Allen Liu

Allen Liu
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Assistant 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

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.

The STAR award honors key contributors in the Hispanic community in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math

Assistant Professor Allen Liu was featured in an article in The Scientist titled "The Mechanobiology Garage: New tools for investigating how physical forces affect cells."

The work, which was a collaborative effort with a research group in Minnesota, included the construction of mechanosensitive liposome with biosensing capability using cell-free expression.

Shao, a Detroit Country Day high school research student for Allen Liu's lab, was awarded first place in the Cellular and Molecular Biology category at the 60th Annual Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit

The symposium will take place at the Biophysical Society 61st Annual Meeting in New Orleans, February 11-15, 2017