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Iris H. Liu, BA

Iris H. Liu, BA

MD Candidate at UCSF
Class of 2021

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  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; BA in Biology, 2016
  • UCSF School of Medicine; MD Candidate, 2021
  • Kratz Lab
  • Bivona Lab
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Oncology
  • Computational biology
  • Mechanisms of recurrence
  • Mechanisms of resistance
  • Patient-derived organoids
  • Translational oncology
  • Tumor evolution
  • Tumor heterogeneity

Iris H. Liu, BA graduated in 2016 from Dartmouth College, where she majored in Biology and minored in Applied Ethics. At Dartmouth, she worked as an HHMI scholar in the laboratory of Alan Eastman, PhD to study the role of Chk1 signaling in cancer. Prior to starting medical school, she worked in the laboratory of Calvin Kuo, MD, PhD at Stanford, where she helped develop novel techniques for culturing patient-derived 3D tumor organoids.

At UCSF, she has further developed her interests in translational oncology and is working in the Kratz lab to elucidate the molecular basis of recurrence risk in resected, early-stage NSCLC. She is also working in Trever Bivona's lab to study mechanisms of acquired resistance to targeted therapy and immunotherapy in advanced NSCLC.

  • Summer Intern Scholarship, American Association of Thoracic Surgery, Scanlan International Inc.
  1. Liu IH, Ford JM, Kunz PL. DNA-repair defects in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors and potential clinical applications. Cancer Treatment Reviews. Mar 2016; 44:1-9.
  2. Liu IH, Kunz PL. Biologics in gastrointestinal and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology. Jun 2017; 8:457-465.
  1. Liu IH, Eastman AR. Teaching an old drug new tricks: Sensitizing cancer cell lines to 5-fluorouracil by inhibition of the cell cycle checkpoint kinase 1. Poster presented at the Wetterhahn Science Symposium, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH May 2016
  2. Liu IH, Neal JT, Zemek AJ, Kunz PL, Kuo CJ. Patient-derived organoids as an in vitro model of neuroendocrine tumors. Travel grant recipient; Poster presented at the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society Symposium, Austin, TX. Oct 2015
  3. Liu IH, Ford JM, Kunz PL. DNA-repair defects in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors and potential clinical applications. Poster presented at the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society Symposium, Nashville, TN. Oct. 2014

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