Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Lecturer in Glycosciences



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Yan Liu is a chemist by training. Following a B.Sc. degree in chemistry at the Peking University, China, she undertook her Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Bristol under the guidance of Professor Tim Gallagher.

Dr Liu joined the Glycosciences Laboratory directed by Professor Ten Feizi at Imperial College in 2005 as one of the postdoc researchers funded by the UK Glycoarray Consortium. Having initially focused on development of novel glycan probes for microarrays, her work has been extended to microarray analyses of different proteins/pathogens of biomedical interest. She was a named experienced investigator on the EPSRC Translational grant, during which time she has developed further insights into glycobiology.

Since 2013, Dr Liu is the Project Leader of the Wellcome Trust-funded Carbohydrate Microarray Facility. Her research lies at the interfaces of chemistry, biology and medicine with a main interest in understanding the roles of carbohydrate molecules in infection and immunity. 



Wu N, Silva LM, Liu Y, et al., 2019, Glycan markers of human stem cells assigned with beam search arrays, Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, Vol:18, ISSN:1535-9476, Pages:1981-2002

Chandra N, Liu Y, Liu J-X, et al., 2019, Sulfated glycosaminoglycans as viral decoy receptors for human adenovirus type 37, Viruses, Vol:11, ISSN:1999-4915

Lenman A, Liaci AM, Liu Y, et al., 2018, Polysialic acid is a cellular receptor for human adenovirus 52, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:115, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:E4264-E4273

Stappers MHT, Clark AE, Aimanianda V, et al., 2018, Recognition of DHN-melanin by a C-type lectin receptor is required for immunity to Aspergillus, Nature, Vol:555, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:382-386

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