Liju Yang, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Biomanufacture Research Institute Technology Enterprise (BRITE)
NC Central University
Dr. Liju Yang is an Associate Professor in the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprises (BRITE) and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). She holds a Ph.D. degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arkansas, an M.S. Degree in Analytical Chemistry from Hangzhou University in China, and a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Hangzhou Teachers College in China. After her postdoctoral training at University of Arkansas (Oct. 2003-Sept. 2004) and Purdue University (Sept. 2004-Feb. 2006), she joined BRITE as a tenure-track assistant professor in February 2006. She was promoted to associate professor in July 2012. Dr. Yang’s current research focuses on three areas: (i) electrical impedance sensing of cellular activities for cell detection, diagnosis, and drug discovery; (ii) nanomaterials interfacing with biological entities; (iii) biosensors and biochips for pathogen detection. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the US Army Research Office (ARO) in these research areas.
Over the past six years, Dr. Yang has established collaborations with faculty members and scientists at NCCU and other universities. She collaborated with faculty members at NCCU and received funding from NSF on major research instrument for NCCU. She is also a team member of the Duke’s Triangle Material Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) recently funded by NSF. She is a team member of North Carolina State University’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) on building capacity to control viral foodborne disease funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), responsible for research on biosensors for norovirus.
Her professional memberships include the Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE) in which she served as a council-at-large from 2011-2012, and the American Chemical Society (ACS). She has served as a panel reviewer for the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and NSF, and a reviewer for more than 20 scientific journals.
Over the years, she has published a total of 49 papers in peer–reviewed scientific journals and 3 book chapters, and has given a number of poster and oral presentations in scientific conferences. At NCCU, Dr. Yang has taught Enzyme Kinetics and Introduction to Biosensor technology and nanotechnology at the graduate level and co-taught Bioanalytical Chemistry at the undergraduate level. She has also designed a lab module course specialized in biosensors for senior undergraduate students. She has mentored 8 undergraduate students and 6 Master graduate students from Pharmaceutical sciences, Chemistry, and Biology departments, and 1 postdoctoral research associate/scientist. Among these students, 2 undergraduate students and 2 graduate students won 7 awards for their research presentations in local, regional, and nation conferences.