Chien-Wei (Eric) Liao, M.D., Ph.D.

Chien-Wei (Eric) Liao, M.D., Ph.D.

Massachusetts General Hospital
Eric Liao photo credit Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Liao is a surgeon-scientist with research and clinical focus on craniofacial biology.

Dr. Liao is the Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and Boston Shriners Hospital. His laboratory at the Center for Regenerative Medicine investigates fundamental questions in neural crest biology, gene regulatory networks, molecular basis of morphogenesis, and how craniofacial malformations occur when these basic processes go awry. 

The Liao laboratory utilizes iPSC, zebrafish, and mouse models to investigate human gene variants implicated in cleft and craniofacial malformations. They hope to translate fundamental advances to clinical impact, through prenatal genetic predictions and small molecule therapies.


Dr. Liao is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Genetics at Harvard Medical School, a principal faculty of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program at MGHfC and Boston Shriners Hospital.  Eric received B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University, M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School, and was trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Harvard Program, serving as Chief Resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he continued as Staff Surgeon. His pediatric surgical practice is focused on craniofacial reconstruction with an adult surgical practice focused on oncologic reconstruction. 

In addition to directing an extramurally funded fundamental research program, Dr. Liao is a clinical investigator in clinical research trials.

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