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

I obtained my BSin Pharmaceutical Science from South China Agricultural University in 2007 and my M.P.H degree from George Washington University in 2009.  After graduating, I worked as a data analyst in the Department of Health's Cancer Registry in Washington, DC, before returning to China in 2010.  While there, I took a research assistant position at the Sun-Yat Center for Migrant Health Policy and participated in a couple of joint projects with the Guangdong CDC, researching HIV/AIDS epidemiology among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Guangzhou.  My research area of interest is HIV/AIDS epidemiology in vulnerable populations in China such as MSM, injection and drug users and children.  I currently investigate the relationship between male circumcision and HIV acquisition among MSM in Beijing with my mentor, Dr. Han-zhu Qian.

Why Vanderbilt?
What attracted me to the Vanderbilt epidemiology program was the way it pairs each student with a mentor working in the student's area of interest.  Moreover, the student is assigned to a research project at the very beginning of the program.  This provides a great opportunity to not only apply what we learn in class to practical research, but also helps us to accumulate research experience from day one.  As well, we have a very reasonable instructor-student ratio, which allows students sufficient advising extremely important for a PhD program.

Students in each class come from diverse backgrounds, which gives us exposure to different thoughts and broadens our horizons.  Instructors are respectful, full of passion, and knowledgeable in the areas they teach.  It is definitely a great experience working and learning with them.  We also have a very pleasant student environment.  Every now and then we will hang out for food, for sports, games, and lots of fun.  I've been here for one year and everything is amazing! 

"Learn eagerly, think independently, and live happily."

Recent Posters and Presentations
Jane Simoni, K.Riveret Amico, Yu Liu, Yuhua Ruan, Han-Zhu Qian, Sten Vermund. Qualitative exploration of experiences with receipt of HIV diagnosis and engagement in HIV care among MSM living with HIV in Beijing China. Accepted by the 8th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence- June 2-4, 2013 Miami

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications
Lu H, Liu Y, Dahiya K, Qian H-Z, Fan W, et al. (2013) Effectiveness of HIV Risk Reduction Interventions among Men who have Sex with Men in China: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 8(8): e72747. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072747

 H-Z Qian, Y-H Ruan, Y Liu, et al. Lower odds of HIV among circumcised men who have sex with men in China and interaction with anal sexual role: A cross-sectional study. Submitted to British Medical Journal in September, 2013 (under review).

YU Liu, Han Z. Qian, Yuhua Ruan, et al. Alcohol Use among Chinese Men Who Have Sex with Men: An Epidemiological Survey, Systematic Review, and Meta-analysis. Submitted to BioMed Research International in October, 2013 (under review)