Created by:
John M. Mesa, MD

Updated by:
Ross F. Goldberg, MD





Principal Investigator
Plastic Surgery Research Laboratory Massachusetts General Hospital

Instructor in Surgery

Harvard Medical School
Phone: (617) 726-1915
Fax: (617) 726-5483

Office-Mail Address
Division of Plastic Surgery WACC 435
15 Parkman St. Boston, MA 02114

Laboratory Address:
MGH, Simches 4


Education and Residency
Stanford University B.S. 1991 - 1995 Biological Sciences
Stanford University M.S. 1994 - 1995 Biological Sciences
Harvard Medical School / M.I.T. M.D. 1995 - 2002 Medicine
Harvard University Ph.D. 1997 - 2002 Genetics
Harvard Combined Plastic Surgery Residency 2002 - 2008 Plastic Surger002 – 2008 Resident, Harvard combined residency in Plastic Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Positions and Employment
2002 – 2008 Resident, Harvard combined residency in Plastic Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
2008 Assistant in Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital.
2008 Instructor in Surgery, Department of Surgery, Harvard Medical School.

Professional Memberships
1998 – 2000 Society of Developmental Biology
2002 Resident member, American Society of Plastic Surgery
2002 Massachusetts Medical Society
2007 Resident member, American College of Surgeons
2008 Plastic Surgery Research Council
2009 American Burn Association

Honors and Awards
1993 National Science Foundation, Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
1994 American Heart Association, Research Fellowship.
1994 Stanford University, Undergraduate Major Research Grant.
1995 Fox Award, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University.
1996 American Cancer Society, Stone Research Fellowship.
1997 Yamaguchi Research Award, Boston Children’s Hospital.
1998 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Pre-doctoral Fellowship.
2002 Tolbert Shipley Prize for Research and Scholarship, Harvard Medical School.
2007 Basic Science Research Award, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation.
2008 Junior Faculty Research Award, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital.
2008 Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund Grant

Eric C. Liao, Barry H. Paw, Andrew C. Oates, Stephen J. Pratt, John H. Postlethwait, and Leonard I. Zon. SCL/Tal-1 transcription factor acts downstream of cloche to specify hematopoietic and vascular progenitors in zebrafish. Genes and Development. 12(5): 621-626, 1998.

Catherine Porcher, Eric C. Liao, Yuko Fujiwara, Leonard I. Zon, and Stuart H. Orkin. Specification of hematopoietic and vascular development by the bHLH transcription factor SCL without direct DNA binding. Development. 126(20): 4603-4615, 1999.

Eric C. Liao, Barry H. Paw, Luanne L. Peters, Augustin Zapata, Stephen J. Pratt, Cuong P. Do, Graham Lieschke, and Leonard I. Zon. Hereditary spherocytosis in zebrafish riesling illustrates evolution of erythroid ??-spectrin structure and function in red cell morphogenesis and membrane stability. Development. 127(23): 5123-32, 2000.

Eric C. Liao, Nikolaus S. Trede, David Ransom, and Leonard I. Zon. Non-cell autonomous requirement for the bloodless gene in primitive hematopoiesis of zebrafish. Development. 129(3): 649-659, 2002.

John H. Postlethwait, Yi-Lin Yan, Michael A. Gates, Sally Horne, Angel Amores, Alison Brownlie, Adriana Donovan; Elizabeth S. Egan, Allan Force, Zhiyuan Gong, Carole Goutel, Andreas Fritz, Robert Kelsh, Ela Knapik, Eric C. Liao, Barry Paw, David Ransom, Amy Singer, Margaret Thomson, Tariq S. Abduljabbar, Pam Yelick, Dave Beier, J.-S. Joly, Dan Larhammar, Frederic
Rosa, Monte Westerfield, Leonard I. Zon, Steve L. Johnson, William S. Talbot. Vertebrate genome evolution and the zebrafish gene map. Nature Genetics. 18: 345-349, 1998.

Andrew C. Oates, Alison Brownlie, Stephen J. Pratt, Danielle V. Irvine, Eric C. Liao, Barry H. Paw, Kristen Dorian, Stephen L. Johnson, John H. Postlethwait, Leonard I. Zon, and Andrew F. Wilks. Gene duplication of putative zebrafish JAK2 homologs is accompanied by divergent embryonic expression patterns; only jak2a is expressed during erythropoiesis. Blood. 94(8): 2622-36,

Ebrahim Shafizadeh, Barry H. Paw, Helen Foott, Eric C. Liao, Bruce A. Barut, John J. Cope, Leonard I. Zon and Shuo Lin. Characterization of zebrafish merlot/chablis as non-mammalian vertebrate models for severe congenital anemia due to protein 4.1 deficiency. Development 129(18):4359-70, 2002.

Barry H. Paw, Yi Zhou, Rong Li, Alan J. Davidson, Stephen J. Pratt, Nikolaus S. Trede, Alison Brownlie, Adriana Donovan, Eric C. Liao, Ana Drejer, Samuel E. Lux, Andreas Fritz, John Postlethwait, and Leonard I. Zon. Cell-specific mitotic defect and dyserythropoiesis associated with erythroid band 3 deficiency. Nature Genetics 34(1):59-64, 2003

Kiya Movassaghi, Eric C. Liao, Vivian Ting, Evan Matros, Donald J Morris, Dennis P Orgill, and Julian J Pribaz. Eliminating the vertical scar in breast reduction - Boston modification of the Robertson technique. Aesthetic Surgery 26(6):687-696, 2006.

Eric C. Liao, Joshua B. Kish, and Mary C. Hertl. Bilateral breast cancer in specimens obtained from gynecomastia treatment. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 58(6):673-6, 2007.

Eric C. Liao and Karl H. Breuing. Breast mound salvage using vacuum-assisted closure device as bridge to reconstruction with acellular dermal matrix hammock. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 59(2): 218-224, 2007.

Eric C. Liao, Brian I. Labow and James W. May, Jr. Skin banking closure technique in autologous breast reconstruction. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 120(5): 1133-1136, 2007.

Eric C. Liao, Amir Taghinia, Lisa P. Nguyen, Janet H. Yueh, James W. May Jr., and Dennis P. Orgill. Incidence of hematoma complication with heparin venous thrombosis prophylaxis after TRAM flap breast reconstruction. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 121(4): 1101-7, 2008.

Amir H. Taghinia, Eric C. Liao, and James W. May, Jr. Twenty years of randomized controlled trials in Plastic Surgery: an analysis of reporting standards, methodology quality, and trial impact. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 122(4): 1253-1263,

Research Interests:
-Zebrafish models of cleft lip and palate