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Jin Liu
Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Energy and Resources Engineering

2010, PhD, Algae Biotechnology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
2005, MSc, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
2003, BSc, Biological Science, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China


Professional Experience
2015-present, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Peking University, China
2012-2015, Research Scientist, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA
2011-2012, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Arizona State University, USA
2006-2011, Research Associate, The University of Hong Kong, China


Research Interests
Basic and applied research on microalgae and microbes for production of high-value products, biofuels and biomaterials, and for bioremediation of air, water and wastewater. Major research interests include: 1) algae physiology and biotechnology; 2) systems biology of microalgae; 3) biosynthesis and regulation of carotenoids and fatty acids/lipids; 4) algal growth physiology and mass culture; 5) microbe-based bioremediation; 6) algal biofuels; 7) value-added bioproducts (e.g., astaxanthin and ω-3 PUFA) from algae.


Joined Peking University in 2015 as a tenure-track assistant professor and National youth Thousand Talents Program Fellow. Received a BSc in biology and an MSc in biochemistry and molecular biology from Sun Yat-sen University, and a PhD in algal biotechnology from The University of Hong Kong. Worked in world top laboratories on plants and microalgae over ten years. Broadly trained and highly experienced molecular biologist and phycologist with interdisciplinary background. Particular areas of expertise include molecular biology, genetic engineering, biotechnology, transcriptomics, mass cultivation, algal physiology, algal biofuels and high-value products. Published over 30 peer-reviewed research articles on top journals of algae fields. Wrote 6 book chapters and editing a book. Editorial board members of several peer-reviewed journals.


Professional Societies
Leading guest editor (BioMed Research International, special issue ‘Advances in Microalgal Biotechnology’)
Editorial Board member (International Journal of Plant Studies, Frontiers in Marine Science, etc)
Member (Algae Biomass Organization, Genetics Society of America)
Journal reviewer (Bioresource Technology, Food Chemistry, Scientific Reports, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Algal Research, Journal of Applied Phycology, Journal of Phycology, Marine Drugs, Energies, Eukaryotic Cell, Photosynthetic Research, Biotechnology Letters, Molecular Biotechnology, Algae, Molecules, etc)


2015, Recipient, National Youth Thousand Talents Program
2006-2010, Recipient, Graduate Scholarship from The University of Hong Kong