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Research in the Liu lab lies at the interface of biology and engineering. We are fascinated by cellular dynamics and mechanics, particularly during cell migration and clathrin-mediated endocytosis. We investigate biological signal processing at the membrane using both top-down and bottom-up approaches.

Mentoring philosophy: I aspire to create a collegial, fun, respectful, and collaborative lab. I recognize that everybody has different needs and expectations and will incorporate different elements of training depending on a trainee's career path and ambitions. I see my role as a coach and will bring the most out of each person coming through my lab.

Live cell imaging using TIR-FMVesicle encapsulation for cellular reconstitutionSpatial dynamics of clathrin-coated pits