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Dr. James C.  Liao
Distinguished Research Fellow & President
Institute of Biological Chemistry, Academia Sinica
128, Academia Road Sec. 2, Nankang, Taipei 115, Taiwan
TEL: +886-2-27855696
FAX: +886-2-27889759
liaoj@gate.sinica.edu.tw

Professor Liao is a world leader in metabolic and synthetic biology, particularly in the area of microbial synthesis of fuels and chemicals, and in the redesign of primary metabolic network. He also developed Network Component Analysis (NCA) and Ensemble Modeling for analyzing transcription regulatory networks, and designed synthetic (artificial) gene-metabolic regulatory circuits, which set the foundation for metabolic synthetic biology.

1982 - 1987 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
1976 - 1980 B.S., Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

2016 - Current President, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
2016 - Current Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Academia Sinica
2016 - 2016 Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
2015 - 2015 Member, National Academy of Sciences
2014 - 2014 Academician , Academia Sinica, Taiwan
2014 - 2014 Award for the Industrial Application of Science, National Academy of Sciences
2013 - 2013 The ENI Renewable Energy Prize , bestowed by the President of Italy
2013 - 2013 Member , National Academy of Engineering
2012 - 2012 “Champion of Change” for innovations in renewable energy, The White House
2012 - 2016 Chair, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UCLA
2011 - 2016 Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UCLA
2011 - 2016 Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA
2010 - 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, Environmental Protection Agency, US
2010 - 2016 Member, Molecular Biology Institute, UCLA
2009 - 2012 Vice Chair, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UCLA
2008 - 2011 Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UCLA
2007 - 2016 Associate Director for Energy Research, UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics
2003 - 2007 Associate Director, NASA-UCLA Institute for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration
2002 - 2007 Vice Chair, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UCLA
1997 - 2016 Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California
1993 - 1997 Adjunct Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
1993 - 1997 Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
1990 - 1993 Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
1987 - 1989 Research Scientist, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York

    Publications List
Engineering a Thermostable Keto Acid Decarboxylase Using Directed Evolution and Computationally Directed Protein Design.
Soh LMJ, Mak WS, Lin PP, Mi L, Chen FY, Damoiseaux R, Siegel JB, Liao JC ACS synthetic biology (2017)
Kinetically accessible yield (KAY) for redirection of metabolism to produce exo-metabolites.
Lafontaine Rivera JG, Theisen MK, Chen PW, Liao JC Metabolic engineering (2017)
Synthetic non-oxidative glycolysis enables complete carbon conservation.
Bogorad IW, Lin TS, Liao JC Nature (2013)
Engineering Synthetic Recursive Pathways to Generate Non-natural Small Molecules.
Felnagle, E.A.; A. Chaubey, E.L. Noey, K. N. Houk, J.C. Liao Nature Chem Biol. (2012)
Integrated electro-microbial conversion of CO2 to higher alcohols
Li, H.; P.H. Opgenorth; D.G. Wernick; S. Rogers; T.-Y.Wu; W. Higashide; P. Malati; Y. Huo, K.-M. Cho, and J.C. Liao Science (2012)
Direct recycling of carbon dioxide to isobutyraldehyde using photosynthesis.
Atsumi, S.; Higashide, W.; and J.C. Liao Nature Biotechnol (2009)
Resistance to Diet-Induced Obesity in Mice with Synthetic Glyoxylate Shunt.
Dean, J.T.; Tran, L.; Beaven, S.; Tontonoz, P; Reue, K.; Dipple, K.D.; and J.C. Liao Cell Metabolism (2009)
Expanding Metabolism for Biosynthesis of Nonnatural Alcohols.
Zhang, K., Sawaya, M.R., Eisenberg, D.S. and J.C. Liao Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (2008)
Non-Fermentative Pathways for Synthesis of Branched-Chain Higher Alcohols as Biofuels.
Atsumi, S.; T. Hanai and J.C. Liao Nature (2008)
A synthetic gene-metabolic oscillator.
Fung, E.; Wong, W.W.; Suen, J.K.; Bulter, T.; Lee, S.G.; and J.C. Liao Nature (2005)

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