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Jintao Liu

Jintao Liu

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Email: JintaoLiu@tsinghua.edu.cn


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Dr. Liu studies bacterial biofilms, which are densely-packed bacteria communities. Biofilms are highly resistant to drugs and to our immune systems, causing serious health problems. Using interdisciplinary and quantitative approaches, Dr. Liu and his team focus on developing innovative technologies to culture and probe biofilms, studying their spatiotemporal dynamics, and developing more effective strategies to treat bacterial infections.



1. Lee DD, Prindle A, Liu J, Süel GM. Snapshot: Electrochemical Communication in Biofilms. Cell 170, 214 (2017).

2. Liu J, Martinez-Corral R, Prindle A, Lee DD, Larkin J, Gabalda-Sagarra M, Garcia-Ojalvo J, Süel GM. Coupling between distant biofilms and emergence of nutrient time-sharing. Science 356, 638 (2017).

3. Humphries J, Xiong L, Liu J, Prindle A, Yuan F, Tsimring L, Süel GM. Species-independent attraction to biofilms through electrical signaling. Cell 168, 200 (2017).

4. Mugler A, Kittisopikul M, Hayden L, Liu J, Wiggins CH, Süel GM, Walczak AM. Noise expands the response range of the Bacillus subtilis competence circuit. PLoS Computational Biology 12(3): e1004793 (2016).

5. Prindle A, Liu J, Asally M, Ly S, Garcia-Ojalvo J, Süel GM. Ion channels enable electrical communication in bacterial communities. Nature 527, 59 (2015).

6. Liu J, Prindle A, Humphries J, Gabalda-Sagarra M, Asally M, Lee DD, Ly S, Garcia-Ojalvo J, Süel GM. Metabolic co-dependence gives rise to collective oscillations within biofilms. Nature523, 550 (2015).

7. Setlow P, Liu J, Faeder JR. Heterogeneity in bacterial spore populations. In Bacterial Spores: Current Research and Applications. Editor: Ernesto Abel-Santos. Caister Academic Press (2012).

8. Yi X*, Liu J*, Faeder JR, Setlow P. Synergism between different germinant receptors in the germination of Bacillus subtilis spores. Journal of Bacteriology 193, 4664 (2011). (* co-first author)

9. Liu J, Faeder JR, Camacho CJ. Toward a quantitative theory of intrinsically disordered proteins and their function. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 106, 19819 (2009).

10. Goldschmidt YY, Liu J. Langevin dynamics of the two-stage melting transition of vortex matter in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 in the presence of straight or tilted columnar defects. Physical Review B 76, 174508 (2007).

11. Avraham N, Goldschmidt YY, Liu J, Myasoedov Y, Rappaport M, Zeldov E, van der Beek CJ, Konczykowski M, Tamegai T. Dynamic and thermodynamic properties of porous vortex matter in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 in an oblique magnetic field. Physical Review Letters 99, 087001 (2007).

12. Qing Chen, Yi Wang, Liu J, Ke-Lin Wang. N-player quantum minority game. Physics Letters A 327, 98 (2004).

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