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K.J. "Jim" Liu, PhD

Associate Dean for Research & Professor: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Professor: Department of Neurology

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Contact Information

Phone: (505) 272-9546

Academic Career

Liu holds a BS in chemistry from Peking University in China (1982) and a PhD in radiation biochemistry from the University of Leeds in England (1988). He served as a research assistant professor at Dartmouth College before joining the UNM faculty in 1999.

Research Interests

Liu’s research focuses broadly in two different areas of research: metal toxicity and neuroscience. In the metal research area, he investigates the molecular mechanism of arsenite and chromium-induced toxicology and carcinogenesis with particular attention to the roles of free radicals, oxidative and nitrosative modification of zinc-finger DNA repair proteins, and zinc supplement as a chemoprevention strategy for reducing arsenic toxicity and carcinogenesis. In the neuroscience area, his lab is studying and mechanism and neuroprotection of brain injury due to stroke. Liu has presented frequently at national and international conferences and given seminars at academic institutions around the world.

Professional Memberships

  • Associate Editor: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
  • Section Editor: Medicial Gas Research
  • Editorial Board: Neurological Research, CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics


What’s Happening in the BRaIN?
(HSCNewsBeat; July 11, 2011) ─ Before the turn of the millennium, an interconnected group of UNM Health Sciences Center faculty and researchers was working in the area of pathophysiology of brain injury.

UNM BRaIN Imaging Center Awarded $5.5 Million
(HSCNewsBeat; April 12, 2011) ─UNM’s Biomedical Research and Integrative Neuroimaging Center, or BRaIN Imaging Center, recently was awarded a $5.5-million, five-year grant by the National Center for Research Resources, an arm of the National institutes for Health. The grant will continue advancing the Health Sciences Center’s (HSC) Integrative Program in Central Nervous System Pathophysiology Research through one of more than 60 Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in the U.S.