Prof. Zhiheng Liu

Liu Zhiheng  

From the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS). He graduated from Beijing Agricultural University in 1964. He was awarded an M.Sc. in 1981 in the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. and in the same year was appointed to a position in the Institute of Microbiology in Beijing where he was to remain until his retirement in 2004. He became an Associate Professor in 1987 and a Full Professor in 1996. Liu have a distinguished record of research on Microbial Diversity and Natural Product Sources of Actinomycetes and Astrobiology. There are Research grants from NSFC, CNASC, and through several grant funded collaborative projects, including those with Professor Michael Goodfellow (University of Newcastle, UK), Professor Marian Mordarski and Dr Andrzej Gamian (Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Wrocław, Poland), Dr Miroslav Petricek (Institute of Microbiology, Prague) and Professor Jean Swings (University of Ghent, Belgium). Liu’s contributions to research and teaching have been widely acclaimed in China. He received the Chinese Academy of Sciences Award (1988), the Technology Progress Prize of the Chinese Commission of Science (1997), the Huawei Teaching Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (1999) and Technology Progress Prizes from Hebei (1981) and Yunnan (2005) Provinces. In 1996 he was recognized to be an excellent teacher of postgraduate students by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has also served on several editorial boards and together with colleagues has published ten books and over 160 papers in Chinese and in the international journals, including Current Microbiology(2002), Modern Actinomycete Biology and Biotechnology (2004) and Systematics of Actinomycetes (2007). He is a charter member of BISMiS in 2010. At the BISMiS 2011 in Beijing, both Zhiheng Liu and Professor Jisheng Ruan won the Bergey’s Medal of Honorary of a lifetime of excellence awarded by Bergey’s Fund Committee.
Although retired Liu still remains active. He is the Standing Director of the Chinese Society of Space Research, Member of the national expert council of space sciences , Chairman of the Space and Origin of Life Committee and is a Guest Professor at several institutes and universities. He continues to advise postgraduate students and played a significant role ensuring the success of the Inaugural Meeting of Bergey’s International Society for Microbial Systematics. In addition, he has been and still is actively involved in the microbial aspects of the Chinese Space Programme.

Selected Publications