December 31, 2019

Laura Na Liu

Laura Na Liu is a professor at the Kirchhoff Institute of Physics, Germany. Liu received her Ph.D. in Physics at University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 2009, working on 3D complex plasmonics at optical frequencies. In 2010, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. After one year Liu joined Rice University as Texas Instruments visiting professor. In 2012, she joined the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems as an independent group leader. In 2015, Laura Na Liu became a professor at the Kirchhoff Institute of Physics at University of Heidelberg. She is also an associate editor of Science Advances.

Laura Na Liu is a multidisciplinary researcher. She works at the interface between nanophotonics, biology and chemistry. Liu is recognized for seminal contributions to nano-optics, 3D optical metamaterials and interdisciplinary scientific work regarding the development of DNA nanotechnology-based dynamic plasmonics. Her group focuses on developing smart nanosystems that could help answer structural biology questions as well as catalytic chemistry questions in local environments.

Liu has obtained several prestigious awards, such as Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Award from the German Research Foundation as well as an ERC starting grant from the European Research Council. She was honored with the Light2015 Young Woman in Photonics Award of the European Optical Society, the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics from the International Commission for Optics in 2016. Liu was also awarded with the Rudolf-Kaiser Prize in 2018 and the Kavli Foundation Early Career Award in Materials Science in 2018, and Adolph Lomb Medal in 2019.

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