Benjamin Liu Benjamin Liu
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Secondary)
Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine (Third)

Office Phone: 202-476-2161
Email: Email
Department: Pathology


  • MBBS, Tianjin Medical University, 2006
  • Master of Medicine, Peking University Health Science Center, 2009
  • PhD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 2016


Benjamin M. Liu, MBBS, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Pathology, Pediatrics and Microbiology, Immunology & Tropical Medicine at the George Washington University. He is the assistant director of the Microbiology Laboratory and the Infectious Disease Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory of Children's National Hospital. 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.

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Liu’s clinical practice focus is to provide diagnostic services in clinical microbiology and infectious disease diagnosis. He has expertise in development and validation of novel molecular tests for laboratory-based diagnosis of infectious diseases



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.


Medical Microbiology


Liu BM*, Mulkey SB, Campos JM, DeBiasi R. Laboratory diagnosis of CNS infections in children due to emerging and re-emerging neurotropic viruses. Pediatric Research. 2024

Liu BM*, Martins TB, Peterson LK, Hill HR*. Clinical significance of measuring serum cytokine levels as inflammatory biomarkers in adult and pediatric COVID-19 cases: a review. Cytokine. 2021;142:155478

Liu BM, Carlisle CP, Fisher MA, Shakir SM. The Brief Case: Capnocytophaga sputigena Bacteremia in a 94-Year-Old Male with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Pancytopenia and Bronchopneumonia. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 2021;59:e02472-20.

Liu BM, Beck EM, Fisher MA. The Brief Case: Ventilator-associated Corynebacterium accolens Pneumonia in a Patient with Respiratory Failure due to COVID-19. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 2021;59:e00137-21.

Liu BM*, Hill HR*. Role of Host Immune and Inflammatory Responses in COVID-19 Cases with Underlying Primary Immunodeficiency: a Review. Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research. 2020;40(12):549-554.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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