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Jiangang "Jason" Liao, PhD

Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Penn State Center for Research on Tobacco and Health
Scientific Program:Next-Generation Therapies

Research Interests

  • Neoplasms
  • Therapeutics
  • Tobacco Products
  • Smokers
  • Nicotine
  • Biomarkers
  • Genes
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms
  • Survival
  • Breast
  • Child

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Micro/nano technology for extracellular vesicle isolation and towards non-invasive pancreatic cancer diagnosis

Recent Publications


Moss, JL, Entenman, J, Stoltzfus, K, Liao, J, Onega, T, Reiter, PL, Klesges, LM, Garrow, G & Ruffin, MT 2024, 'Self-sampling tools to increase cancer screening among underserved patients: a pilot randomized controlled trial', JNCI Cancer Spectrum, vol. 8, no. 1, pkad103.
Chen, KM, Sun, YW, Krebs, NM, Reinhart, L, Sun, D, Liao, J, Cook, R, Bond, PE, Mallery, SR & El-Bayoumy, K 2024, 'The Effects of Black Raspberry as a Whole Food–Based Approach on Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress in Buccal Cells and Urine of Smokers', Cancer Prevention Research, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 157-167.


Liao, J 2023, 'A new Bayesian lasso and ridge regression with a practically meaningful parameterization and a simple weakly informative prior', Stat, vol. 12, no. 1, e540.
Morales-Ghinaglia, N, Larsen, M, He, F, Calhoun, SL, Vgontzas, AN, Liao, J, Liao, D, Bixler, EO & Fernandez-Mendoza, J 2023, 'Circadian Misalignment Impacts the Association of Visceral Adiposity with Elevated Blood Pressure in Adolescents', Hypertension, vol. 80, no. 4, pp. 861-871.
Hayman, IR, Temple, RM, Burgess, CK, Ferguson, M, Liao, J, Meyers, C & Sample, CE 2023, 'New insight into Epstein-Barr virus infection using models of stratified epithelium', PLoS pathogens, vol. 19, no. 1, e1011040.


LeBlanc, FR, Hasanali, ZS, Stuart, A, Shimko, S, Sharma, K, Leshchenko, VV, Parekh, S, Fu, H, Zhang, Y, Martin, MM, Kester, M, Fox, T, Liao, J, Loughran, TP, Evans, J, Pu, JJ, Spurgeon, SE, Aladjem, MI & Epner, EM 2022, 'Combined epigenetic and immunotherapy for blastic and classical mantle cell lymphoma', Oncotarget, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 986-1002.
Lin, W, Hobkirk, AL, Zhu, J, Krebs, NM, Hayes, JE, Richie, JP, Liao, J, Horn, K, Foulds, J & Muscat, JE 2022, 'Effect of menthol on nicotine reduction: Pooled results from two double-blind randomized controlled trials', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 189, pp. 131-138.
Sinha, I, Goel, R, Bitzer, ZT, Trushin, N, Liao, J & Sinha, R 2022, 'Evaluating electronic cigarette cytotoxicity and inflammatory responses in vitro', Tobacco Induced Diseases, vol. 20, no. 5, 45.
Midya, V, Liao, J, Gennings, C, Colicino, E, Teitelbaum, SL, Wright, RO & Valvi, D 2022, 'Quantifying the Effect Size of Exposure-Outcome Association Using δ-Score: Application to Environmental Chemical Mixture Studies', Symmetry, vol. 14, no. 10, 1962.
Foulds, J, Veldheer, S, Pachas, G, Hrabovsky, S, Hameed, A, Allen, SI, Cather, C, Azzouz, N, Yingst, J, Hammett, E, Modesto, J, Krebs, NM, Lester, C, Trushin, N, Reinhart, L, Wasserman, E, Zhu, J, Liao, J, Muscat, JE, Richie, JP & Evins, AE 2022, 'The effects of reduced nicotine content cigarettes on biomarkers of nicotine and toxicant exposure, smoking behavior and psychiatric symptoms in smokers with mood or anxiety disorders: A double-blind randomized trial', PloS one, vol. 17, no. 11 November, e0275522.
Fernandez-Mendoza, J, Lenker, KP, Calhoun, SL, Qureshi, M, Ricci, A, Bourchtein, E, He, F, Vgontzas, AN, Liao, J, Liao, D & Bixler, EO 2022, 'Trajectories of Insomnia Symptoms From Childhood Through Young Adulthood', Pediatrics, vol. 149, no. 3, e2021053616.


Krebs, NM, Zhu, J, Wasserman, E, Kuprewicz, R, Martinez, DJ, Veldheer, S, Livelsberger, C, Modesto, J, Reinhart, L, Trushin, N, Reilly, SM, Liao, J, Fazzi, A, Bascom, R, Richie, JP, Foulds, J, Horn, K & Muscat, JE 2021, 'Switching to Progressively Reduced Nicotine Content Cigarettes in Smokers with Low Socioeconomic Status: A Double-Blind Randomized Clinical Trial', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 992-1001.
Midya, V & Liao, J 2023, 'Systematic deviation in mean of log bayes factor: Implication and application', Communications in Statistics - Theory and Methods, vol. 52, no. 10, pp. 3209-3218.
Liao, J & Rohde, C 2022, 'Variance reduction in the inverse probability weighted estimators for the average treatment effect using the propensity score', Biometrics, vol. 78, no. 2, pp. 660-667.


Liao, JG, Berg, A & McMurry, TL 2021, 'A Robustified Posterior for Bayesian Inference on a Large Number of Parallel Effects', American Statistician, vol. 75, no. 2, pp. 145-151.
Liao, JG, Midya, V & Berg, A 2021, 'Connecting and Contrasting the Bayes Factor and a Modified ROPE Procedure for Testing Interval Null Hypotheses', American Statistician, vol. 75, no. 3, pp. 256-264.
He, F, Dong, H, Fernandez-Mendoza, J, Bixler, EO, Liao, J & Liao, D 2020, 'Racial/ethnic disparity in habitual sleep is modified by caloric intake in adolescents', Sleep Medicine, vol. 76, pp. 65-71.