Zhanjiang “John” Liu—Auburn University’s associate provost and associate vice president for research, and a professor in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences—was named a Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society at its annual meeting, held June 26-30 in Capetown, South Africa.  The honor recognizes a member of the society “who has made outstanding achievements in aquaculture science, industry, outreach or extension as recognized by his/her peers.” 

A member of the Auburn faculty since 1995, Liu has published four books on aquaculture genomics and bioinformatics and led a research team that completed the world’s first catfish genome sequence, on the channel catfish.  He served as the associate dean for research in Auburn’s College of Agriculture and assistant director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station for six years, prior to his appointment as associate provost and associate vice president for research in 2013.

“This is a great recognition for Dr. Liu,” said Joseph Tomasso Jr., director of the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences.  “His laboratory uses the most modern techniques to understand and improve the genetics of animals important to aquaculture. The work also reflects well on Auburn University and its land-grant mission.”

Throughout the course of his career, Liu has been awarded research grants and contracts totaling over $47 million and was also named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007.  He has served on the editorial boards of numerous scholarly journals and on genome-related grant review panels around the world.

Liu was recently named the next vice president for research at Syracuse University, effective Sept. 1, 2017.