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Duanping Liao, MD, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Chief, Division of Epidemiology
Department of Public Health Sciences
Penn State University College of Medicine
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RESEARCH, TEACHING, AND ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES:
RESEARCH INTERESTS: The epidemiology of cardiovascular and cerebral vascular diseases, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome, air pollution and cardiovascular health, application of GIS in air pollution studies, sleep related health problems, and epidemiologic study of age-related macular degeneration.
Dr. Liao was appointed Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Penn State University College of Medicine in July 1998, Associate Professor in 2001, and Full Professor in 2006. Previously he has been associated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1989, where he earned his MPH. and PhD. in Epidemiology, completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cardiovascular diseases epidemiology, and served as a Research Assistant Professor for three years.
Dr. Liao's research efforts are fully funded by extramural grants. Dr. Liao has served as principal investigator in extramural grants from American Heart Association, NIEHS, NHLBI, EPA, and CDC, and pharmaceutical industry. He has also been involved as co-PI or co-investigator under several NIH grants.
TEACHING: Dr. Liao developed and directed “Principles of Epidemiology” (PHS550, College of Medicine, Penn State University) from 1999-2003. He is currently providing 3-4 lectures in this course. Dr. Liao has developed and directed “Advanced Epidemiology Methods” (PHS551, College of Medicine, Penn State University) since 2003.
ADMINISTRATIVE: As the Vice Chair for Research, Dr. Liao facilitates collaborative research with other COM departments, such as Psychiatry, Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Medicine. He serves as a point of contact for faculty from other departments who are seeking collaborative research with PHS faculty. Dr. Liao also promotes collaborative research within PHS. As the division chief, Dr. Liao is responsible for the operation of the division of epidemiology, in areas of research, teaching, and services. Dr. is a member of the PHS Promotion and Tenure Committee (He chaired this committee 2007-2010).
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