- Jason Liu
- Cellulase secretion in the filamentous fungus, Neurospora crassa
- Graduate Student | Glass Lab
- 341 Koshland Hall
- Berkeley, California 94720-3102
- Phone 510.666.2559
- Lab Phone 510.666.2559
I am currently a graduate student in N. Louise Glass's lab at UC Berkeley, studying the genetic interactions that can potentially increase the amount of secreted cellulases when culturing a filamentous fungus. Our lab uses Neurospora crassa as a model organism due to is genetic tractability, well described sexual cycle, and the availability of a genome deletion library to explore the basic biochemistry and cellular mechanisms of cellulase secretion. Neurospora is a naturally cellulolytic organism, and given adequate nutrients and an inducer, the fungus will secrete out celllulases to break down plant cell walls into simpler sugars for its own growth. My projects hope to identify a part of the mechanism by which cellulases are secreted, and how we can dramatically increase its output in culture for the ultimate goal of converting plant biomass into a source of sustainable fuel.
I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago, and I pursued my undergraduate studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where I was an undergraduate researcher in the Morimoto Laboratory. After graduation, I moved to San Francisco and worked as a technician in the Ashrafi Lab at University of California, San Francisco. I love living in the Bay Area, and have stayed for my graduate studies at Berkeley. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and exploring this beautiful area of the country and collecting mushrooms for taxonomic and gastronomic purposes.
PMB110 - Biology of Fungi (Fall 2012)
PMB11 - Fungi, History, and Society (Spring 2014)