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Professor Luning Liu Ph.D., FRSB, FRMS

Professor, Chair of Microbial Bioenergetics and Bioengineering, Fellow of Royal Society of Biology, Fellow of Royal Microscopical Society Biochemistry, Cell and Systems Biology


Personal Statement

I am a Chair Professor of Microbial Bioenergetics and Bioengineering at the Department of Biochemistry and Systems Biology, Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society, and an Advisory Board Member of UK EPSRC Solar Chemicals Network. By applying and developing a broad range of techniques, including molecular genetics, protein biochemistry, synthetic biology and biophysical approaches, my research group ( aims to uncover the molecular basis driving the self-assembly and functional regulations of protein complexes and metabolic machinery. The study will inform the design and engineering of proteins, enzymes, new bioinspired nanomaterials, bionanoreactors, and cages to make our life better and green.

I received my Ph.D. in Microbiology in 2008 from Shandong University. I carried out a joint PhD project at Leiden University, Netherlands (2005-2008), and I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute Curie, Paris (2008-2010), and a Marie Curie research fellow at the Queen Mary University of London (2010-2012). I became a staff scientist at the University of Liverpool in December 2012, and obtained a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (10/2013-09/2022).

Prizes or Honours

  • Dean's Excellence - Research Award 2023 (University of Liverpool, 2023)
  • Life2020 Young Investigator Award (Life, 2020)

Funded Fellowships

  • Royal Society University Research Fellowship (Royal Society, 2013)
  • Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (European Commission, 2010)