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Julie Liu

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Assistant Professor
B.S.E. Princeton University, M.S. and Ph.D. California Institute of Technology

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(765) 494-1935

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Prof. Liu's research focuses on developing protein-based biomaterials for application in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Prof. Liu has developed a family of recombinant proteins that incorporate structural repeats to confer mechanical properties and bioactive domains to elicit the desired cell response. To fully utilize these proteins in tissue engineering applications, her research has investigated the relationship between amino acid sequence and subsequent function.

Selected Publications:

J.N. Renner, Y. Kim, K.M. Cherry, and J.C. Liu, “Modular Cloning and Protein Expression of Long, Repetitive Resilin-based Proteins,” Protein Expression and Purification, 82, 90-96 (2012).

J.N. Renner, K.M. Cherry†, R.S.-C. Su†, and J.C. Liu, “Characterization of Resilin-based Materials for Tissue Engineering Applications,” Biomacromolecules, 13, 3678-3685 (2012). †These authors contributed equally.

J.N. Renner, Y. Kim, and J.C. Liu, “Bone Morphogenetic Protein-derived Peptide Promotes Chondrogenic Differentiation of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells,” Tissue Engineering Part A, 18, 2581-2589 (2012).

J.N. Renner, H.N. Emady, R.J. Galas, R. Zhang, C.D. Baertsch, and J.C. Liu, “Analyzing the Function of Cartilage Replacements: A Laboratory Activity to Teach High School Students Chemical and Tissue Engineering Concepts,” Chemical Engineering Education, 47, 99-106 (2013).

J.N. Renner and J.C. Liu, “Investigating the Effect of Peptide Agonists on the Chondrogenic Differentiation of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Using Design of Experiments,” Biotechnology Progress, 29, 1550-1557 (2013).

R.S.-C. Su, J.N. Renner, and J.C. Liu, “Synthesis and Characterization of Recombinant Abductin-based Proteins,” Biomacromolecules, 14, 4301-4308 (2013).

R.J. Galas and J.C. Liu, “Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Does Not Accelerate Endothelial Differentiation of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells,” Journal of Cellular Physiology, 229, 90-96 (2014).

R.J. Galas and J.C. Liu, “Surface Density of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Modulates Endothelial Proliferation and Differentiation,” Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, 115, 111-120 (2014).

R.S.-C. Su†, Y. Kim†, and J.C. Liu, “Resilin: Protein-based Elastomeric Biomaterials,” Acta Biomaterialia, 10, 1601-1611 (2014). †These authors contributed equally.

Y. Kim, J.N. Renner, and J.C. Liu, “Incorporating the BMP-2 Peptide in Genetically-engineered Biomaterials Accelerates Osteogenic Differentiation,” Biomaterials Science, in press, doi:10.1039/C3BM60333D (2014).

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