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

2010-Present The Faculty Endowed Professor, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn
University.
2009-Present Professor (68% research, 32% teaching), Insect Molecular Toxicology and Physiology,
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University. Independent Researcher.
2003-2009 Associate Professor (68% research, 32% teaching), Insect Molecular Toxicology and Physiology,
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University. Independent Researcher.
1997-2003 Assistant Professor (68% research, 32% teaching), Insect Molecular Toxicology, Physiology.
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University. Independent Researcher.
1996-1997 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Entomology, Cornell University. Regulation
of cytochrome P450 (CYP6D1) gene expression in insecticide resistance of house flies. Researched
in the lab of Dr. Jeffrey G. Scott.
1995-1996 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Rochester, School
of Medicine and Dentistry. Heme oxygenase gene regulation in rats. Researched in the lab of
Dr. Mahin D. Maines.
1990-1995 Graduate Research Associate, Department of Entomology, Cornell University. Mechanisms of
resistance and molecular genetics of monooxygenase-mediated resistance in house flies. Researched
in the lab of Dr. Jeffrey G. Scott.

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