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NAME: Zhanjiang (John) Liu

Associate Vice President for Research & Associate Provost
Professor, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences

MAILING ADDRESS: 202 Samford Hall
Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849-5112
TELEPHONE: (334)-844-4784 (office), (334)-844-9193 (lab)
FAX: (334)-844-5971



Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
M.S. 1986
Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
B.S. 1981
Plant Pathology and Entomology, with highest honor, Northwestern Agricultural University, Shaanxi Province, China




Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture, and Assistant Director, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES), Auburn University

2002-2007 Alumni Professor, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, and Director, Aquatic Genomics Unit, Auburn University
2004-2007 Professor and China Programs Coordinator, College of Agriculture, Auburn University
1999-2002 Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, and Director, Aquatic Genomics Unit, Auburn University
1995-1999 Assistant Professor, Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University
1994-1995 Director, R&D, National Biosciences, Inc., Plymouth, MN
1991-1994 Research Professor, Institute of Human Genetics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1990-1991 Postdoctoral Fellow, USDA ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory, St. Paul, MN
1986-1989 Graduate Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant, Department of Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
1983-1985 Research Assistant, Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
1982-1983 Researcher, Plant Pathology, Beijing Agricultural University, Beijing, China.
1978-1981 Research Assistant, Northwestern Agricultural University, China.
1974-1977 County Extension Agent for Agricultural Extension, Yanchuan County, Shaanxi Province



2007 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
2009 USDA Recognition for significant contribution to the National Animal Genome Program as Coordinator for Aquaculture, USDA CSREES.
1999 Distinguished Research Award by Alabama Catfish Producers in recognition of outstanding research contributions and dedication to Alabama's catfish industry.
2003 Governor's Golden Summit Award from Sichuan Province, China in recognition of "enthusiastic support to economic construction and social progress in Sichuan Province, and prominent contributions to international exchange and friendly cooperation between Sichuan and foreign countries."
2012-present Honorary Dean, College of Marine Science and Engineering, Qingdao Agricultural University, China
2009-present Honorary Director, Applied Genomics Institute, the Chinese Academy of Fisheries Sciences
2011-present Distinguished Hou Ji Scholar, Northwest A&F University, Yanglin, China
2007-present Academic Master for Aquaculture under "111" Project of China.
2007 Creative Research & Scholarship Award, the highest research award at Auburn University.
2013 Distinguished Deep Blue Scholar, Dalian Ocean University
2008-present Eminent Professor, Shanghai Ocean University
2002-2007 Alumni Professor, Auburn University
2012 Super Professor, FacultyRow
2012-present Affiliated Professor, Dalian Ocean University, China
2008 Second place award for most cited paper of the year, International Society of Animal Genetics.
2008-present Affiliated Professor, Northwest A&F University, China
2007-present Affiliated Professor, Liaoning Fisheries Research Academy, China
2007-present Affiliated Professor, Ocean University of China
2006 Director's Outstanding Senior Research Award, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station.
2005-present Affiliated Professor, Shanxi Agricultural University
2005-present Affiliated Professor, Heilongjiang Fisheries Research Institute
2004-present Affiliated Professor, Shanghai E-Institute
2003-present Honorary Director, Key Laboratory of Aquaculture Genetics and Ecology, Ministry of Agriculture, Shanghai Fisheries University
2000 "Catfish Genome Research" exhibited on Capitol Hill, sponsored by NASULGC.
2012 Academy of Fellows, College of Agriculture, Auburn University
2000 Research featured in the AU Football season program and Auburn Tigers Magazine.
1990 Research featured on the cover of Biotechnology.
1987 Outstanding Student Leader Award, University of Minnesota, for service in the Association of International Student Associations.
1986 Presidential Award for Outstanding Student Leadership.
1986 Competitive Graduate Fellowship, University of Minnesota.
1985 Certification for vital role in promoting friendship between people of the US and China, US-China Peoples' Friendship Association of Minnesota.
1983 Graduate Scholarship, the Educational Council of China.
1981 Top Student List, Northwestern Agricultural University.
1981 Governor's Award for Model Student, Shaanxi Province, China.
1981 Governor's Student Leadership Award, Shannxi Province.
1978-1981 President's Award for Model Student, Northwestern Agricultural University.
1980 Governor's Award for Model Student, Shaanxi Province.



2007-present American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
2004-present World Aquaculture Society.
1998-present American Fisheries Society.
1997-1998 Honorary Member, American Institute of Biological Sciences.
1983-1985 American Phytopathological Society.



Grant Panel Review Experiences

2013-2016 Overseas Expert Review Panel, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2012 Integrative Organismal Systems, National Science Foundation
2012 Grant Review, Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia)
2012 Grant Review Panel, USDA NIFA Translational Genomics
2011 Singapore National Research Foundation
2010 Grant Review Panel, NSF SBIR “Food Safety” Program.
2009 Grant Review Panel, USDA “Critical Issues in Emerging Plant and Animal Diseases" program
2008 South Africa’s National Research Foundation Research Evaluations
2008 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada grant review
2008 Grant Review Panel, USDA NRI Whole Genome-based Selection
2007 Grant Review Panel, NSF SBIR Phase II Program
2007 Grant Review Panel, Natural Science Foundation of China
2006 Grant Review Panel, USDA NRI Animal Genome Program
2006 Grant Review Panel, Natural Science Foundation of China
2005 Grant Panel Manager, USDA NRI Porcine Genome Sequencing Panel
2005 USDA Special Grants Program for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture
2004 Review Panel, USDA ARS Scientific Quality Program Review, NP 106-Biology, Genetics, and Husbandry Program
2004 NIH/CSR study section, Immunology
2002-2003 Aquaculture Chairperson, National Animal Genome Project NRSP-8
2003 Grant Review Panel, Wisconsin Sea Grant
2003 Grant Review Panel, USDA NRI Animal Genomes and Genetic Mechanisms Program
2003 Grant Review Panel, USDA NRI Animal Growth and Nutrition Program
2003 External Expert Review Panel, Genoma Espana and Genome Canada
2002 Grant Review Panel, USDA NRI Animal Growth and Nutrition Program
2002 Grant Review Panel, USDA SBIR Aquaculture Program
2001 Grant Review Panel, Maryland Sea Grant
2001 Canadian AquaNet Research Projects review
2000 Review Panel, USDA ARS Aquaculture Program
1999 Grant Review Panel, Maryland Sea Grant
1998 USDA ARS review, Catfish Genetics Research Unit Five Year Research Plan
1997 Grant Review Panel, NOAA Sea Grant, Aquaculture Endocrinology and Molecular Genetics


Journal Editorial Experiences

2004-present Co-Editor-in-Chief, Marine Biotechnology
2010-2013 Academic Editor, PLoS One
2010- present Associate Editor, BMC Genomics
2009- 2013 Associate editor, BMC Genetics
2004-2013 Editorial Board, Aquaculture.
2007-present Editorial Board, Animal Biotechnology
2008-2013 Editorial Board, Reviews in Aquaculture
2007-present Editorial Board, Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology
2002-2004 Editorial Board, Marine Biotechnology.
Also served as reviewer for over 40 professional journals including Acta Zoologica Sinica, Animal Biotechnology, Animal Genetics, Aquaculture, Aquaculture Research, Aquatic Living Resources, Biochemical Genetics, Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, BMC Genomics, BMC Evolutionary Biology, BMC Molecular Biology, Cell Research, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Developmental and Comparative Immunology, Developmental Dynamics, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, DNA Sequence, DNA and Cell Biology, Electrophoresis, Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, Food Microbiology, Gene, General and Comparative Endocrinology, Genetics, Genome Research, Genomics, Global Science Books, In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology, International Journal of Biological Sciences, Journal of Animal Science, Journal of Comparative Physiology, Journal of Experimental Zoology, Journal of Fish Biology, Journal of Heredity, Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, Journal of Nutrition, Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, Mammalian Genome, Marine Biotechnology, Micron, Molecular and General Genetics, Molecular Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Marine Biology and Biotechnology, Nucleic Acids Research, The FASEB Journal, and Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.


National & International Program Leadership and Advisory Panels

2013 Session Chair, Functional Genomics: Fish, International Conference of Fish and Shellfish Immunology, Vigo, Spain
2013 Organizing Committee, The Third Conference of Genomics in Aquaculture (GIA) 2013, Bodo, Norway
2012 Session Chair, Hi-Techs in Aquaculture, World Aquaculture Society Aquaculture 2012, Prague, Czech, September 1-5, 2012.
2011 Session Chair, Genomics, World Aquaculture Society Aquaculture America 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana February 28-March 3, 2011.
2011 Session Co-Chair, Finfish Genetics, World Aquaculture Society Aquaculture 2011, Natal, Brazil, June 6 - 10, 2011.
2009-2012 Organizing Committee, International Plant & Animal Genome Conference.
2009 Co-Chairperson, International Plant & Animal Genome Conference XVIII, January 8-14, 2009, San Diego, USA.
2009 Session Chair, Aquaculture genetics, World Aquaculture Society, Veracruz, Mexico.
2009 Scientific Committee, International Symposium of Genetics in Aquaculture (ISGA 2009), June 22-26, 2009. Bangkok, Thailand.
2008 Session Chair, Molecular immune response mechanisms of fish, 5th World Fisheries Congress, October 20-24, Yokohama, Japan.
2008 Vice Chair, Gordon Conference for Marine Genomics, BioInformatics and Climate.
2008 Chairman, International Conference on Healthy Aquaculture, May 24-27, Qingdao, China.
2006 Session Chair for Molecular aspects and biotechnology, and Session Chair for Genomics, US-Israel Aquaculture Genetics Workshop.
2005 International Advisory Committee, 13th International Congress on Genes, Gene Families and Isozymes and 2005's Forum on Fishery Science and Technology, Sept. 17-21, 2005. Shanghai, China.
2002 Expert Panel, Workshop on Genetic Improvement and Selective Breeding for the Hybrid Striped Bass Industry. Stuttgart, Arkansas.
2002 Expert Consultation on Strategies and Plans for Dissemination of Improved Fish Breeds, NAGRI, Pathumthani, Thailand.
2002 International Co-Chair, Aquatic Genomics Session, World Aquaculture Society Annual Conference, Beijing, China.
2001-2002 Organizer, National Aquaculture Genomics Workshop 2002 in San Diego, CA.
2010 rogram Review, Kuwait Science Foundation, "Developing and Application of DNA Fingerprinting in Zobaidy (Pampus Aregenteus) in the Northern Arabian Gulf, Project Code: 2004-1207-10.



  1. Teaching
  2. Student Advising



Published Books

  1. Liu ZJ. Editor, Aquaculture Genome Technologies, pp.551, Blackwell Publishing, 2007, Ames, IA. ISBN: 978-0-8138-0203-9. This book has been translated into Chinese language by Bao et al. and published by the Chinese Chemical Publishing, 2011.
  2. Liu ZJ. Editor, Next Generation Sequencing & Whole Genome Selection in Aquaculture, pp.221, Wiley and Blackwell Publishing, 2011, Ames, IA. ISBN: 978-0-8138-0637-2
  3. Saroglia M and Liu ZJ, editors, Functional Genomics in Aquaculture, pp. 407, Wiley and Blackwell Publishing, 2012, Ames, IA. ISBN 978-0-4709-6008-0


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Some Recent Invited Lectures (out of 120 total)

2013 Genomics approaches to the understanding of disease resistance and innate immunity in catfish, Keynote lecture for the First International Fish and Shellfish Immunology, June 26, Vago, Spain.
2013 Catfish Genome Sequencing, Assembly and Annotation, Invited lecture, June 4, 2013, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China.
2012 Aquaculture genomics research at Auburn University, seminar at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
2012 Aquaculture genomics and genome technologies for genetic improvement of aquaculture, invited lecture at Symposium for Aquaculture Genetics, Beijing, China.
2012 Transcriptome of channel catfish and its applications to genome research and genetic enhancement programs. World Aquaculture Society Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, September 1-6, 2012.
2011 Challenges of genome era aquaculture genetics research, Invited lecture, Hudson/Alpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, Alabama, October 25, 2011.
2011 Challenges of Aquaculture Genetics Research in the Post Genome Era. Plenary Session Keynote lecture, International Symposium of Genomics in Aquaculture, Heraklion, Crete, Greece. September 14-18, 2011.
2011 Liu, Z.J. Strategies for the application of whole genome sequences for improving production and performance traits in catfish. Keynote lecture, Functional Genomics Session, World Aquaculture Society Conference, Natal, Brazil, June 6-10, 2011.
2011 “Strategies for efficient assembly and annotation of the whole genome sequence of catfish”, Plenary lecture presented in Aquaculture Workshop, International Conference of Plant and Animal Genome Mapping XIX, January 14-19, 2010, San Diego, CA.
2010 “Trend of Aquaculture Genomics”, Hainan University, Haikou, China.
2010 “Strategies for efficient assembly and annotation of the catfish whole genome sequence”, Chinese Academy of Fisheries Science, Beijing, and televised remotely to all research institutes of the academy.
2010 Honors seminar to STEM students and faculty, “Catfish Genome Technologies and Applications to Aquaculture”, Alabama State University.
2010 Keynote lecture, “Genome research of catfish: from ground zero to whole genome sequencing”, Annual Graduate Symposium, Department of Animal Science, University of Maryland.
2009 “Catfish genomics: does all the hard work in the past means anything?” The Genomics in Aquaculture Symposium, Bodø University College, Bodø, Norway.
2009 “Going with trend or falling behind: Aquaculture genomics at a crossroad”, keynote lecture, International Symposium on Genetics in Aquaculture (ISGA 2009), Bangkok, Thailand.
2009 “Aquaculture functional genomics: focus, trend and challenges ahead”, keynote lecture, World Aquaculture Society Conference, Veracruz, Mexico.
2008 Invited lecture, “Monitoring phenotypes under water: Challenges and possibilities ahead. Oct 26-29, 2008. Allerton Conference IV, Confronting Phenotypes, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL.
2008 “Status and trends of aquaculture genomics” keynote lecture, World Aquaculture Society, Pusan, Korea.
2008 “Genomic approaches for the identification of immune responsors: you will not miss any guard”, keynote lecture, the 5th World Fisheries Congress, Yokohama, Japan.


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