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David Liu, MD, MPH, MS


Clinician, Researcher

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Physician

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Clinical Interests

  • Immuno-oncology
  • Melanoma
  • Predictive Biomarkers

Contact Information

  • Office Phone Number617-632-5055

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine , 2015
  • Medical Oncology, 2019

Fellowship:

  • DFCI and Harvard Cancer Care, Hematology/Oncology

Residency:

  • 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

Research

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.


Such L, Zhao F, Liu D, Thier B, Le-Trilling VTK, Sucker A, Coch C, Pieper N, Howe S, Bhat H, Kalkavan H, Ritter C, Brinkhaus R, Ugurel S, Köster J, Seifert U, Dittmer U, Schuler M, Lang KS, Kufer TA, Hartmann G, Becker JC, Horn S, Ferrone S, Liu D, Van Allen EM, Schadendorf D, Griewank K, Trilling M, Paschen A. Targeting the innate immunoreceptor RIG-I overcomes melanoma-intrinsic resistance to T cell immunotherapy. J Clin Invest. 2020 Aug 03; 130(8):4266-4281.
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Gstalder C, Liu D, Miao D, Lutterbach B, DeVine AL, Lin C, Shettigar M, Pancholi P, Buchbinder EI, Carter SL, Manos MP, Rojas-Rudilla V, Brennick R, Gjini E, Chen PH, Lako A, Rodig S, Yoon CH, Freeman GJ, Barbie DA, Hodi FS, Miles W, Van Allen EM, Haq R. Inactivation of Fbxw7 Impairs dsRNA Sensing and Confers Resistance to PD-1 Blockade. Cancer Discov. 2020 Sep; 10(9):1296-1311.
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Rafiei S, Fitzpatrick K, Liu D, Cai MY, Elmarakeby HA, Park J, Ricker C, Kochupurakkal BS, Choudhury AD, Hahn WC, Balk SP, Hwang JH, Van Allen EM, Mouw KW. ATM Loss Confers Greater Sensitivity to ATR Inhibition Than PARP Inhibition in Prostate Cancer. Cancer Res. 2020 Jun 01; 80(11):2094-2100.
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Dietlein F, Weghorn D, Taylor-Weiner A, Richters A, Reardon B, Liu D, Lander ES, Van Allen EM, Sunyaev SR. Identification of cancer driver genes based on nucleotide context. Nat Genet. 2020 02; 52(2):208-218.
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Liu D, Schilling B, Liu D, Sucker A, Livingstone E, Jerby-Arnon L, Zimmer L, Gutzmer R, Satzger I, Loquai C, Grabbe S, Vokes N, Margolis CA, Conway J, He MX, Elmarakeby H, Dietlein F, Miao D, Tracy A, Gogas H, Goldinger SM, Utikal J, Blank CU, Rauschenberg R, von Bubnoff D, Krackhardt A, Weide B, Haferkamp S, Kiecker F, Izar B, Garraway L, Regev A, Flaherty K, Paschen A, Van Allen EM, Schadendorf D. 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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Hwang JH, Seo JH, Beshiri ML, Wankowicz S, Liu D, Cheung A, Li J, Qiu X, Hong AL, Botta G, Golumb L, Richter C, So J, Sandoval GJ, Giacomelli AO, Ly SH, Han C, Dai C, Pakula H, Sheahan A, Piccioni F, Gjoerup O, Loda M, Sowalsky AG, Ellis L, Long H, Root DE, Kelly K, Van Allen EM, Freedman ML, Choudhury AD, Hahn WC. 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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Vokes NI, Liu D, Ricciuti B, Jimenez-Aguilar E, Rizvi H, Dietlein F, He MX, Margolis CA, Elmarakeby HA, Girshman J, Adeni A, Sanchez-Vega F, Schultz N, Dahlberg S, Zehir A, Jänne PA, Nishino M, Umeton R, Sholl LM, Van Allen EM, Hellmann MD, Awad MM. 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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Kamran SC, Lennerz JK, Margolis CA, Liu D, Reardon B, Wankowicz SA, Van Seventer EE, Tracy A, Wo JY, Carter SL, Willers H, Corcoran RB, Hong TS, Van Allen EM. 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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Gurjao C, Liu D, Hofree M, AlDubayan SH, Wakiro I, Su MJ, Felt K, Gjini E, Brais LK, Rotem A, Rosenthal MH, Rozenblatt-Rosen O, Rodig S, Ng K, Van Allen EM, Corsello SM, Ogino S, Regev A, Nowak JA, Giannakis M. 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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Bustoros M, Sklavenitis-Pistofidis R, Kapoor P, Liu CJ, Kastritis E, Zanwar S, Fell G, Abeykoon JP, Hornburg K, Neuse CJ, Marinac CR, Liu D, Soiffer J, Gavriatopoulou M, Boehner C, Cappuccio JM, Dumke H, Reyes K, Soiffer RJ, Kyle RA, Treon SP, Castillo JJ, Dimopoulos MA, Ansell SM, Trippa L, Ghobrial IM. Progression Risk Stratification of Asymptomatic Waldenström Macroglobulinemia. J Clin Oncol. 2019 06 01; 37(16):1403-1411.
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Bustoros M, Kastritis E, Sklavenitis-Pistofidis R, Liu CJ, Hornburg K, Kanellias N, Kim G, Liu D, Gavriatopoulou M, Marinac CR, Roussou M, Migkou M, Noonan K, Reyes K, Rivotto B, Neuse CJ, Ziogas DC, Laubach J, Terpos E, Anderson KC, Richardson PG, Ghobrial IM, Dimopoulos MA. 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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Liu D, Jenkins RW, Sullivan RJ. Mechanisms of Resistance to Immune Checkpoint Blockade. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2019 Feb; 20(1):41-54.
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Jerby-Arnon L, Shah P, Cuoco MS, Rodman C, Su MJ, Melms JC, Leeson R, Kanodia A, Mei S, Lin JR, Wang S, Rabasha B, Liu D, Zhang G, Margolais C, Ashenberg O, Ott PA, Buchbinder EI, Haq R, Hodi FS, Boland GM, Sullivan RJ, Frederick DT, Miao B, Moll T, Flaherty KT, Herlyn M, Jenkins RW, Thummalapalli R, Kowalczyk MS, Cañadas I, Schilling B, Cartwright ANR, Luoma AM, Malu S, Hwu P, Bernatchez C, Forget MA, Barbie DA, Shalek AK, Tirosh I, Sorger PK, Wucherpfennig K, Van Allen EM, Schadendorf D, Johnson BE, Rotem A, Rozenblatt-Rosen O, Garraway LA, Yoon CH, Izar B, Regev A. 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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Nava Rodrigues D, Rescigno P, Liu D, Yuan W, Carreira S, Lambros MB, Seed G, Mateo J, Riisnaes R, Mullane S, Margolis C, Miao D, Miranda S, Dolling D, Clarke M, Bertan C, Crespo M, Boysen G, Ferreira A, Sharp A, Figueiredo I, Keliher D, Aldubayan S, Burke KP, Sumanasuriya S, Fontes MS, Bianchini D, Zafeiriou Z, Teixeira Mendes LS, Mouw K, Schweizer MT, Pritchard CC, Salipante S, Taplin ME, Beltran H, Rubin MA, Cieslik M, Robinson D, Heath E, Schultz N, Armenia J, Abida W, Scher H, Lord C, D'Andrea A, Sawyers CL, Chinnaiyan AM, Alimonti A, Nelson PS, Drake CG, Van Allen EM, de Bono JS. 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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Miao D, Margolis CA, Vokes NI, Liu D, Taylor-Weiner A, Wankowicz SM, Adeegbe D, Keliher D, Schilling B, Tracy A, Manos M, Chau NG, Hanna GJ, Polak P, Rodig SJ, Signoretti S, Sholl LM, Engelman JA, Getz G, Jänne PA, Haddad RI, Choueiri TK, Barbie DA, Haq R, Awad MM, Schadendorf D, Hodi FS, Bellmunt J, Wong KK, Hammerman P, Van Allen EM. 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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Li Q, Damish AW, Frazier Z, Liu D, Reznichenko E, Kamburov A, Bell A, Zhao H, Jordan EJ, Gao SP, Ma J, Abbosh PH, Bellmunt J, Plimack ER, Lazaro JB, Solit DB, Bajorin D, Rosenberg JE, D'Andrea AD, Riaz N, Van Allen EM, Iyer G, Mouw KW. 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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Armenia J, Wankowicz SAM, Liu D, Gao J, Kundra R, Reznik E, Chatila WK, Chakravarty D, Han GC, Coleman I, Montgomery B, Pritchard C, Morrissey C, Barbieri CE, Beltran H, Sboner A, Zafeiriou Z, Miranda S, Bielski CM, Penson AV, Tolonen C, Huang FW, Robinson D, Wu YM, Lonigro R, Garraway LA, Demichelis F, Kantoff PW, Taplin ME, Abida W, Taylor BS, Scher HI, Nelson PS, de Bono JS, Rubin MA, Sawyers CL, Chinnaiyan AM, Schultz N, Van Allen EM. The long tail of oncogenic drivers in prostate cancer. Nat Genet. 2018 05; 50(5):645-651.
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Hazar-Rethinam M, Kleyman M, Han GC, Liu D, Ahronian LG, Shahzade HA, Chen L, Parikh AR, Allen JN, Clark JW, Kwak EL, Faris JE, Murphy JE, Hong TS, Van Seventer EE, Nadres B, Hong CB, Gurski JM, Jessop NA, Dias-Santagata D, Iafrate AJ, Van Allen EM, Corcoran RB. 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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Liu D, Abbosh P, Keliher D, Reardon B, Miao D, Mouw K, Weiner-Taylor A, Wankowicz S, Han G, Teo MY, Cipolla C, Kim J, Iyer G, Al-Ahmadie H, Dulaimi E, Chen DYT, Alpaugh RK, Hoffman-Censits J, Garraway LA, Getz G, Carter SL, Bellmunt J, Plimack ER, Rosenberg JE, Van Allen EM. Mutational patterns in chemotherapy resistant muscle-invasive bladder cancer. Nat Commun. 2017 12 19; 8(1):2193.
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Liu D, Vokes NI, Van Allen EM. Toward Molecularly Driven Precision Medicine in Lung Adenocarcinoma. Cancer Discov. 2017 06; 7(6):555-557.
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Liu D, Plimack ER, Hoffman-Censits J, Garraway LA, Bellmunt J, Van Allen E, Rosenberg JE. 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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Garofalo A, Sholl L, Reardon B, Taylor-Weiner A, Amin-Mansour A, Miao D, Liu D, Oliver N, MacConaill L, Ducar M, Rojas-Rudilla V, Giannakis M, Ghazani A, Gray S, Janne P, Garber J, Joffe S, Lindeman N, Wagle N, Garraway LA, Van Allen EM. 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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