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Zhanjiang “John” Liu, Auburn’s associate provost and associate vice president for research, has been named Syracuse University’s vice president for research, effective Sept. 1. Liu, who has been in his current role at Auburn since 2013, will remain with Auburn through Aug. 31. Faculty needing to contact his office after that time should contact the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at 844-4784.

Liu, a professor in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, joined the Auburn faculty in 1995 and served from 2007-2013 as associate dean for research in the College of Agriculture and assistant director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. He has published over 300 papers and 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 was recently named a fellow of the World Aquaculture Society at its annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa.

Throughout the course of his career, Liu has been awarded research grants and contracts totaling over $47 million and was 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.