Fox Chase Cancer Center Welcomes Yu “Sunny” Liu

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Fox Chase Cancer Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Yu “Sunny” Liu, PhD, as an assistant professor in the Nuclear Dynamics and Cancer research program and the Cancer Epigenetics Institute.

PHILADELPHIA (August 7, 2023)—Fox Chase Cancer Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Yu “Sunny” Liu, PhD, as an assistant professor in the Nuclear Dynamics and Cancer research program and the Cancer Epigenetics Institute (CEI).

Fox Chase’s CEI is a national hub for epigenetics study and collaboration focused on mechanisms promoting cancer and therapeutic resistance. Its mission is to facilitate academic-to-industry and academic-to-academic partnerships with the goal of promoting discovery in cancer epigenetics.

Liu’s research will center around the folding and regulation of the genome in three-dimensional (3D) spaces and how misfolding of the genome can lead to cancer. His team’s long-term objective is to combine epigenetics, 3D genomics, and artificial intelligence algorithms to enhance cancer diagnostics and develop more effective therapies for the benefit of patients.

Before joining Fox Chase, Liu worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, where he investigated the molecular mechanisms of genome folding and developed innovative methods for capturing chromatin.

Liu obtained his undergraduate degree from Xiamen University in China and a Master’s of Science in biochemistry from Queen’s University in Canada. He went on to earn his doctoral degree in molecular genetics from the University of Toronto, where his research focused on transcriptome dynamics and plasticity in development, disease, and evolution.

After completing his doctoral studies, Liu pursued a brief postdoctoral research position at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Toronto from 2014 to 2015. During this time, he developed an innovative approach for analyzing the whole transcriptome of archival tumor samples, which can improve the diagnosis of bladder cancer. He also investigated the role of cancer-associated enhancer RNAs.

Over the course of his career, Liu has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles in a number of scientific journals, including Nature Cell Biology, Nature Genetics, Nature Medicine, Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, Nature, Cell Stem Cell, and PLoS Genetics.

Liu began his tenure at Fox Chase on August 1.

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence six consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.

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