National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research
Dr. Liu received PhD degree in Plant Molecular Genetics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1994. Her postdoctoral research focused in biotechnology and genetic engineering. Dr. Liu has been a research molecular biologist at USDA-ARS-NCAUR since 2002. Dr. Liu’s current work focuses on microbial fermentations of various biomass hydrolysates and genetic manipulations of Gram-positive bacteria for conversion of biomass to biofuels and value-added products. Dr. Liu has authored and coauthored more than 51 peer reviewed publications and 12 invited presentations. Dr. Liu has authored and co-authored 4 invited book chapters, one US patent. Dr. Liu served as ad-hoc proposal reviewer for several organizations and also served as Merit Review Panel for DOE bioenergy related proposals. Dr. Liu also served as reviewer of numerous peer-reviewed journals in the area of biotechnology, molecular biology and genetic engineering; she serves as editorial board member for the Journal of Petroleum & Environmental Biotechnology.
Dr. Liu research In terest include Genetic and metabolic engineering approaches to develop microbial biocatalysts for biochemical conversion of biomass to biofuels.