Bo Liu, PhD


  • Division of Vascular Surgery
(608) 263-5931

Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) BLDG. 1485
1111 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705-2275


  • MS, Biology, Beijing University, Beijing, China, 1986
  • PhD, Biochemistry, SUNY Downstate, New York, NY, 1993
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Signal transduction; protein degradation, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1994-1996
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Transcription regulation; signal transduction, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 1996-1999

Research Interests

The primary focus of Dr. Liu’s research is the biology of blood vessels. Specifically, Dr. Liu and her trainees study the cellular and molecular pathologies of restenosis and abdominal aortic aneurysm, two common vascular disorders that are in critical need of effective pharmacological treatments. Their experimental approach combines in vitro molecular and biochemical methodologies with transgenic, gene knockout, adenoviral and surgical technologies. Current research topics include cell apoptosis, programmed necrosis, vascular inflammation, progenitor cell recruitment, as well as matrix biology. Additional research interests are gene therapy and nanotechnology. To effectively study human disease, Dr. Liu has established productive collaborations with basic scientists and clinicians from a wide range of scientific and medical disciplines. Dr. Liu is also a devoted mentor, whose lab environment fosters creative thinking, multidisciplinary approaches, independence, and collaboration.

Dr. Bo Liu’s Lab

Recent Publications

  • Thrombospondin-1 in vascular development, vascular function, and vascular disease.
    Liu B, Yang H, Song YS, Sorenson CM, Sheibani N
    Semin Cell Dev Biol 2023 Jul 26;
    [PubMed ID: 37507331]

  • Single-cell RNA sequencing provides novel insights to pathologic pathways in abdominal aortic aneurysm.
    Bontekoe J, Liu B
    Front Cardiovasc Med 2023; 10: 1172080
    [PubMed ID: 37288252]

  • Thrombosis in the pathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysm.
    Bontekoe J, Matsumura J, Liu B
    JVS Vasc Sci 2023; 4: 100106
    [PubMed ID: 37564632]

  • A vein wall cell atlas of murine venous thrombosis determined by single-cell RNA sequencing.
    DeRoo E, Zhou T, Yang H, Stranz A, Henke P, Liu B
    Commun Biol 2023 Jan 31; 6(1): 130
    [PubMed ID: 36721040]

  • Investigating the role of receptor interacting protein kinase 3 in venous thrombosis.
    DeRoo E, Khoury M, Zhou T, Yang H, Stranz A, Luke C, Henke P, Liu B
    JVS Vasc Sci 2022; 3: 365-378
    [PubMed ID: 36568281]

All Publications on PubMed