Liying read Medicine at the University of Glasgow, graduating with Honours in 2011. Her interests in clinical research started early in her medical school years, undertaking electives to build upon her research skills as a research scholar (Duke University, USA, 2009), and her clinical skills through a Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Programme (Mayo Clinic, USA, 2010).
She furthered her medical training through the Academic Foundation Programme with the East of Scotland Deanery, in 2011, and undertook a rotation in academic ophthalmology, mentored by Professor Carrie MacEwen. In recognition of her research work to improve the clinical management of ocular trauma, she received the Dundee Clinical Academic Track Discovery Travel Award in 2013.
She was successful in securing a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellowship Award in 2013 and subsequently took up ophthalmology specialist training with the Health Education West Midlands School of Ophthalmology. In 2015, she received the Herefordshire Medical Society Junior Staff Prize for best medical case presentation. She was awarded the Elizabeth Hunt medal for attaining the highest mark in the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) Refraction Certificate.
She was awarded a Fight for Sight Clinical Fellowship in 2016 to undertake a PhD project, aiming to characterise the host-microbiome interactions in inflammatory ocular disease. In 2019, she undertook a research fellowship at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Washington, Seattle, USA under the supervision of Professor Russell Van Gelder, to investigate the role of molecular sequencing for the rapid identification of causative pathogens in endophthalmitis.
Liying is currently serving as the Deputy Chair of the Ophthalmologists in Training Group (OTG) for the RCOphth, trainee representative on the NIHR UK-wide Ophthalmology Research Strategy Executive Board and UK Council Member of the International Society for Behçet’s Disease.