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Dr. Yan Liu, an associate professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department at Michigan State University (MSU), is leading an active research program on biological conversion of agricultural residues into bioenergy/chemical products. Dr. Liu has PhD degrees in Food Science and Biosystems Engineering. Her expertise is in the following areas: biological conversion of agricultural residues to value-added products and energy; high density microorganism fermentation, animal waste conversion to renewable energy and other bioproducts; Fungal and algal cultivation to produce high value products such as biofuel, enzymes and pharmaceuticals, as well as strain screening, development and application.

Ph.D., Biological Systems Engineering, December 2005, Washington State University, USA. Dissertation Title: Co-production of lactic acid and chitin using a pelletized filamentous Rhizopus oryzae culture from cull potatoes
Ph.D., Food Science, July 2000, Ocean University of China, China. Dissertation Title: Studies on the chemistry of alginate oligoglycuronates degraded by enzyme and the enzymology of alginate lyases
M.S., Food Science, December 1996, Wuxi University of Light Industry, China. Thesis Title: Production of protein-rich malt extract from malt and barley using enzymatic hydrolysis method
B.S., Food Engineering, July 1994, Shandong Institute of Light Industry, China.

1. Pavlik, D., Zhong, Y., Daiek, C., Liao, W., Mrogan, R., Clary, B., Liu. Y. 2017 Microalgae Cultivation for of Carbon Dioxide Sequestration and Protein Production using a High-efficiency Photobioreactor System, Algal Research 25, 413-430. Impact factor 5.01.

2. Li, Q., Liu, Y., Liao, W., Powers, W. 2017. Microalgal cultivation using animal production exhaust air: technical and economic feasibility. CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water 45, 1-8. Impact factor 1.95.

3. MacLellan, J., Chen, R., Yue, Z.B., Kraemer, R., Liu, Y., Liao, W. 2017. Effects of protein and lignin on cellulose and xylan analyses of lignocellulosic biomass. Journal of Integrative Agriculture 16, 1268-1275. Impact factor 1.02.

4. Liu, Z., Oyetunde, T., Hollingshead, W., Hermanns, A, Tang, Y., Liao, W., Liu, Y. 2017. Exploring Eukaryotic Formate Metabolisms to enhance Microbial Growth and Lipid Accumulation. Biotechnology for Biofuels 10, 19-31. Impact factor 6.44.

5. Liu, Z., Liao, W., Liu, Y. 2016. A sustainable bioreifinery concept to convert agricultural residues into value-added chemicals. Biotechnology for Biofuels 9, 197-205. Impact factor 6.44.

6. Zhong Y., Liu, Z., Isaguirre, C., Liu, Y., Liao, W. 2016. Fungal fermentation on anaerobic digestate for lipid-based biofuel production. Biotechnology for Biofuels 9, 253-264. Impact factor 6.44.

7. Chen, R., Liu, Y., Liao, W. 2016. Using environmentally friendly process combining electrocoagulation and algal cultivation to treat high strength wastewater. Algal Research 16, 330-337. Impact factor 5.01.

8. Li, Q., Powers, W., Rozeboom, D., Liu, Y., Liao, W. 2016. An integrated Water Curtain-Microalgal Culture system (WCMC) to mitigate air emissions and recover nutrients from animal feeding operations. Algal Research 18, 166-174. Impact factor 5.01.

9. Zanotti, M., Ruan, Z., Bustamante, M., Liu, Y., Liao, W. 2016. A Sustainable Lignocellulosic Biodiesel Production Integrating Solar- and Bio-power Generation. Green Chemistry 18, 5059-5068. Impact factor 8.02.

10. Liu, Z., Liu, Y. 2016. Synergistic Integration of Electrocoagulation and Algal cultivation to Treat Liquid Anaerobic Digestion Effluent and Accumulate Algal Biomass. Process Biochemistry 51, 89-94. Impact factor 2.52.

11. Wang, D., Zhu, Z., Wang, X., Bustamante, M., Xu, Y., Liu, Y., Liao, W. 2015. Improving mycelium-bound lipase production by aggregating Rhizopus chinensis on a draft tube in a modified stirred tank fermentor. Process Biochemistry 50, 2019-2028. Impact factor 2.52.

12. Wang, X., Ruan, Z., Guan, W., Kraemer, R., Zhong, Y., Liu, Y.2015. Evaluation of Fungal Lactic Acid Accumulation Using Glycerol as the Sole Carbon Source.  Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering 20, 389-395. Impact factor 1.22.

13. Selke, S., Auras, R., Nguyen, T., Castro A., Cheruvathur, R., Liu, Y. 2015. Evaluation of Biodegradation-Promoting Additives for Plastics. Environmental Science & Technology 49(6), 3769-77. Impact factor 5.48.

14. Ruan, Z., Hollinshead, W., Isaguirre, C., Tang, Y. J., Liao, W., Liu, Y. 2015. Effects of inhibitory compounds in lignocellulosic hydrolysates on Mortierella isabellina growth and carbon utilization. Bioresource Technology 183, 18-24. Impact factor 4.49.

15. Wang, X., Ruan, Z., Sheridan, P., Boileau, D., Liu, Y., Liao, W. 2015. Two-stage photautotrophic cultivation to improve carbohydrate production in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Biomass and Bioenergy 74, 280-287. Impact factor 3.41.

16. Wang, X. Q., Ruan, Z. H., Sears, B. B., Liu, Y., Liao, W. 2015. Transgenic expression of a bacterial thermophilic amylase in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii chloroplast. BioEnergy Research 8, 527-536. Impact factor 3.40.

17. Liu, Z., Stromberg, D., Liu, X., Liao, W., Liu, Y. 2015. A new multiple-stage electrocoagulation process on anaerobic digestion effluent to simultaneously reclaim water and clean up biogas. Journal of Hazardous Materials 285, 483-490. Impact factor 4.33.

18. Zhong, Y., Ruan, Z., Zhong, Y., Archer, S., Liu, Y., Liao, W. 2015. A self-sustaining advanced lignocellulosic biofuel production by integration of anaerobic digestion and aerobic fungal fermentation. Bioresource Technology 179, 173-179. Impact factor 4.49.

19. Hussain J., Liu, Y., Araujo-Lopes, W., de-Souze, C. O., de-Carvalho, G. C., Nascimento, I. A., Liao, W. 2015. Effects of different lipid extraction methods on algal lipid yield, fatty acid profile and biodiesel quality. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 175(6), 3048-3057. Impact factor 1.74.

20. Ruan, Z., Zanotti, M., Archer, S., Liao, W., Liu, Y. 2014. Oleaginous fungal lipid fermentation on combined acid- and alkali-pretreated corn stover hydrolysate for advanced biofuel production. Bioresource Technology 163, 12-17. Impact factor 4.49.

21. Hussain, J., Ruan, Z., Nascimento, I. A., Liu, Y., Liao, W. 2014. Lipid profiling and corresponding biodiesel quality of Mortierella isabellina using different drying and extraction methods. Bioresource Technology 169, 768-772. Impact factor 4.49.

22. Chen, R., Thomas, B. D., Liu, Y., Mulbry, W., Liao, W. 2014. Effects of algal hydrolysate as reaction medium on enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocelluloses. Biomass and Bioenergy 67, 72-78. Impact factor 3.41.

23. Ji, S., Lu, J., Liu, Z., Srivastava, D., Song, A., Liu, Y., Lee, I. 2014. Dynamic encapsulation of hydrophilic nisin in hydrophobic poly (lactic acid) particles with controlled morphology by a single emulsion process. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 423, 85-93. Impact factor 3.55.

24. Zhang, L., Wang, X.Q., Ruan, Z.H., Liu, Y., Niu, X.R., Yue, Z.B., Li, Z. M., Liao, W., Liu, Y., 2014 Fungal cellulase/xylanase production and corresponding hydrolysis using pretreated corn stover. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 172, 1045-1054. Impact factor 1.69.

25. Xiao, Y., Ruan, Z., Liu, Z., Wu, S., Varman, A., Liu, Y., Tang, Y. 2013. Engineering Escherichia coli to convert acetic acid to free fatty acids. Biochemical Engineering Journal 76, 60-69. Impact factor 2.37.

26. Lu, J., Weerasiri, R., Liu, Y., Wang, W., Ji, S., Lee, I. 2013. Enzyme Production by the Mixed Fungal Culture with Nano-Pretreated Biomass and Enzymatic Hydrolysis. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 110, 2123-2130. Impact factor 4.16.

27. Shi, R., Li, Z., Ye, Q., Xu, J., Liu, Y. 2013. Heterologous expression and characterization of a novel thermo-halotolerant endoglucanase Cel5H from Dictyoglomus thermophilum.  Bioresource Technology 142, 338-44. Impact factor 5.04.

28. Liu, Z., Ruan, Z., Xiao, Y., Yi, Y., Tang, Y. Liao, W., Liu, Y. 2013. Integration of sewage sludge digestion with advanced biofuel synthesis. Bioresource Technology 132, 166-172. Impact factor 5.04.

29. Ruan, Z., Zanotti, M., Ducey, C., Liao, W., Liu, Y. 2013. Co-hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass for microbial lipid accumulation. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 110(4), 1039-49.Impact factor 4.16.

30. Maclellan, J., Chen, R., Kraemer, R., Zhong, Y., Liu, Y., Liao, W. 2013. Anaerobic Treatment of Lignocellulosic Material to Co-produce Methane and Digested Fiber for Ethanol Biorefining. Bioresource Technology 130, 418-23. Impact factor 5.04.

31. Yue, Z. B., Chen, R., Yang, F., MacLellan, J., Marsh, T., Liu, Y., Liao, W. 2013. Effects of dairy manure and corn stover co-digestion on anaerobic microbes and corresponding digestion performance. Bioresource Technology 128, 65-71. Impact factor 5.04.