Lab members

Principal Investigator

Gaowen Liu, Lab head

Gaowen Liu received her Master degree in 2012 from National University of Singapore (NUS) for her study of epigenetic regulation of FLC locus in Arabidopsis of Dr. Yuehui He at the Temasek life science Laboratory (TLL).  She then joined the group of Dr. Giulia Rancati at Institute of Medical biology, A*STAR to systematically study adaptive evolution of budding yeast to the deletion of essential genes, where she published first author paper in Cell and received her PhD in 2016 from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She obtained postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Prof. Sophie Martin at University of Lausanne in Switzerland, studying fusion efficiency evolution to the deletion of essential mating genes. She received prestigious Long-term postdoctoral fellowship from Human Frontier Science Project (HFSP) for her postdoctoral training. She won Ray Wu prize, national excellent oversea student award and Kaluza prize finalist in 2016. She became a PI in SIAT since 2021

PhD students

Yang Chen, PhD student

In 2021, she received a master’s degree in genetics from Southwest University, China. During the postgraduate period, she mainly engaged in the molecular biology of plants, study of plant epigenetic regulation in Arabidopsis thaliana. She first joined the Liu Lab in June 2021 as a research assistant and has been a Phd student since Sep 2022. She is working on genomic and genetics analysis of fission yeast adaptive evolution to an essential fusion gene.

Research Assistants

Lin Bi, Research Assistant

She received a Bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from Beijing University of Chemical Technology in 2019 and mainly focused on the study of Efficient biosynthesis. From 2019 to 2022, she studied molecular biology and bioinformatics successively in the University of Queensland, and did a research project on sequencing analysis. She joined the Liu lab in April, 2022, working on industrial strains genomic variation and mating preference.

Zhiying Xu, Research Assistant

She received a master’s degree in crop genetics and breeding from Guangdong Ocean University in 2021. From 2019 to 2021, she studied at the Institute of Crop Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. During this period, her research area is the genetic and breeding applications of plant chromosome engineering. She joined the lab in Jul 2022

Xiaoli Fan, Research Assistant

She graduated from Lanzhou University in 2021 with a Master degree in botany, focusing on the transcriptional regulation mechanism of chloride from roots to shoots in Arabidopsis thaliana, and identifying candidate genes with related functions by RNA-seq and performing preliminary functional elucidation. She joined the lab in Sep 2022.

Intern Students

Chengyuan Li, Intern student

He completed two years of undergraduate study at the University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. He familiarized himself with computer science through pursuing a computing specialization for his major and completed several projects related to Bioinformatics. He started his internship in the Liu lab since Jun 2022, working on RNA-seq and single cell seq data analysis of fission yeast cell during mating.