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Haijun Liu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Courses Taught

General chemistry; Biochemistry; Protein Chemistry; Biochemistry lab; Current Approaches in Plant Research-protein structural mass spectrometry (module)


Ph.D., Biochemistry, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University, 2008 

M.S., Plant Biology, Dept. of Biology, Sichuan University, 1996 

B.A., (graduated with honors) Biology, Dept. of Biology, Hebei Normal University, 1993

Publications and Media Placements

Niedzwiedzki, M.D., Magdaong, N.C.M., Su, X*, Adir, N., Keren, N., Liu, H. (2022) Mass spectrometry and spectroscopy characterization of a tetrameric photosystem I supercomplex from Leptolyngbya ohadii, a desiccation-tolerant cyanobacterium Biochim Biophys Acta (Bioenergetics) (under review) * Undergraduate researcher 

Liu, H. (2022) Intramolecular allostery in cyanobacterial phycobilisome as revealed by quantitative mass spectrometry Biochemistry (under review)

Mummadisetti, M., Su, L*., Liu, H. (2022) An approach to nearest neighbor analysis of pigment-protein complexes using chemical cross-linking in combination with mass spectrometry Methods in Enzymology. * Undergraduate researcher

Puskar, R Truong, C.D., Swain, K., Chowdhury, S., Chan, K-Y., Li, S., Cheng, K-W., Wang, T.Y., Poh, Y-P., Mazor, Y., Liu, H., Chou, T-F., Nannenga, B.L., Chiu, P-L (2022) Molecular asymmetry of a photosynthetic supercomplex from green sulfur bacteria Nature Communications

Liu, H. (2022) AlphaFold and structural mass spectrometry enable interrogations on the intrinsically disordered regions in cyanobacterial light-harvesting complex phycobilisome J Mol Biol. 434(21):167831. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2022.167831.

Niedzwiedzki, M.D., Magdaong, N.C.M., Su, X*, Liu, H. (2022) Biochemical and spectroscopic characterizations of the oligomeric antenna of the coral symbiotic Symbiodiniaceae Fugacium kawagutii Photosynthesis Res doi: 10.1007/s11120-022-00951-6 * Undergraduate researcher

Johnson, V.M., Biswas, S., Roose, J.L., Pakrasi, H.B., and Liu, H. (2022) Psb27, a photosystem II assembly protein, enables quenching of excess light energy during its participation in the PSII lifecycle. Photosynth Res Jan 5th doi: 10.1007/s11120-021-00895-3.

Magdaong, N.C.M., Buhrmaster, J.C., Faries, K.M., Liu, H., Tira, G.A., Lindsey, J.S., Hanson, D.K., Holten, D.J., Laible, P.D., and Kirmaier, C. (2021) In Situ, protein-mediated generation of a photochemically active chlorophyll analogue in a mutant bacterial photosynthetic reaction center. Biochemistry 60 (16):1260:1275

Liu, H., Zhang, M.M., Weisz, D.A., Cheng, M., Pakrasi, H.B., Blankenship, R.E. (2021) Structure of Cyanobacterial Phycobilisome Core Structure by Structural Modeling and Chemical Cross-linking. Sci Adv. 7 (2), eaba5743

Sonani, R.R., Roszak, A.W., Liu, H., Gross, M.L., Blankenship, R.E., Madamwar, D., and Cogdell, R.J. (2020) Revisiting high-resolution crystal structure of Phomidium rubidum phycocyanin. Photosynthesis Res 144, 349-360 

*Lou, W., *Niedzwiedzki, M.D, Blankenship, R.E., and Liu, H. (2020) Binding of red form of Orange Carotenoid Protein (OCP) to phycobilisome is not sufficient for quenching. Biochim Biophys Acta (Bioenergetics). 1861(3):148155 * these authors contribute equally

Honors and Awards

  • Research Paper Award, 2013, Rebeiz Foundation for Basic Research, dedicated to promoting fundamental research nationally and internationally
  • Phi Kappa Phi, 2003, Chapter 10, NDSU
  • Excellent Young Lecturer with teaching aptitude (Bronze medal), 1998, Hebei Normal University
  • Guanghua Prize (Excellent Graduate Scholarship), 1994, Sichuan University
  • Graduate with honor, 1993, Hebei Normal University