Dr. Liao received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan where he worked with Prof. Julie S. Biteen on single-molecule dynamics in bacterial cells. After completing his Ph.D., he joined the lab of Prof. Michael J. Rust at the University of Chicago as a postdoctoral scholar to study biological oscillators and self-organizing processes in bacteria. His research has emphasized that even relatively simple biochemical networks can give rise to complex spatiotemporal phenomena and sophisticated stress-adaptation strategies in bacteria. He started his independent career at HKUST in 2023, where his lab continues to investigate the relationship between gene regulatory networks and emergent properties in bacteria using experimental and computational approaches.