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ZongLin (Lewis) Liu

ZongLin (Lewis) Liu has worked as molecular biologist at ARS in Peoria, IL since 2002.  He earned an MS in Microbiology from Chinese Academy of Sciences and a PhD in Plant Pathology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Liu conducted postgraduate research on genetic diversity and molecular biology at University of Illinois. Dr. Liu worked as senior scientist in industry and visiting associate professor at University of Illinois prior jointing to ARS. Currently, Dr. Liu at ARS studies genomic mechanisms of stress tolerance of the industrial yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to aid the next-generation biocatalyst development for sustainable and low-cost production of advanced biofuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic materials. Dr. Liu develops new patent strains using environmental engineering, genetic engineering and protein engineering methods from varied sources of industrial yeast that is suitable for industrial applications. Toward this goal, Dr. Liu applies systems biology approaches to investigate yeast tolerance and new strain development at cellular, molecular and the genomic levels.

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