Jing Liu

Dr. Jing Liu’s Biosketch

Jing at the Clinical Proteomics Workshop that she organized (Oct. 2014)

Jing at the Clinical Proteomics Workshop she organized. Photo by Alexander Mazur.

Jing Liu started as the Manager of the IDIGH Program in April 2015.

Jing graduated from McGill University in 1995 with a Ph.D. degree in genetics/genomics, followed by a successful post-doc at Harvard University in the lab of Dr. Robert Brown which culminated in her identifying the Dysferlin gene as a cause of Myoshi Myopathy and limb girdle muscular dystrophy. Liu et al., Nat Genet.

In 1998, Jing became Group Leader and then Director of Functional Genomics and Preclinical at PhageTech Inc. During her time at PhageTech, Jing directed a research group that integrated genomics, functional genomics, proteomics and pre-clinical studies towards the discovery of new antibiotics. Liu et al., Nat Biotechnol.

From 2005 to 2008, Jing was Director of the McGill Life Sciences Complex High throughput Screening facility (HTS) where she established a high content screening (HCS) platform.  A major part of running this facility was to provide technical support and to advise clients on HTS/HCS assay design and implementation, data analysis and mining, and structure-activity relationship (SAR) follow-up. Galicia-Vázquez et al., Anal Biochem.

From McGill University, Jing moved to New World Laboratories, a biotech company that specializes in the R&D of regeneration products for the nervous system, where she was Director of Preclinical R&D. In this function she was responsible for establishing targeted research programs and improved R&D workflows for increased productivity.

From 2010 to 2015, Jing was in charge of operations, business and administration for the Clinical Proteomics Platform (e.g. McCall et al. J. Proteomics Res.) and Systems Medicine Program of the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). She was also responsible for multi-disciplinary large-scale grant applications and funded projects management, including a FRSQ funded large team grant and a NIH funded R24 grant.

Although trained as a scientist, Jing also has a keen interest in business and operations, and completed three Mini-MBA series from the McGill Executive Institute. During her career, Jing has had opportunities to work part-time as an event organizer/coordinator for the CIHR funded ENU team and a consultant/resource person for a large group at the LDI, and building websites for various organizations. Jing has made best of these opportunities and developed strong expertise in areas including website design, large event planning and fund raising. She created websites such as for research labs,  McGill Endo Division, IDIGH Programworkshops and symposia, organized and fund raised for various events including yearly symposia and workshops, with > 200 participants for each. All events were well received by the participants and sponsors alike (e.g. please Photos of some of events organized by Jing).

Jing is also a passionate gardener. She has created and maintained the website for the horticultural society of her neighborhood.