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Yu Liu, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Office: (585) 276-3562

Fax: (585) 461-4352

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Dr. Liu completed his pre- and post-doctoral training at Vanderbilt School of Medicine before taking the assistant professor position at the University of Rochester. As an HIV/AIDS epidemiologist, Dr.Liu's research can be broadly summarized as employing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to investigate various determinants of HIV transmission, the cascade of HIV care, and HIV-related biopsychosocial vulnerabilities among high-risk populations, such as men who have sex with men (MSM).

Dr. Liu is a keen collaborator with desirable experience working with community-based organizations and researchers both domestically and internationally. His prior work mostly focused on testing community-based prevention interventions,assessing risk factors associated with HIV infection, and exploring barriers/facilitators in key stages of the continuum of HIV care (e.g. HIV testing, linkage to and engagement in HIV care, antiretroviral therapy initiation and retention) among Chinese men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSW), and people who inject drugs (PWID). Dr. Liu has produced more than two dozen peer-review publications and one book chapter in this research arena during 2013-2017.

Dr. Liu's ongoing research reflects strong interests in employing mixed-methods and implementation science concepts to develop, test and implement innovative community-based prevention interventions to reduce HIV transmission and enhance HIV care presentation. This broadly includes:
(1) Repeated HIV testing with rapid linkage-to-care (HIV+) or pre-exposure prophylaxis (HIV- but high-risk portfolios);
(2) Self-efficacy and skills in HIV disclosure, sero-discussion, and safer sex negotiation to prevent HIV acquisition;
(3) Psychological and mental health problems (depression, anxiety, stress, etc.) as a result of HIV stigma or social-environmental risk factors (homelessness, violence, food insecurity, etc.) that may deteriorate HIV outcomes;
(4) Geriatric outcomes (quality of life, social support, cognitive functioning) among PLWH in the era of combination antiretroviral therapy, and methods of improving such outcomes in the context of HIV and aging.



BSc | China - South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou
Pharmaceutical Sciences

MPH | George Washington University

PhD | Vanderbilt University

Amos Christie Chair Endowed Post-doctoral Research Fellow | Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
HIV epidemiology and Global Health


National Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Early Stage Investigator Travel Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Center for AIDS Research
Location: Washington, DC

2015 - 2017
Amos Christie Chair Endowment Global Health Fellowship
Sponsor: Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
Location: Nashville, Tennessee

The Mentoring Day Training Fellowship Award
Sponsor: CFAR Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network
Location: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

2011 - 2015
Pre-doctoral Student Fellowship in Epidemiology
Sponsor: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Location: Nashville, Tennessee

2010 - 2011
Capacity Building Research Fellowship
Sponsor: Sun Yat-sen Center for Migrant Health Policy
Location: Guangzhou, China

Award for Excellence in MPH Practicum Internship
Location: Washington, DC

Award for Excellence in Graduation Research Thesis
Sponsor: South China Agricultural University
Location: Guangzhou, China

2003 - 2007
Award for Excellence in Academic Performance
Sponsor: South China Agricultural University
Location: Guangzhou, China

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Journal Articles

Zhang C, Penson DF, Qian HZ, Webb GF, Lou J, Shephard BE, Liu Y, Vermund SH. "Modeling economic and epidemiological impact of voluntary medical male circumcision among men who have sex with men in Beijing, China." International journal of STD & AIDS.. 2019 Mar 19; :956462419831859. Epub 2019 Mar 19.

Liu Y, Silenzio VMB, Nash R, Luther P, Bauermeister J, Vermund SH, Zhang C. "Suboptimal recent and regular HIV testing among Black men who have sex with men in the United States: Implications from a meta-analysis." Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes : JAIDS.. 2019 Feb 27; Epub 2019 Feb 27.

Carlucci JG, Liu Y, Friedman H, Pelayo BE, Robelin K, Sheldon EK, Clouse K, Vermund SH. "Attrition of HIV-exposed infants from early infant diagnosis services in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis." Journal of the International AIDS Society.. 2018 Nov 0; 21(11):e25209.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Non-injecting drug users, Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
Book Title: Encyclopedia of AIDS
Author List: Yu Liu, Sten H. Vermund
Published By: Springer science & business media 2017