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Can Liu

About me

I am a perinatal social epidemiologist with a multidisciplinary background. I am motivated to build scientific evidence to inform social and clinical policies that reduce health inequalities. My expertise lies at the intersection of social and medical science. I am specialized in data science, statistical methods, and epidemiological designs. My research focuses on maternal and child health of populations experience disadvantage, e.g. refugees and asylum-seeking women. I am also interested in understanding how interpersonal factors affect health, particularly inter-generational transmission of health, e.g. how fathers or grandparents affect mothers and children's health and vice versa.

Education background

  • Ph.D. Medicine (2017), Karolinska Institutet
  • M.Sc. Population Health (2012), Stockholm University
  • B.Med. Medicine (2008), Fudan University

Postdoctoral training

  • 2019-2021 Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University
  • 2017-2019 Department of Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet


I am working on the project "A life course perspective on bereavement in childhood and health problems in adulthood" to examine how early life adverse experience of losing a parent or sibling influences reproductive health in adulthood.

I am involved in the research programme "Reproduction of inequality through linked lives (RELINK)" and the research project "Drivers of inequalities among families involved with child welfare services" at the Department of Public Health Sciences, Stockholm University. I am also a member of The reproductive, perinatal and pediatric epidemiology research group at the Clinical Epidemiology Division (KEP), Department of Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet.

Research projects