Current Students

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Mengru An
Degree: M.S.
Year: 2018-Present
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Insecticide resistance in mosquito Aedes Albopictus in Alabama
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Shanshan Jiang
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Tentative
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Xin Wang
Degree: Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Tentative

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Yifan Wang
Degree: M.S. and Ph.D.
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Status of insecticide resistance of mosquitoes in Alabama

Former Students

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Zhou Zhen
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2019
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Immunology of the mosquitoes and house flies.

Xuexchun Feng
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2018
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Resistance gene regulation in house flies, Musca domestica.
Recognitions and Awards: 1. First price, Graduate Student Competition for the President’s Prize, 2014 Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of America (ESA);
2. First Prize, Graduate Student Competition for the President’s Prize, 2017 Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of America (ESA)
Ximin Wang
Degree: M.S.
Year: 2017
Co-advisor: Dr. Liu
Research: The Transmission of epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV) among white-tailed deer in Alabama.

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Feng Liu
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2016
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Insects’ response to chemicals.
Recognitions and Awards: 1. Top 10 Outstanding Graduate Students of AU, 2016. The Second Place, Outstanding Ph.D. Student Oral Presentation, 2014 Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America (SEB-ESA);
2. Outstanding Ph.D. student, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University 2014;
3. “Second Place”, Insect Photography Contest Macrophotography, Male Mosquito Antennal Sensilla, The 2013 Annual Meeting of Southeastern Branches of Entomological Society of America, Baton Rougue, Loisiana;
4. Frist Prize: Graduate Student Competition, Overseas Chinese Entomologists Association, 2014; and
5. The Graduate Research Award, teh Graduate School, AU, 2012.
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Caixing Xiong
Degree: Undergraduate/M.s.
Year: 2016
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: The insecticide resistance and mechanisms.
Recognitions and Awards: The successful and accelerated 3+2 student, College of Agriculture, Auburn University http://enpp.auburn.edu/news/success-accelerated/.

Ye Zi
Degree: M.S.
Year: 2015
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Electrophysiology responses of mosquitoes to human odors.
Recognitions and Awards: USS Smalley – Luther L. Farrar – George D. Bauersfeld Endowment for M.S. student, with the highest GPA 4.0.

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JangJang Xin
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2013 – 2015
Co-Major Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Function regulatory pathways in P450-mediated insecticide resistance in house flies, Musca domestica.
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William R, Reid
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2014
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Functional genomics of insecticide resistance in the mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus.
Recognitions and Awards: 1. “First Place” of Robert T. Gast Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Oral Presentation by William R. Reid and Nannan Liu, The 2013 Annual Meeting of Southeastern Branches of Entomological Society of America, Baton Rouge, Louisiana;
2. Outstanding Graduate Ph.D. Student Award, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, AU, 2010;
3. “First Place Award” for the Science Oral Presentation by William R. Reid and Nannan Liu, the 2011 Graduate Scholars Symposium, Auburn University; and
4. The Graduate Research Award, the Graduate School, AU, 2011.
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Ming Li
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2014
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Characterize the regulation pathways in insecticide resistance of house flies, Musca domestica.
Recognitions and Awards: 1. Outstanding International Graduate Student Award, College of Agriculture, Auburn University, 2013;
2. The Graduate Research Award, the Graduate School, AU, 2013; and
3. Second Prize: Graduate Student Competition, Overseas Chinese Entomologists Association, 2013


Youhui Gong
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2014
Co-Major Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Function regulatory pathways in P450-mediated insecticide resistance in of mosquitoes, Culex quinquefasciatus.
Recognitions and Awards: 1. Second Prize: Graduate Student Competition for the President’s Prize, 2014 Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of America; and
2. First Prize: Graduate Student Competition, Overseas Chinese Entomologists Association, 2014
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Ting Li
Degree: M.S. and Ph.D.
Year: 2013
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Characterize the functions of G-protein coupled receptors in insecticide resistance of mosquitoes, Culex quinquefasciatus.
Recognitions and Awards: 1. Top 10 Outstanding Graduate Students of AU, 2013;
2. “Second Place” of Robert T. Gast Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Oral Presentation by Ting Li and Nannan Liu, The 2013 Annual Meeting of Southeastern Branches of Entomology Society of America, Baton Rouge, Louisiana;
3. “First Place Award” for the Oral Presentation by Ting LI and Nannan Liu, The 2012 Joint Annual Meeting of Southeastern/Southwestern Branches of Entomological Society of America;
4. Presidential Award First Prize for the Student Research Competition in the National Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) in Reno, 2011;
5. Outstanding Graduate Ph.D. Student Award, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, AU, 2010;
6. Outstanding International Graduate Student, College of Agriculture, AU, 2011; and
7. The Graduate Research Award, the Graduate School, AU, 2012.
Currently: A research associate in Liu’s Lab at Auburn University.
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Ting Yang
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2013
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Characterize the functions of cytochrome P450s, their interactions, and regulations in insecticide resistance of mosquitoes, Culex quinquefasciatus.
Recognitions and Awards: 1. Outstanding Graduate Ph.D. Student Award, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, AU, 2013.
2. Outstanding International Graduate Student, College of Agriculture, AU, 2012;
3. “Presidential Award First Prize” for the Student Research Competition in the National Meeting of Entomological Society of America (ESA) in Knoxville, TN, 2012; and
4. The Graduate Research Award, the Graduate School, AU, 2012.
Currently: An Assistant Professor.

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Li Tain
Degree: M.S.
Year: 2010
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: N/A
Recognitions and Awards: Outstanding Graduate M.S. Student Award, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, AU, 2010.
Currently: A Ph.D. graduate student in the Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
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John (Qiang) Xu
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2007
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Kdr-mediated mechanisms of pyrethroid resistance in the mosquito, Culex quinquefasciatus.
Recognitions and Awards: 1. The Graduate Research Award, the Graduate School, AU, 2007;
2. Top 10 Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Students of AU, 2007;
3. Jeffery P. LaFage Graduate Student Research Award, the Entomological Foundation of USA, 2006;
4. “First Place Award” for Student Competition Awards of the Overseas Chinese Entomologists Association, 2006;
5. Overall Outstanding International Graduate Student, College of Agriculture, AU, 2006;
6. “First Place Award” for the poster presentation by Qiang Xu and Nannan Liu, 2005 Annual Meeting ESA, 2005;
7. “First Place Award” for the poster presentation by Qiang Xu and Nannan Liu, 14th Annual Graduate Research Forum, AU, 2004.
Currently: An Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Abilene Christian University.
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Fang Zhu
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2007
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Cytochrome P450 mediated insecticide resistance in the house fly, Musca domestica (L.).
Recognitions and Awards: 1. “Second Place Award”, Oral Presentation Competition. 17th Annual Graduate Research Forum, AU, 2007;
2. “President’s Prize Runner Up” for Oral Presentation Competition, The National Annual Meeting ESA, Indianapolis, IN, 2006;
3. Graduate Student Thesis/Dissertation Research Award, AU, 2006;
4. Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, AU, 2005;
5. Graduate Student Thesis/ Dissertation Research Award, AU, 2005.
Currently: A research fellow in the Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

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Huqi Liu
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2005
Co-Major Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Mechanisms of insecticide resistance in mosquitoes, Aedes albopictus (S.) and Culex quinquefasciatus (S.).
Recognitions and Awards: “First Place Award” for the poster presentation titled “Mechanisms of Insecticide Resistance in Culex quinquefasciatus by Huqi Liu, Qiang Xu, and Nannan Liu, 78th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch ESA, 2004.
Currently: An associate professor, Department of Biology, College of Life Sciences, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, China.
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Yuping Wei
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2002
Professor: Dr. Liu
Research: Molecular mechanisms of insecticide resistance in German Cockroaches.
Recognitions and Awards: 1. Merriwether Fellowship, AU, 2002, $4,000;
2. “Presidential Award” honorable mention for poster presentation “Isolation and characterization of insecticide resistance-related genes from the German Cockroach, Blattella germanica” by Yuping Wei and Nannan Liu, ESA, 2001;
3. Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Student Award, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, AU, 2001;
4. Academic Excellence Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the College of Agriculture, AU, 2001;
5. “Presidential Award, First Place” Award for the poster presentation “Transportation of the mariner element from Drosophila mauritiana in the house fly, Musca domestica by Yuping Wei and Nannan Liu, ESA, 1999.
Currently: A molecular biologist at Aquatic Animal Research, USDA-ARS, Auburn AL.