Benjamin M. Liu, Ph.D., is the assistant director of the Microbiology Laboratory and the Infectious Disease Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory of Children's National Hospital. He is also an assistant professor of Pathology, Pediatrics and Microbiology, Immunology & Tropical Medicine at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After receiving his medical degree and a Ph.D., in medical microbiology and immunology, Dr. Liu completed a basic research postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of NIH in Bethesda, MD, where he studied viral infectious diseases and virus-host interactions. Then Dr. Liu completed clinical fellowship training in Medical and Public Health Microbiology at the University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories in Salt Lake City, UT.
Dr. Liu has published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference abstracts. He has delivered over 50 invited lectures and presentations on a variety of national and international conferences on clinical/molecular microbiology, virology and infectious diseases diagnostics. Dr. Liu's research interests include virus-host interactions, novel antiviral/vaccine development, and development and validation of novel molecular tests for laboratory-based diagnosis of infectious diseases.