Dr. Yuan Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences at the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at School of Dentistry University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Liu holds a DDS (2003), MS (2005), and PhD (2009) in oral microbiology from West China College of Stomatology, Sichuan University. She completed her last two years of PhD study (2007-2009) at the Iowa School of Dentistry. After graduation, she became a faculty in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, West China College of Stomatology and was promoted as Vice-director of the department in 2011. From 2014 to 2017, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Penn Dental Medicine where she developed her research focus on two well-defined fronts: Disease mechanisms and Therapeutic strategies. She was then promoted to instructor at PDM and completed her faculty DMD (2023) before joining Kornberg.

Dr. Liu has a background in oral microbiology and translational research. She intends to develop a career of bridging clinical and translational research to be able to translate research findings into innovative strategies for children’s oral health. Dr. Liu was recently awarded a K23 Career Development Award from NIH/NIDCR to conduct research focusing on early oral fungal infection and childhood caries. Dr. Liu has published more than 50 manuscripts in top-tier journals (h-index: 19). Additionally, she won several prestigious-competitive awards for investigators conducting dental/oral research in US/Canada.