Liu Jessica





July. 2020 - Present, Duke University, NC, USA

Anesthesia Residency

Academic Career Enrichment Scholars (ACES) research track resident

Aug. 2012 - May. 2020, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

M.D., June 2020

Ph.D. in Bioengineering, August 2019

Thesis: “Harnessing nonlinear magnetic fields to control nanoparticle delivery and drug release”

Sept. 2009 - June. 2012, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

B.S. in Biological Engineering, Minor in Music, Phi Beta Kappa


Professional Activities:

Jan. 2018 - June. 2020, Sonosolve LLC, PA, USA

Tested sonication device for clearing bacterial films from central venous catheters

Expanded use of sonication device for clearing chest tubes

Worked with Teleflex for further device testing and commercialization


Research Experience:

  • Nov. 2014 - June. 2018

Tsourkas and Issadore Labs – University of Pennsylvania Department of Bioengineering Harnessing Nonlinear Magnetic Fields to Control Nanoparticle Delivery and Drug Release, Philadelphia, PA, USA

  • Aug. 2014 – Oct. 2014 

Bassett Lab – University of Pennsylvania Department of Bioengineering Network Science and Predictions of Learning, Philadelphia, PA, USA

  • Oct. 2009 – June. 2012

Niles Lab – Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Biological Engineering Using Synthetic Biology to Control Protein Translation, Cambridge, MA, USA

  • May. 2010 – June. 2011

Guttag Lab – Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – Machine Learning for Cardiac Risk Prediction, Cambridge, MA, USA 



  1. Wei Y, Luo L, Gui T, Yu F, Yan L, Yao L, Zhong L, Yu W, Han B, Patel JM, Liu JF, Beier F, Levin LS, Nelson C, Shao Z, Han L, Mauck RL, Tsourkas A, Ahn J, Cheng Z, & Qin L. (2021). Targeting cartilage EGFR pathway for osteoarthritis treatment. Sci Transl Med, 13(576), eabb3946.
  2.  Liu JF, Lan Z, Ferrari C, Stein JM, Higbee-Dempsey EM, Yan L, Cheng Z, Issadore D, & Tsourkas A. (2019). Magnetically driven accumulation and penetration of nanocarriers in deep tissue solid tumors. ACS Nano, (14)1, 142-152.
  3. Liu JF, Jang B, Issadore D, & Tsourkas A. (2019). Use of magnetic nanoparticles for hyperthermia, drug delivery, and tumor targeting. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Nanomed Nanobiotechnol., 11(6), e1571.
  4. Tsourkas A, Issadore D, & Liu J. (2018). Systems for enhancing accumulation and penetration of nanoparticles in tissues and uses thereof. U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/726,840.
  5. Liu JF, Neel N, Dang P, Lamb M, McKenna J, Rodgers L, Litt B, Cheng Z, Tsourkas A, & Issadore D. (2018). Radiofrequency-triggered drug release from nanoliposomes with millimeter-scale resolution using a superimposed static gating field. Small, 14(44), e1802563.
  6. Liu J, Tsourkas A, Issadore D. (2017). Magnetically-driven microfluidic pump for self-contained, low sample volume diafiltration, microfluidic diafiltration apparatus, and methods for carrying out low sample volume diafiltration. U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/569,880.
  7. Liu JF, Yadavali S, Tsourkas A, & Issadore D. (2017). Microfluidic diafiltration-on-chip using an integrated magnetic peristaltic micropump. Lab Chip, 17(22), 3796-803.
  8. Thawani JP, Amirshaghaghi A, Yan L, Stein JM, Liu J, & Tsourkas A. (2017). Photoacoustic-guided surgery with indocyanine green-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle clusters. Small, 13(37).
  9. Yan L, Miller J, Yuan M, Liu JF, Busch TM, Tsourkas A, & Cheng Z. (2017). Improved photodynamic therapy efficacy of Protoporphyrin IX loaded polymeric micelles using erlotinib pretreatment. Biomacromolecules, 18(6), 1836-44.
  10. Crayton SH, Chen AK, Liu JF, Higbee-Dempsey EM, Huang CH, Tsourkas A, & Cheng Z. (2017) 3.20 Molecular Imaging. In: Healy, K.E., Hutmacher, D.W., Grainger, D.W., and Kirkpatrick, C.J. (eds.), Comprehensive Biomaterials II, vol. 3, pp. 424–466. Oxford: Elsevier.
  11. Li J, Ding J, Liu T, Liu JF, Yan L, & Chen X. (2017). Poly(lactic acid) controlled drug delivery. In: Advances in Polymer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
  12. Goldfless SJ, Belmont BJ, de Paz AM, Liu JF, & Niles JC. (2012). Direct and specific chemical control of eukaryotic translation with a synthetic RNA-protein interaction. Nucleic Acids Res. 40(9), e64
  13. Ganeshapillai G, Liu JF, & Guttag J. (2011). Reconstruction of ECG signals in presence of corruption. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc, 2011, 3764 – 7.
  14. Singh A., Liu J, & Guttag JV. (2010). Discretization of continuous ECG-based risk metrics using asymmetric and warped entropy measures. Computing in Cardiology, 37, 473 – 476.



Graduate research funded by NIH grant T32 NS091006. Selected from internal Penn application. (July 2015 – June 2017)

Mary Ellis Bell Prize, Medical Student Research Paper Competition (March 2018)