Dr. Liu joined the Center for the Study of Itch at Washington University School of Medicine in 2012, after she finished her postdoctoral training in the Department of Neuroscience, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Using genetically modified mouse models and a combination of molecular, cellular, and behavioral techniques, Dr. Liu identified several novel itch receptors mediating non-histaminergic itch. Her discoveries not only reveal a novel mechanism for itch perception, but also open the door to studying both the cause and mechanism of chronic itch. Dr. Liu’s future research interests include understanding how primary sensory neurons detect itch-inducing stimuli, how itch signals are encoded and transmitted in the nervous system, and the molecular and neural pathogenesis of chronic itch conditions. Dr. Liu has been invited to lecture at many universities. She is also the recipient of 2011 Helen B. Taussig Award and 2015 Pew Biomedical Scholar Award.
Mrgprs activation is required for chronic itch conditions in mice
Zhu Y, Hanson CE, Liu Q, Han L. Mrgprs activation is required for chronic itch conditions in mice. Itch (Philadelphia, Pa.). 2017; 2(3). NIHMSID: NIHMS904967 PubMed [journal] PMID: 29577089, PMCID:…
TRPC3 Is Dispensable for β-Alanine Triggered Acute Itch
Dong P, Guo C, Huang S, Ma M, Liu Q*, Luo W* (* co-corresponding). TRPC3 Is Dispensable for β-Alanine Triggered Acute Itch. Scientific reports. 2017; 7(1):13869. PubMed [journal]PMID: 29066740, PMCID:…
A novel TRPM8 agonist relieves dry eye discomfort
Yang JM, Li F, Liu Q, Rüedi M, Wei ET, Lentsman M, Lee HS, Choi W, Kim SJ, Yoon KC. A novel TRPM8 agonist relieves dry eye discomfort. BMC ophthalmology.…
Leaky Gate Model: Intensity-Dependent Coding of Pain and Itch in the Spinal Cord
Sun S, Xu Q, Guo C, Guan Y, Liu Q, Dong X. Leaky Gate Model: Intensity-Dependent Coding of Pain and Itch in the Spinal Cord. Neuron. 2017; 93(4):840-853.e5.NIHMSID: NIHMS845486 PubMed…
Sensory Neurons Co-opt Classical Immune Signaling Pathways to Mediate Chronic Itch.
Oetjen LK, Mack MR, Feng J, Whelan TM, Niu H, Guo CJ, Chen S, Trier AM, Xu AZ, Tripathi SV, Luo J, Gao X, Yang L, Hamilton SL, Wang PL, Brestoff JR, Council ML, Brasington R, Schaffer A, Brombacher F, Hsieh CS, Gereau RW 4th, Miller MJ, Chen ZF, Hu H, Davidson S, Liu Q, Kim BS. Cell. 2017…
Qin Liu named a 2015 Pew Scholar, Congratulations!
Qin Liu is among 22 outstanding young scientists named the 2015 class of Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Congratulations to Qin Liu for her achievement !
Read the news at the Pew Biomedical Scholars.