Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
David R. Liu is Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, a Core Institute Member and Vice-Chair of the Faculty of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and an Associate Faculty Member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Liu graduated first in his class at Harvard in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He performed synthetic organic and bioorganic chemistry research on sterol biosynthesis under Professor E. J. Corey’s guidance throughout his undergraduate years. During his Ph.D. research in the group of Professor Peter Schultz at U. C. Berkeley, Liu initiated the first general effort to expand the genetic code in living cells. He earned his Ph.D. in 1999 and became Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University in the same year. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and to Full Professor in 2005. Liu became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in 2005 and joined the JASONs, academic advisors to the U.S. government on science and technology, in 2009.