and Robert M. Nerem, eds., Principles of Regenerative Medicine.  Elsevier, 2007.
  7. Peng Wang, Guoboa Wei, Xiaohua Liu, and Peter X. Ma.  Bio-inspired Nanomaterials.  (Chapter 14).  In: W. Zhou and Z.L. Wang, eds., Advanced Scanning Microscopy for Nanotechnology - Techniques and Applications.  Springer, 2007.
  8. Xiaohua Liu, Shobana Shanmugasundaram, and Treena Livingston Arinzeh.  Polymeric Materials.  In: John G. Webster, ed., Encyclopedia of Medical Devices and Instrumentation, 2nd edition, Vol. 5, 387-392, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2006. 

National Service/Recognition


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Patent Application Initial Award (2010)

Changxing Graduate Scholarship (2000-2001)

GuangHua Graduate Scholarship (1997-1998)

Aptitude Student Award of Tsinghua University (1993-1997)

Last edited by: jsantacruz 03/11/2015

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