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Dr. Junying Liu
Research Fellow, Pharmacy


Junying obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK in 2012. In 2013 Junying was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Engineering of Nanchang University. The work tasks as an Assistant Professor are primarily research and supervision of PhD and Master students on basic and graduate levels, with at least 50 % research. Junying plays a key role in building up competitive research within the specified and. She has also worked at the University of Limerick as an MSCA-EI co-funded Research Fellow from 2019 to 2020 and conducted research at Trinity College Dublin as a Research Fellow since Oct 2020. Her research project is titled "Exploiting algal cell factories with systems biology for biopharmaceutical production".

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Junying Liu, Shouli Yuan, Yao Yao, Jinfan Wang, Gaia Scalabrino, Shibo Jiang, and Helen Sheridan, Network Pharmacology and Molecular Docking Elucidate the Underlying Pharmacological Mechanisms of the Herb Houttuynia cordata in Treating Pneumonia Caused by SARS-CoV-2, Viruses, 14(7)), (7), 2022, p1588 - 1608 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Qiu, W.; Chen, R.; Wang, X.; Liu, J.*; Lv, W.,, Quantitative proteomics of Chromochloris zofingiensis reveals the key proteins involved in cell growth and bioactive compound biosynthesis, Plants, 2022 Journal Article, 2022

Liu J., Xia D., Qiu W., Exploiting microalgal competition ability to acquire nitrogen and light, Phycological Research, 2020 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Liu J., Qiu W., Xia D., Brassinosteroid improves lipid productivity and stress tolerance of Chlorella cells induced by high temperature, Journal of Applied Phycology, 30, (1), 2018, p253 - 260, p253-260 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Liu J., Song Y., Qiu W., Oleaginous microalgae Nannochloropsis as a new model for biofuel production: Review & analysis, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 72, 2017, p154 - 162, p154-162 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Liu J., Qiu W., Song Y., Peng H., Zhao Y., The growth and lipid productivity of Chlorella pyrenoidosa enhanced by plant hormones under ammonium stress, Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, 36, (4), 2017, p1187 - 1193, p1187-1193 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Liu J., Qiu W., Wang Y., Fungal pretreatment of raw digested piggery wastewater enhancing the survival of algae as biofuel feedstock, Bioresources and Bioprocessing, 4, (1), 2017 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Liu J., Interspecific biodiversity enhances biomass and lipid productivity of microalgae as biofuel feedstock, Journal of Applied Phycology, 28, (1), 2016, p25 - 33, p25-33 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Liu J., Song Y., Liu Y., Ruan R., Yeast as a Bioremediation Nanoparticle Agent in Piggery-Digested Wastewater Treatment, Environmental Engineering Science, 33, (5), 2016, p317 - 323, p317-323 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Liu J., Qiu W., Song Y., Stimulatory effect of auxins on the growth and lipid productivity of Chlorella pyrenoidosa and Scenedesmus quadricauda, Algal Research, 18, 2016, p273 - 280, p273-280 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Liu J., Song Y., Ruan R., Liu Y., Removal of humic acid from composted hog waste by the white-rot fungus, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, Water Science and Technology, 72, (1), 2015, p92 - 98, p92-98 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Liu J., Bangert K., Effect of nitrogen source in low-cost media on biomass and lipid productivity of nannochloropsis salina for large-scale biodiesel production, Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, 34, (1), 2015, p297 - 303, p297-303 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Liu J., Song Y., Liu Y., Ruan R., Fungal Pretreatment of Effluent From Piggery Anaerobic Digestion by Phanerochaete chrysosporium, Clean - Soil, Air, Water, 43, (8), 2015, p1190 - 1196, p1190-1196 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Liu J., Song Y., Liu Y., Ruan R., Optimization of growth conditions toward two-stage cultivation for lipid production of chlorella vulgaris, Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, 34, (6), 2015, p1801 - 1807, p1801-1807 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Liu J., Optimisation of biomass and lipid production by adjusting the interspecific competition mode of Dunaliella salina and Nannochloropsis gaditana in mixed culture, Journal of Applied Phycology, 26, (1), 2014, p163 - 171, p163-171 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Liu JY, Mukherjee J, Hawkes JJ, Wilkinson SJ*, Optimization of lipid production for algal biodiesel in nitrogen stressed cells of Dunaliella salina using FTIR analysis, Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 88, (10), 2013, p1807 - 1814 Journal Article, 2013

Research Expertise


Junying has worked on algal production for 13 years since doing her Ph.D. at the University of Sheffield and algal bioproduct is an area of deep interest to her. In the Ph.D. project, which was partially funded by Carbon Trust, UK, Junying worked on one of the Manchester projects. The primary aim of this part of the overall Carbon Trust "Algae Biofuels Challenge" was to search for different methods for culturing and harvesting algae. Microalgae are ideal platforms with the potential to meet the large impending demand for biopharmaceutical and human nutraceutical production as they are fast-growing solar-powered biofactories. For this reason, algae have attracted great attention in the human nutraceutical sector. The overall aim of the project is to meet this demand through a systems biology approach including genomics, transcriptomics (RNA-seq), and proteomics (ITRAQ, or DIA), along with protein structure characterization. Her interdisciplinary training and international academic experience in chemical and biological engineering in the UK and molecular biology at Zhejiang University, China will provide a solid foundation for her core MSCA research. Junying will also engage with the NatPro Centre of TCD on a daily basis to ensure the research aligns with NatPro KPIs.


  • Title
    • Genome wide metabolic network reconstruction
  • Funding Agency
    • Science and Technology Department of Jiangxi Province
  • Date From
    • 2015
  • Date To
    • 2017
  • Title
    • Start up Fund of Assistant Professor
  • Funding Agency
    • Nanchang University
  • Date From
    • 2013
  • Date To
    • 2018
  • Title
    • International Collaboration in microalgae cultivation
  • Funding Agency
    • National Natural Science foundation of China
  • Date From
    • 2014
  • Date To
    • 2017




Awards and Honours

Marie Skłodowska Curie Career FIT Fellowship 2019-2022

Distinguished Youth Scholar Award, Nanchang University 2015-2018

State Scholarship Fund from China Scholarship Council 2009-2012