Sha LiuVisiting Fellow
Sha Liu is an associate professor ＆ associate chief physician in the Psychiatry Department at 1st Hospital of Shanxi Medical University. She is also a visiting scholar in the lab of Hailiang Huang at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Sha’s research focuses on the early diagnostic and therapeutic biomarkers of schizophrenia, especially on genetics and epigenetics. She has participated in a large-scale screening of circulating miRNAs in Chinese schizophrenia (Wei et al., 2015, American Journal of Psychiatry). Sha even found that together with transcript factors and target genes, some miRNAs could be constructed to a network which showed a good diagnostic value of schizophrenia (Liu et al., 2017, Translational Psychiatry). As a psychiatrist, she wants to make more effort on translational psychiatry which can help more patients. Sha earned her Ph.D. from the Institute of Mental Health at Peking University, supervised by Professor Xin Yu. She also received scientific training in the state key lab for Molecular Biology at Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.