Lucy Liaw, PhD


Professor of Medicine



BS, Biology, University of Arizona
PhD, Biological Structure, University of Washington, Seattle
Postdoctoral Training, Vanderbilt University


Campus: MMCRI, Scarborough, ME
Laboratory: 20325 & 20326

Contact Information

Office Phone: 207-396-8142
Lab Phone: 207-396-8177
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology


Research Synopsis

My laboratory has extensive experience studying signaling in vascular disease, with an emphasis on smooth muscle biology during injury and pathology. Recently, we extended our focus to include study of perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT), which is essential in providing a specialized microenvironment for blood vessels. PVAT is contiguous with the vascular adventitia, providing a local source of secreted adipokines that act directly on the vessel wall. Our research vision is to characterize the molecular changes that occur in PVAT and the underlying blood vessel during metabolic dysfunction, which collectively lead to susceptibility to cardiovascular disease. We aim to translate this understanding by testing human PVAT and blood vessels to validate biomarkers of vascular disease susceptibility, identify novel therapeutic targets, and gain mechanistic understanding of PVAT dysfunction. Our discoveries will provide innovative advances for cardiovascular science and clinical care.


Lab Members

Joshua Boucher, Staff ScientistSend an e-mail 
Jessica Davis-Knowlton, PhD Student in Cellular, Molecular & Developmental Biology  Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Anne E Harrington, Technology Manager Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Terry Henderson, Research Associate Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Larissa Ryzhova, Scientific Manager Send an e-mail
Jacqueline Turner, Postbaccalaureate Research Intern Send an e-mail Lab Research Page

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research