Professor Jia Liu

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Jia Liu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University
Rm 3.211, Science & Engineering Complex
150 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02134

Prof. Liu has more than 15 years of experience in nanoelectronics and bioelectronics. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Harvard University in 2014. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University from 2015 to 2018. He joined Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as an Assistant Professor in 2019. His laboratory at Harvard University is focusing on the development of soft bioelectronics, cyborg engineering, genetic/genomic engineering, and computational tools to address questions in brain-machine interface, neuroscience, cardiac diseases, and developmental disorders.

Prof. Liu has pioneered in bioelectronics where he has originated new paradigms that have defined the soft electronic materials and nanoelectronics architectures for “tissue-like electronics” and "genetically-targeted bioelectronics", and their original applications for long-term stable brain-machine interface, high-density cardiac mapping, stem cell maturation, and multimodal spatial biology. His work has established some of the fundamental principles for current tissue- and brain-machine interfaces used in both academic research and industrial applications. He cofounded and served as scientific advisor of Axoft, Inc., a brain-machine interface company.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Inventor Under 35 (Global List) by MIT Technology Review (2022)
  • Rising Star Award by Advanced Materials  (2022)
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award (2022) 
  • NIH/NIDDK Catalyst Award (DP1, NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Program) (2021)
  • MRS Best Symposium Presentation Award (2021)
  • Harvard SEAS LInc Faculty Fellowship (2021)
  • William F. Milton Award (2020)
  • Harvard Stem Cell Institute Seed Grant Award (2020)
  • Harvard Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship (2019 & 2020)
  • Aramont Fellowship for Junior Faculty (2019)
  • Springer Thesis Award for Best Thesis  (2016)
  • Most Notable Chemistry Research Advances by C&EN (2015)
  • Top 10 World Changing Ideas by Scientific American (2015)
  • Harvard Fieser Lectureship Award (2012)
  • Academic Scholarship of Individual Scientific and Technology Innovation (2009)
  • Hui-Chun Chin and Tsung-Dao Lee Fellowship (2007-2008)
  • Exxon Mobil Scholarship (2008)