Research Highlights

  • soft brain-machine interface

    Brain-machine interface

    Digitizing of brain activity with single-cell resolution, cell-type specificity through soft nanoelectronics-tissue integration

  • cyborg cardiac organoid

    Cyborg organoids

    Tissue-wide integration of nanoelectronics through organogenesis

  • GTCA

    Genetically-targeted bioelectronics

    Assembly of genetically-targeted, tissue-wide bioelectronics through synthetic biology

  • cardiac mapping

    In vivo cardiac mapping at cellular resolution

    Long-term stable, high-density mapping of atrial fibrillation at cellular resolution for local focal points identification

  • Tissue-like electronics

    Tissue-like electronics

    Combination of materials science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering for electronics with tissue-like properties


Jia Liu's group at Harvard brings together researchers from Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, and Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering to develop advanced nanoelectronic, cyborg engineering, genetic and genomic engineering, imaging and computational tools for digitizing the dynamics of biological systems. Specifically, we are working on electronic and optical tools and platforms capable of simultaneous mapping and controlling multimodal single-cell activities across time and space from a statistically significant number of cells in living organisms and behaving animals with cell-type specificity. Leveraging our experimental and computational expertise, we aim to study the relationship between population dynamics of single-cell multimodal physiology and gene expression, and whole-organ/organism level functions and dysfunctions to address questions in brain-machine interface, neuroscience, cardiac diseases and developmental disorders.

Postdoctoral, graduate student, fellow/research assistant, and visiting scholar/visiting undergraduate research intern positions are all currently available.  Please go to our Openings page for more details.




5/1/2020:  Jia Liu has been awarded a Harvard Stem Cell Institute 2020 Seed Grant Award for his cyborg organoids project. We are grateful to the Institute for their support.

3/1/2020:  Ren Liu joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow.  Welcome!  Ren received her PhD in Electrical Engineering at U.C. San Diego.

9/1/2019:  Two Aramont Fund for Emerging Science Fellowship awards have been granted to Jia Liu and to Hao Sheng of our group.  Jia has been awarded the Aramont Junior Faculty Fellowship. Hao has been awarded the Aramont Graduate Student Fellowship. We are very grateful to the Aramont Charitable Foundation for their generous support of our research. Please see the Harvard Gazette article for more information.

9/1/2019:  We welcome new graduate student Xin Tang to the lab.  Also joining the lab are Gaël Ancel and Charlene de Guitaut, Visiting Undergraduate Research Interns from Mines ParisTech, and Han Jiang, Research Fellow, MS, Boston University 2019.  Welcome all!

8/1/2019:  Siyuan Zhao joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow.  Welcome!  Siyuan received his PhD in Physical Chemistry at Peking University, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, with Prof. Xiaojie Duan.  We would also like to welcome Shiqi Guo, joining the lab as a postdoctoral fellow.  Shiqi received her PhD in MEMS, Electronics and Photonics from George Washington University. 

7/1/2019:  The following students joined the lab as undergraduate research interns:  Suwan Ding (Fudan University), Vivi Song (West China Center of Medical Sciences, Sichuan University), and Tianyu Shao (Fudan University).  Qinyi Chen also joined the lab as a Fellow appointment, having just graduated from Jilin University.  Welcome!

5/1/2019: Thomas Blum joined the lab as undergraduate research intern, welcome! Thomas is a freshman in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University.  On 4/12/19, Thomas received the Davenport College Richter Summer Fellowship, congratulations!

3/1/2019: Zuwan Lin joined the lab as graduate student, welcome!

2/8/2019: Hao Sheng joined the lab as graduate student, welcome!

01/10/2019: Dr. Kewang Nan joined the lab as postdoctoral fellow, welcome! Dr. Nan did his PhD at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Dept. of Mechanical Science and Engineering, with Profs. John A. Rogers and Paul V. Braun.

01/01/2019: Dr. Qiang Li joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow, welcome! Dr. Qiang Li did his PhD at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, with Prof. Yuguo Lei.

01/01/2019: Paul Le Floch joined the lab as a joint graduate student with Prof. Zhigang Suo, welcome!

01/01/2019: We start at Harvard SEAS on January 1, 2019.

Liu J, Wang J, Zhang Z, Molina-Lopez F, Wang G-JN, Schroeder BC, Yan X, Zeng Y, Zhao O, Tran H, Lei T, Lu Y, Wang YX, Tok JB-H, Dauskardt R, Chung J, Yun Y, Bao Z. Fully stretchable active-matrix organic light-emitting electrochemical cell array. Nature Communications. 11, 3362 (2020)

Liu J, Zhang X, Liu Y, Rodrigo M, Loftus PD, Aparicio-Valenzuela J, Zheng J, Pong T, Cyr KJ, Babakhanian M, Hasi J, Li J, Jiang Y, Kenney CJ, Wang PJ, Lee AM, Bao Z. Intrinsically stretchable electrode array enabled in vivo electrophysiological mapping of atrial fibrillation at cellular resolution. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (2020)

Zhang S, Wang Y, Yao X, Le Floch, P, Yang X, Liu J, Suo Z. Stretchable electrets: nanoparticle-elastomer composites. Nano Letters. 20, 4580–4587 (2020).

Liu J, Kim Y, Richardson C, Tom A, Ramakrishnan C, Birey F, Katsumata T, Chen S, Wang C, Wang X, Joubert L-M, Jiang Y, Wang H, Fenno L, Tok B-HJ, Pasca S, Shen K, Bao Z, Deisseroth K. Genetically targeted chemical assembly of functional materials in living cells, tissues, and animals. Science 367, 1372-1376 (2020). For two perspectives on this publication from Science Magazine, please see article by K.J. Otto and C.E. Schmidt and article by S. Mao. For perspective and highlight on this publication from Nature Methods, please see article by Nina Vogt.

                                                    Science Magazine

Le Floch, P., N. Molinari, K. Nan, S. Zhang, B. Kozinsky, Z. Suo and J. Liu. Fundamental limits to the electrochemical impedance stability of dielectric elastomers in bioelectronics. Nano Letters 20, 224-233 (2020)

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Li, Q., K. Nan, P. LeFloch, Z. Lin, H. Sheng, T.S. Blum and J. Liu. Cyborg organoids:  Implantation of nanoelectronics via organogenesis for tissue-wide electrophysiology.  Nano Letters 19, 5781-5789 (2019) Please click here for the Harvard Gazette news item about this, and click here for Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences news item.  For more press on this article, please go to our Press page.

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