Qian (Vivian) Liu

Assistant Professor

T: 514 398 7985  |  qian.liu3 [at] mcgill.ca (Email)  |  Parasitology Building, P-040


BSc (The Ocean University of China)
PhD (Washington State University)

Short Bio

Dr. Liu obtained her PhD in Infectious Diseases and Immunology from Washington State University in 2014.  She performed postdoctoral research in super-resolution microscopy at the University of British Columbia from 2016 to 2020. Dr. Liu joined McGill University as an Assistant Professor at Institute of Parasitology in 2020.

Research Interests

Virus biogenesis and infection: Viruses rely on their host for survival and replication. A virus must enter a cell, replicate, assemble, and release, and each stage involves specific virus-host interactions. Dr. Liu's study focuses on the role of the cellular membrane system in virus entry, replication and escape.

Virus and extracellular vesicles: Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are membrane-enclosed entities produced by cells at for cell-cell communication. They carry proteins and mRNAs, and release them to adjacent cells by direct membrane fusion. Viruses can use EVs to establish and maintain infections. Dr. Liu’s study focuses on how viruses use EVs for biogenesis and spread in the host.

Super-resolution microscopy: Super-resolution microscopy enables the analysis of viral and cellular processes at a resolution of 2-10 fold higher than conventional fluorescence microscopy. Dr. Liu’s research is powered by custom-built, state-of-art super-resolution microscopes. 

Dr. Liu is looking for highly motivated graduate students. Please send your CV to qian.liu3 [at] mcgill.ca.
Publications: Google Scholar

Select Publications

Q. Liu, L. Chen, H. C. Aguilar and K. C. Chou (2018) A stochastic assembly model for Nipah virus revealed by super-resolution microscopy Nat Commun 9: 3050

Q. Liu, J. A. Stone, B. Bradel-Tretheway, J. Dabundo, J. A. Benavides Montano, J. Santos-Montanez, S. B. Biering, A. V. Nicola, R. M. Iorio, X. Lu and H. C. Aguilar (2013) Unraveling a three-step spatiotemporal mechanism of triggering of receptor-induced Nipah virus fusion and cell entry PLoS Pathog 9: e1003770

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