Wen Liu, PhD
KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Wen Liu, PhD, is currently an associate professor in the department of physical therapy. Currently, Liu is responsible for teaching in the DPT and PhD programs, performing research in the field of rehabilitation and serving on various students and faculty committees. He teaches a DPT class titled “Research in evidence-based physical therapy practice” and coordinates research practicum efforts in the DPT program. He is also responsible for teaching two PhD classes including “Instrumental analysis of human function” and “Introduction to MatLab programming.”
Originally from China, Liu earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Nanchang University. Before moving into medical science, Liu completed a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. After serving as a research engineer in the biomechanics laboratory at the Yale University School of Medicine, Liu earned a PhD in biomedical engineering from the Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Continuing on in his research, Liu worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Calgary. Later, Liu would serve as a research associate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. Since 1999, Liu has held an appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Liu is currently conducting research in the area of motor learning, postural control, and gait disorders in individuals with age-related diseases such as stroke, and Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Liu is also working on research projects to quantitatively assess the effect and mechanism of complementary medicine approaches including acupuncture and qigong exercise in cancer patients and patients with neurological diseases. In addition, he and his students are involved in research of functional instability of ankle joint after sprain injuries.
By utilizing a number of cutting-edge approaches, such as sensory-enhanced and robot-aided training, Dr. Liu hopes to create a more comprehensive understanding of how motor training can positively impact individuals with neurological or motor functional impairment.
Lab Group Site
Focused on the neuro-motor control of movement, locomotion, and balance. Through the study of posture and gait disorders in post-stroke individuals, as well as those suffering from Parkinson’s disease, researchers are developing novel approaches and technologies in neuro-rehabilitation.
Selected Recent and Current Grants
Wen Liu (PI)
Development of a robot-aided motor training with enhanced sensory inputs for stroke rehabilitation.
National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Bioengineering & Environ Systems (BES-0302466)