Can Liu

Can Liu

Affiliated to research

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, children, and adolescent health of populations who experience disadvantages, e.g. refugees, asylum-seekers, or people with disabilities. I am also interested in understanding how interpersonal factors affect health, particularly inter-generational transmission of health, e.g. how fathers or grandparents affect their offspring.

Postdoctoral training

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

Research description

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.


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