Photo of Nannan LiuNannan Liu

Chair & Endowed Professor

Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

Education

1990-1995
Ph.D., Cornell, University, Ithaca, NY (Insect Molecular Toxicology); Dissertation: “Molecular Genetics
of P450 Monooxygenase Mediated Resistance in the House Fly, Musca domestica.”

Professional Experience

2014-Present
Chair (100% administration), Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University.
2009-Present
Professor (75% research, 25% teaching), Insect Molecular Toxicology, Physiology, and Biotechnology, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University (AU).
2013-2016
Alumni Professor, Auburn University.
2010-2016
Faculty Endowed Chair/Professor in Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University.
2003-2009
Associate Professor (75% research, 25% teaching), Insect Molecular Toxicology, Physiology, and Biotechnology, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, AU.
1997-2003
Assistant Professor (75% research, 25% teaching), Insect Molecular Toxicology, Physiology, and Biotechnology, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, AU.
1996-1997
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Entomology, Cornell University. Regulation of cytochrome P450 (CYP6D1) gene expression in insecticide resistance of house flies.
1995-1996
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry. Heme oxygenase gene regulation in rats.
1990-1995
1990-1995 Graduate Research Associate, Department of Entomology, Cornell University. Mechanisms of resistance and molecular genetics of monooxygenase-mediated resistance in house flies.

Honors and Awards

2010
NIH ZRG1-VB-P, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Competitive Grants Award
2010
Endowed professorship award, Auburn University
2009
Dean’s Craftsmanship Award, College of Agriculture, Auburn University
2009
NIH ZRG1-VB-P, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Competitive Grants Award

Professional Affiliations

2007-Present
Adjunct Professor, Southwest Agriculture University, Chongqing, China
2007-Present
Graduate Advisor and Adjunct Professor, Hua Zhong Agriculture University, Wu Han, Ch
2006-Present
Graduate Advisor and Adjunct Professor, College of Agriculture, China Agriculture University, Beijing, China
2002-Present
Adjunct Professor, Northwest Sci-Tech University of Agriculture and Forestry, Yangling, China
2002-Present
Invited Co-Advisor, Northwest Sci-Tech University of Agriculture and Forestry, Yangling, China

Professional Contributions

2010-Present
Member, Awards Committee, Southeastern Branch Entomological Society of America (SEB-ESA)
2007-Present
Associate Editor, Journal of Midsouth Entomologist
2007-Present
Editorial Board Member, The Open Entomology Journal
2007-Present
Editorial Board Member, Acta Entomologica Sinica
2010-2011
Organizer, “Insecticide and Toxicology Symposium” at “The 2nd International Forum of Surveillance and Control of Mosquitoes,” Beijing, China
2010
Member, Program Committee, 84th Annual Meeting of the SEB-ESA
2009
Program Chair, 83rd Annual Meeting of the SEB-ESA
2009
Moderator, Student Oral Competition, Biochemistry and Toxicology, Integrative Physiological & Molecular Insect Systems Section, 57th Annual Meeting of ESA, Indianapolis, Indiana
2009
Moderator, Oral presentation, Genetics, Integrative Physiological & Molecular Insect Systems Section, 57th Annual Meeting of ESA, Indianapolis, Indiana
2009
Organizer, “Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Symposium” at the 83th Annual Meeting of SEB- ESA
2008
Book Editor, “Recent Advances in Insect Physiology, Toxicology and Molecular Biology”, Research Signpost, ISBN: 978-81-308-0242-8

SERVED AS SUPERVISOR TO VISITING SCIENTISTS AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

2009-Present
Dr. Huqi Liu, Associate Professor, Department of Life Sciences, College of Life Sciences, Northwest A & F University, Yangling, China
2009-Present
Dr. Chuanwang Cao, Assistant Professor, College of Forestry, Northeast Forestry University, Heilongjiang, China
2008-Present
Dr. Lan Zhang, Research Associate, Key Laboratory of Toxicology, College of Plant Protection, China Agriculture University, Beijing, China
2006-2007
Dr. Lin He, Professor, Key Laboratory of Toxicology, College of Plant Protection, Northwest University, Chongqing, China
2003-2005
Dr. Haichuan Wang, Visiting Scholar, University of Toronto, Canada
2003-2005
Ms. Qin Lin, Visiting Scholar, University of Toronto, Canada
2001-2003
Prof. Jinian Feng, Professor, Key Laboratory of Plant Protection Resources and Pest Management, Northwest A & F University, Yangling, China

Graduate Students

  • Served as Major Professor: 10 Graduate Students in Total Since 1999
  • Served as Committee Member for Students: 37 in Total; 28 Completed (9 M.S., 19 Ph.D.); 9 Current (1 M.S., 8 Ph.D.)

courses taught

  • ENTM 7100 – Toxicology
  • ENTM 7200 – Insect Physiology
  • ENTM 8970 – Special Problems and Topics in “Molecular Biology and Biotechnology”
  • ENTM 7970 – Special Problems and Topics in “Biotechnology, Toxicology, and Insect Physiology”

Current Funding

  • 2010-2012 – Liu, N. (PI), K. Dong (Co-PI), L. Zhang (C0-PI) “Characterization of sodium channel mutations involved in insecticide resistance in the mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus”, NIH ZRG1-VB-P, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • 2010-2012 – Liu, N. (PI), L. Zhang (Co-PI), “Multiple Gene Interaction(s) and Regulation: the Molecular Basis of Insecticide Resistance in the Mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus”, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Hatch/Multistate Funding Program
  • 2010-2011 – Liu, N. (PI), “Characterization of the functions of P450 genes in the red imported fire ant,” Alabama Department of Agriculture
  • 2009-2011 – Liu, N. (PI), L. Zhang (Co-PI) “Characterizing the role of the 22 up-regulated genes in mosquito resistance”, NIH ZRG1-VB-P, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases