Wendy F. Liu

Title(s)Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
SchoolSamueli School of Engineering
Address2412 Engineering III
Zot 2730
Irvine CA 92697
Phone(949) 824-1682
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    Regulation of microglia by tissue stiffness and Piezo1 in Alzheimer's disease
    NIH R21AG069067Sep 30, 2020 - Aug 31, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Biophysical regulation of macrophage function
    NIH R01AI151301Sep 22, 2020 - Aug 31, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Mechanical regulation of skin repair and regeneration
    NIH R21AR077288Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Epigenetic regulation of macrophage response to biomaterial implants
    NIH R21EB027840Apr 18, 2019 - Jan 31, 2021
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Mechanochemical regulation of macrophages by the extracellular matrix during wound healing
    NIH R21AI128519Jun 1, 2017 - May 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Engineering Biomaterials to Exert Molecular Control of Immune Cell Function
    NIH DP2DE023319Sep 30, 2012 - Aug 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Stiffness- and Bioactive Factor-Mediated Protection of Self-Assembled Cartilage against Macrophage Challenge in a Novel Co-Culture System. Cartilage. 2022 Jan-Mar; 13(1):19476035221081466. Donahue RP, Link JM, Meli VS, Hu JC, Liu WF, Athanasiou KA. PMID: 35313741; PMCID: PMC9137312.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    2. Multiplexed Detection of Secreted Cytokines at near-Molecular Resolution Elucidates Macrophage Polarization Heterogeneity. Anal Chem. 2022 01 18; 94(2):658-668. Herrera V, Hsu SJ, Naveen VY, Liu WF, Haun JB. PMID: 34936345.
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    3. Characterization of Macrophage and Cytokine Interactions with Biomaterials Used in Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy. Bioengineering (Basel). 2021 Dec 22; 9(1). Veerasubramanian PK, Joe VC, Liu WF, Downing TL. PMID: 35049711; PMCID: PMC8773312.
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    4. Isolation and characterization of porcine macrophages and their inflammatory and fusion responses in different stiffness environments. Biomater Sci. 2021 Nov 23; 9(23):7851-7861. Meli VS, Donahue RP, Link JM, Hu JC, Athanasiou KA, Liu WF. PMID: 34514479; PMCID: PMC8612978.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    5. A Src-H3 acetylation signaling axis integrates macrophage mechanosensation with inflammatory response. Biomaterials. 2021 12; 279:121236. Veerasubramanian PK, Shao H, Meli VS, Phan TAQ, Luu TU, Liu WF, Downing TL. PMID: 34753038; PMCID: PMC8939266.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 3     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    6. Crosstalk Between CD11b and Piezo1 Mediates Macrophage Responses to Mechanical Cues. Front Immunol. 2021; 12:689397. Atcha H, Meli VS, Davis CT, Brumm KT, Anis S, Chin J, Jiang K, Pathak MM, Liu WF. PMID: 34630381; PMCID: PMC8493066.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    7. Mechanically activated ion channel Piezo1 modulates macrophage polarization and stiffness sensing. Nat Commun. 2021 05 31; 12(1):3256. Atcha H, Jairaman A, Holt JR, Meli VS, Nagalla RR, Veerasubramanian PK, Brumm KT, Lim HE, Othy S, Cahalan MD, Pathak MM, Liu WF. PMID: 34059671; PMCID: PMC8167181.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 25     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    8. YAP-mediated mechanotransduction tunes the macrophage inflammatory response. Sci Adv. 2020 12; 6(49). Meli VS, Atcha H, Veerasubramanian PK, Nagalla RR, Luu TU, Chen EY, Guerrero-Juarez CF, Yamaga K, Pandori W, Hsieh JY, Downing TL, Fruman DA, Lodoen MB, Plikus MV, Wang W, Liu WF. PMID: 33277245; PMCID: PMC7717914.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 23     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    9. Biophysical and epigenetic regulation of cancer stemness, invasiveness and immune action. Curr Tissue Microenviron Rep. 2020 Dec; 1(4):277-300. Veerasubramanian PK, Trinh A, Akhtar N, Liu WF, Downing TL. PMID: 33817661; PMCID: PMC8015331.
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    10. Effects of Surface-Bound Collagen-Mimetic Peptides on Macrophage Uptake and Immunomodulation. Front Bioeng Biotechnol. 2020; 8:747. Rowley AT, Meli VS, Wu-Woods NJ, Chen EY, Liu WF, Wang SW. PMID: 32719788; PMCID: PMC7348040.
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    11. Matrix crosslinking enhances macrophage adhesion, migration, and inflammatory activation. APL Bioeng. 2019 Mar; 3(1):016103. Hsieh JY, Keating MT, Smith TD, Meli VS, Botvinick EL, Liu WF. PMID: 31069336; PMCID: PMC6481736.
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    12. Biophysical regulation of macrophages in health and disease. J Leukoc Biol. 2019 08; 106(2):283-299. Meli VS, Veerasubramanian PK, Atcha H, Reitz Z, Downing TL, Liu WF. PMID: 30861205; PMCID: PMC7001617.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 24     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    13. Extracellular Matrix-Based Strategies for Immunomodulatory Biomaterials Engineering. Adv Healthc Mater. 2019 04; 8(8):e1801578. Rowley AT, Nagalla RR, Wang SW, Liu WF. PMID: 30714328; PMCID: PMC7568845.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 27     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    14. Pushing the limits of detection for proteins secreted from single cells using quantum dots. Analyst. 2019 Jan 28; 144(3):980-989. Herrera V, Hsu SJ, Rahim MK, Chen C, Nguyen L, Liu WF, Haun JB. PMID: 30270391; PMCID: PMC6349524.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    15. Control by cell size. Nat Mater. 2018 12; 17(12):1055-1056. Liu WF. PMID: 30470831.
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    16. A Low-Cost Mechanical Stretching Device for Uniaxial Strain of Cells: A Platform for Pedagogy in Mechanobiology. J Biomech Eng. 2018 08 01; 140(8). Atcha H, Davis CT, Sullivan NR, Smith TD, Anis S, Dahbour WZ, Robinson ZR, Grosberg A, Liu WF. PMID: 30003248; PMCID: PMC6056193.
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    17. Incorporation of a Ligand Peptide for Immune Inhibitory Receptor LAIR-1 on Biomaterial Surfaces Inhibits Macrophage Inflammatory Responses. Adv Healthc Mater. 2017 Dec; 6(24). Kim YK, Chu SH, Hsieh JY, Kamoku CM, Tenner AJ, Liu WF, Wang SW. PMID: 29083540; PMCID: PMC5792650.
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    18. Harnessing macrophage plasticity for tissue regeneration. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2017 05 15; 114:193-205. Smith TD, Nagalla RR, Chen EY, Liu WF. PMID: 28449872.
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    19. Differential regulation of macrophage inflammatory activation by fibrin and fibrinogen. Acta Biomater. 2017 01 01; 47:14-24. Hsieh JY, Smith TD, Meli VS, Tran TN, Botvinick EL, Liu WF. PMID: 27662809; PMCID: PMC5426227.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 53     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    20. Regulation of macrophage polarization and plasticity by complex activation signals. Integr Biol (Camb). 2016 09 12; 8(9):946-55. Smith TD, Tse MJ, Read EL, Liu WF. PMID: 27492191; PMCID: PMC5148158.
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    21. Macrophage secretion heterogeneity in engineered microenvironments revealed using a microwell platform. Integr Biol (Camb). 2016 07 11; 8(7):751-60. McWhorter FY, Smith TD, Luu TU, Rahim MK, Haun JB, Liu WF. PMID: 27291691.
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    22. Label-free identification of macrophage phenotype by fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy. J Biomed Opt. 2016 Apr 30; 21(4):46005. Alfonso-García A, Smith TD, Datta R, Luu TU, Gratton E, Potma EO, Liu WF. PMID: 27086689; PMCID: PMC4833856.
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    23. Topographical modulation of macrophage phenotype by shrink-film multi-scale wrinkles. Biomater Sci. 2016 Jun 24; 4(6):948-52. Wang T, Luu TU, Chen A, Khine M, Liu WF. PMID: 27125253; PMCID: PMC9061279.
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    24. Micro- and Nanopatterned Topographical Cues for Regulating Macrophage Cell Shape and Phenotype. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2015 Dec 30; 7(51):28665-72. Luu TU, Gott SC, Woo BW, Rao MP, Liu WF. PMID: 26605491; PMCID: PMC4797644.
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    25. Biomolecular strategies to modulate the macrophage response to implanted materials. J Mater Chem B. 2016 Mar 07; 4(9):1600-1609. Kim YK, Chen EY, Liu WF. PMID: 32263014.
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    26. Physical and mechanical regulation of macrophage phenotype and function. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2015 Apr; 72(7):1303-16. McWhorter FY, Davis CT, Liu WF. PMID: 25504084; PMCID: PMC4795453.
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    27. Modification of biomaterials with a self-protein inhibits the macrophage response. Adv Healthc Mater. 2014 Jul; 3(7):989-94. Kim YK, Que R, Wang SW, Liu WF. PMID: 24573988; PMCID: PMC4272238.
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    28. Real-time imaging of Toxoplasma-infected human monocytes under fluidic shear stress reveals rapid translocation of intracellular parasites across endothelial barriers. Cell Microbiol. 2014 Apr; 16(4):580-95. Ueno N, Harker KS, Clarke EV, McWhorter FY, Liu WF, Tenner AJ, Lodoen MB. PMID: 24245749; PMCID: PMC4141879.
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    29. Modulation of macrophage phenotype by cell shape. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Oct 22; 110(43):17253-8. McWhorter FY, Wang T, Nguyen P, Chung T, Liu WF. PMID: 24101477; PMCID: PMC3808615.
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    30. Inflammatory response assessment of a hybrid tissue-engineered heart valve leaflet. Ann Biomed Eng. 2013 Feb; 41(2):316-26. Alavi SH, Liu WF, Kheradvar A. PMID: 23053298.
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    31. Mechanical regulation of cellular phenotype: implications for vascular tissue regeneration. Cardiovasc Res. 2012 Jul 15; 95(2):215-22. Liu WF. PMID: 22628449.
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