Jia Liu

Jia Liu

  • Assistant Professor of Bioengineering


Professor Liu’s research interests emphasize on the development of novel classes of materials and devices as bioelectronics for use in biological and biomedical applications. Specifically, he is interested in exploring advanced nanoelectronics/photonics, polymer chemistry, tissue engineering and genome engineering to seamlessly integrate man-made devices with living systems for understanding, controlling and, ultimately, enhancing the performance of biological systems through the tissue-electronics interface. His first 5-year focus will be on the development of bioelectronic tools/platforms for mapping and controlling single-cell activities from a significant amount of cells across the entire organs in behaving animals with cell-type specificity. Using these tools, Professor Liu aims to study the relationship between single-cell electrophysiology and gene expression with whole-organ level function/dysfunction to specifically address questions in neuroscience, heart diseases and developmental disorders.

Professor Liu obtained his B.S. degree from Fudan University in China, in 2009, where his research with Prof. Dongyuan Zhao focused on the development of superparamagnetic nanomaterials for bio-imaging. He obtained his Ph.D. degree, along with a short postdoctoral stay, with Prof. Charles M. Lieber at Harvard University in 2014. His Ph.D. thesis focused on the development of tissue-like, silicon-based nano-bioelectronics for nanoelectronics-innervated synthetic tissues and syringe-injectable mesh electronics as a gliosis-free and chronically stable brain probe. He moved to Stanford University in 2015 to work as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Zhenan Bao, Prof. Karl Deisseroth and Prof. Anson Lee, where he utilized polymer chemistry and genomic engineering to enable novel electrical interfaces with brain and heart for their activity recording.

Open positions: Perspective students and postdoctoral candidates with background in soft electronics, electrophysiology, genomic engineering, developmental biology, organic synthesis and optics are encouraged to apply. Please contact Prof. Liu by email directly.

Contact Information

Office:Pierce 326
Office Phone:(617) 599-7582
Assistant:Jane Salant
Assistant Office:Cruft 210
Assistant Phone:(617) 496-8119

Primary Teaching Area

Positions & Employment

04/2015-01/2019    Postdoctoral FellowStanford University, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford, CA

05/2014-03/2015    Postdoctoral ResearcherHarvard University, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, MA

09/2009-05/2014    Graduate ResearcherHarvard University, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, MA

06/2006-07/2009    C. Chin & T. D. Lee Undergraduate Research Fellow Fudan University, Department of Chemistry, Laboratory of Advanced Materials


Springer Thesis Award for Best Thesis Annually, 2016

2015’s Most Notable Chemistry Research Advances for “Syringe-injectable Electronics” by C&EN, 2015

2015 Top 10 World Changing Ideas for “Syringe-injectable Electronics” by Scientific American, 2015

Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Studying Abroad, 2014

Harvard Fieser Lectureship Award for Best Graduate Student Research Work, 2012

Academic Scholarship of Individual Scientific and Technology Innovation for Outstanding Undergraduate Research, 2009

Best Poster Award in Materials Research Society International Conference, 2008

Hui-Chun Chin and Tsung-Dao Lee Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2007-2008