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David Liu, MD, MPH, MS

Medical Oncology

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  • Physician
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


Clinical Interests

  • Immuno-oncology
  • Melanoma
  • Predictive Biomarkers

Diseases Treated

Contact Information

  • Office Phone Number617-632-5055

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine , 2015
  • Medical Oncology, 2019


  • DFCI and Harvard Cancer Care, Hematology/Oncology


  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Internal Medicine

Medical School:

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Recent Awards:

  • Damon-Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Grantee
  • ASCO Young Investigator Award
  • Society for Immunotherapy of Cancers-BMS Immunotherapy Translational Fellowship
  • AACR NextGen Stars


Developing Computational Approaches to Dissecting Predictors of Therapeutic Response and Resistance

The Liu lab operates at the intersection of clinical oncology, molecular biology, and computational biology, developing computational approaches to dissect therapeutic resistance and susceptibility to chemo-, targeted-, and immuno-therapies in patient tumors. Two broad areas of inquiry exist in the lab:

  1. Development of parsimonious predictive models utilizing statistical and machine learning approaches and integrating clinical and molecular data to guide clinical management.

  2. Mapping of clinical tumor heterogeneity and evolution of resistance and metastasis, using longitudinally collected tumor samples from patients over time, treatments, development of resistance, and from different metastatic sites to develop insight into drivers of resistance and metastasis.

Integrated molecular drivers coordinate biological and clinical states in melanoma. Nat Genet. 2020 12; 52(12):1373-1383.
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Identification of a Synthetic Lethal Relationship between Nucleotide Excision Repair Deficiency and Irofulven Sensitivity in Urothelial Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2021 Apr 01; 27(7):2011-2022.
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Targeting the innate immunoreceptor RIG-I overcomes melanoma-intrinsic resistance to T cell immunotherapy. J Clin Invest. 2020 08 03; 130(8):4266-4281.
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Inactivation of Fbxw7 Impairs dsRNA Sensing and Confers Resistance to PD-1 Blockade. Cancer Discov. 2020 09; 10(9):1296-1311.
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ATM Loss Confers Greater Sensitivity to ATR Inhibition Than PARP Inhibition in Prostate Cancer. Cancer Res. 2020 06 01; 80(11):2094-2100.
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Identification of cancer driver genes based on nucleotide context. Nat Genet. 2020 02; 52(2):208-218.
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Integrative molecular and clinical modeling of clinical outcomes to PD1 blockade in patients with metastatic melanoma. Nat Med. 2019 12; 25(12):1916-1927.
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CREB5 Promotes Resistance to Androgen-Receptor Antagonists and Androgen Deprivation in Prostate Cancer. Cell Rep. 2019 11 19; 29(8):2355-2370.e6.
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Harmonization of Tumor Mutational Burden Quantification and Association With Response to Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. JCO Precis Oncol. 2019; 3.
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Integrative Molecular Characterization of Resistance to Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation in Rectal Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 09 15; 25(18):5561-5571.
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Intrinsic Resistance to Immune Checkpoint Blockade in a Mismatch Repair-Deficient Colorectal Cancer. Cancer Immunol Res. 2019 08; 7(8):1230-1236.
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Progression Risk Stratification of Asymptomatic Waldenström Macroglobulinemia. J Clin Oncol. 2019 06 01; 37(16):1403-1411.
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Bone marrow biopsy in low-risk monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance reveals a novel smoldering multiple myeloma risk group. Am J Hematol. 2019 05; 94(5):E146-E149.
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Mechanisms of Resistance to Immune Checkpoint Blockade. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2019 Feb; 20(1):41-54.
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A Cancer Cell Program Promotes T Cell Exclusion and Resistance to Checkpoint Blockade. Cell. 2018 11 01; 175(4):984-997.e24.
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Immunogenomic analyses associate immunological alterations with mismatch repair defects in prostate cancer. J Clin Invest. 2018 10 01; 128(10):4441-4453.
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Genomic correlates of response to immune checkpoint blockade in microsatellite-stable solid tumors. Nat Genet. 2018 09; 50(9):1271-1281.
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ERCC2 Helicase Domain Mutations Confer Nucleotide Excision Repair Deficiency and Drive Cisplatin Sensitivity in Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 02 01; 25(3):977-988.
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The long tail of oncogenic drivers in prostate cancer. Nat Genet. 2018 05; 50(5):645-651.
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Convergent Therapeutic Strategies to Overcome the Heterogeneity of Acquired Resistance in BRAFV600E Colorectal Cancer. Cancer Discov. 2018 04; 8(4):417-427.
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Mutational patterns in chemotherapy resistant muscle-invasive bladder cancer. Nat Commun. 2017 12 19; 8(1):2193.
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Toward Molecularly Driven Precision Medicine in Lung Adenocarcinoma. Cancer Discov. 2017 06; 7(6):555-557.
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Clinical Validation of Chemotherapy Response Biomarker ERCC2 in Muscle-Invasive Urothelial Bladder Carcinoma. JAMA Oncol. 2016 Aug 01; 2(8):1094-6.
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The impact of tumor profiling approaches and genomic data strategies for cancer precision medicine. Genome Med. 2016 07 26; 8(1):79.
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