Simin Liu, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D.

Work Titles
UCLA Professor, Medicine Member, JCCC Molecular Epidemiology Program Area

Contact Information:

Lab Number:

310 206-7105

Office Phone Number:

310 206-5862

Mailing Address:

UCLA Department of Epidemiology
650 Charles E. Young Dr. South
71-254 CHS Box 951772
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Detailed Biography:

Dr. Liu is an epidemiologist whose work unites molecular genetics, nutrition, physiology and clinical medicine. He earned his medical degree from Jinan University in China and master of public health and doctoral degrees in both epidemiology and nutrition from Harvard University. Dr.Liu also completed a fellowship in public health and preventive medicine in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Dr. Liu is currently Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine and founding director of the Program on Genomics and Nutrition  at the UCLA School of Public Health, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Inter-school Training Program in Metabolic Diseases  and the Center for Metabolic Disease Prevention . At UCLA, He has served on the Faculty Senate Committee for Undergraduate Scholarships, Awards, and Prizes. He is currently serving on the Medical Institutional Review Board I (IRB). Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, Dr. Liu served as Instructor, Assistant, and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women?s Hospital in Boston, and Assistant and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Liu is an elected fellow of the Epidemiology and Nutrition Councils of the American Heart Association, and has served on committees/study sections for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the CDC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Canadian Foundation for Inovation, and the Qatar Foundation. He has also served on international advisory committees including the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations addressing policy issues related to public health and nutrition. He is currently serving on the scientific advisory board for the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)?s Global Health Initiative to guide the scientific and strategic directions and activities of establishing Centers of Excellence in low and middle-income countries to combat chronic diseases. 


A selected list of publications:

Liu Simin, Song Yiqing   Building genetic scores to predict risk of complex diseases in humans: is it possible? Diabetes, 2010; 59(11): 2729-31.
Song Yiqing, Klevak Anna, Manson Joann E, Buring Julie E, Liu Simin   Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and type 2 diabetes in the Women's Health Study Diabetes research and clinical practice, 2010; 18(9): .
Goto Atsushi, Song Yiqing, Chen Brian H, Manson Joann E, Buring Julie E, Liu Simin   Coffee and Caffeine Consumption in Relation to Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Postmenopausal Women Diabetes, 2010; 18(9): .
Liu Simin, Chou Elizabeth L   Dietary glycemic load and type 2 diabetes: modeling the glucose-raising potential of carbohydrates for prevention The American journal of clinical nutrition, 2010; 92(4): 675-7.
Chan Kei-Hang K, Song Yiqing, Hsu Yi-Hsiang, You Nai-Chieh Y, F Tinker Lesley, Liu Simin   Common genetic variants in fatty acid-binding protein-4 (FABP4) and clinical diabetes risk in the women's health initiative observational study Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 2010; 18(9): 1812-20.
Chao Chun, Song Yiqing, Cook Nancy, Tseng Chi-Hong, Manson JoAnn E, Eaton Charles, Margolis Karen L, Rodriguez Beatriz, Phillips Lawrence S, Tinker Lesley F, Liu Simin   The lack of utility of circulating biomarkers of inflammation and endothelial dysfunction for type 2 diabetes risk prediction among postmenopausal women: the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study Archives of internal medicine, 2010; 170(17): 1557-65.
Li Chaoyang, Ford Earl S, Li Benyi, Giles Wayne H, Liu Simin   Association of testosterone and sex hormone-binding globulin with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance in men Diabetes care, 2010; 33(7): 1618-24.
Chacko Sara A, Song Yiqing, Nathan Lauren, Tinker Lesley, de Boer Ian H, Tylavsky Fran, Wallace Robert, Liu Simin   Relations of dietary magnesium intake to biomarkers of inflammation and endothelial dysfunction in an ethnically diverse cohort of postmenopausal women Diabetes care, 2010; 33(2): 304-10.
Ding Eric L, Song Yiqing, Manson JoAnn E, Hunter David J, Lee Cathy C, Rifai Nader, Buring Julie E, Gaziano J Michael, Liu Simin   Sex hormone-binding globulin and risk of type 2 diabetes in women and men The New England journal of medicine, 2009; 361(12): 1152-63.
Song Yiqing, Hsu Yi-Hsiang, Niu Tianhua, Manson Joann E, Buring Julie E, Liu Simin   Common genetic variants of the ion channel transient receptor potential membrane melastatin 6 and 7 (TRPM6 and TRPM7), magnesium intake, and risk of type 2 diabetes in women BMC medical genetics, 2009; 10(7): 4.
Roberts Christian K, Liu Simin   Effects of glycemic load on metabolic health and type 2 diabetes mellitus Journal of diabetes science and technology, 2009; 3(4): 697-704.
Chen Brian H, Song Yiqing, Ding Eric L, Roberts Christian K, Manson JoAnn E, Rifai Nader, Buring Julie E, Gaziano J Michael, Liu Simin   Circulating levels of resistin and risk of type 2 diabetes in men and women: results from two prospective cohorts Diabetes care, 2009; 32(2): 329-34.
Lee Cathy C, You Nai-chieh Yuko, Song Yiqing, Hsu Yi-Hsiang, Manson JoAnn, Nathan Lauren, Tinker Lesley, Liu Simin   Relation of genetic variation in the gene coding for C-reactive protein with its plasma protein concentrations: findings from the Women's Health Initiative Observational Cohort Clinical chemistry, 2009; 55(2): 351-60.
Song Yiqing, You Nai-Chieh, Hsu Yi-Hsiang, Howard Barbara V, Langer Robert D, Manson Joann E, Nathan Lauren, Niu Tianhua, F Tinker Lesley, Liu Simin   FTO polymorphisms are associated with obesity but not diabetes risk in postmenopausal women Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 2008; 16(11): 2472-80.
Liu Simin, Tinker Lesley, Song Yiqing, Rifai Nader, Bonds Denise E, Cook Nancy R, Heiss Gerardo, Howard Barbara V, Hotamisligil Gokhan S, Hu Frank B, Kuller Lewis H, Manson JoAnn E   A prospective study of inflammatory cytokines and diabetes mellitus in a multiethnic cohort of postmenopausal women Archives of internal medicine, 2007; 167(15): 1676-85.
Ford Earl S, Li Chaoyang, McGuire Lisa C, Mokdad Ali H, Liu Simin   Intake of dietary magnesium and the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome among U.S. adults Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 2007; 15(5): 1139-46.
Liu Simin, Lee I-Min, Song Yiqing, Van Denburgh Martin, Cook Nancy R, Manson JoAnn E, Buring Julie E   Vitamin E and risk of type 2 diabetes in the women's health study randomized controlled trial Diabetes, 2006; 55(10): 2856-62.
Liu Simin   Lowering dietary glycemic load for weight control and cardiovascular health: a matter of quality Archives of internal medicine, 2006; 166(14): 1438-9.
Ding Eric L, Song Yiqing, Malik Vasanti S, Liu Simin   Sex differences of endogenous sex hormones and risk of type 2 diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 2006; 295(11): 1288-99.
Ford Earl S, Liu Simin   Invited commentary: Acne in adolescence--protecting the heart but damaging the prostate later in life? American journal of epidemiology, 2005; 161(12): 1102-6.
Song Yiqing, Ridker Paul M, Manson JoAnn E, Cook Nancy R, Buring Julie E, Liu Simin   Magnesium intake, C-reactive protein, and the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in middle-aged and older U.S. women Diabetes care, 2005; 28(6): 1438-44.
Gross Lee S, Li Li, Ford Earl S, Liu Simin   Increased consumption of refined carbohydrates and the epidemic of type 2 diabetes in the United States: an ecologic assessment The American journal of clinical nutrition, 2004; 79(5): 774-9.

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