Allen Liu

Allen Liu
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering


GGB (George G. Brown Laboratory)

2350 Hayward 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125

(734) 764-7719

Research Interests

Mechanobiology and mechanotransduction, bottom-up synthetic biology, droplet microfluidics, systems biology of endocytosis and cell migration.

Honors and Awards

Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researcher (Germany), 2018
Endeavour Executive Fellowship (Australia), 2018
Emerging Investigator from Chemical Communications, 2017
Future of Biophysics Symposium Speaker at Biophysical Society Meeting, 2017
Rising Star Award from BMES-Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 2017
Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 2014
UROP Outstanding Research Mentor Award – Honorable Mention, University of Michigan, 2013
Director's New Innovator’s Award, National Institute of Health, 2012
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008
Summer meeting travel award, American Society of Cell Biology, 2007
Student travel award, Biophysical Society, 2005
PGS-B Scholarship; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada, 2005
PGS-A Scholarship; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada, 2003
Science Scholar, University of British Columbia, 2000

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

Starting May 1, 2021, Allen Liu is the new chair of the U-M Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs.

Vivian Yee is a high school working in Allen Liu's Cellular and Molecular Systems Lab. Her project, "Evaluation of the Yes-associated protein as a target for breast cancer therapy," has won the Grand Award at the Michigan Science and Engineering Fair.

A deeper look into bone cellular development and the effects of microgravity should bring a much better understanding of the condition.

Studying the effects of microgravity on cytoskeleton wins a top 5 spot for high school student in the Genes in Space Competition.

Sixty early-career engineers were chosen to participate in NAE's symposium to discuss leading-edge research.

What defines a living cell? How does one capture the molecular essence of life? These fundamental questions underpin the collaborative research program led by U-M ME Professor Allen Liu.