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Xuedong Liu is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado-Boulder and has been on faculty since 2000.  Professor Liu’s research interests include the biochemistry and systems biology of cell signaling. He focuses on understanding signal transduction mechanism of growth factors and small molecule ligands in normal and cancer cells. His laboratory also works on deciphering molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Professor Liu has authored or co-authored more than 75 research papers and patents and is the coeditor of a book entitled “Computational Modeling of Signaling Networks”. In addition, Professor Liu is an OnKure, Inc. co-founder and is responsible for the developing the profile-specific histone deacetylase inhibitor platform which forms the basis of OnKure’s technology. Professor Liu is the recipient of Inventor of the Year Award in 2013 from the University of Colorado.  From 1995 to 2000, he was an NIH and DOD postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research with Professor Harvey F. Lodish at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He received his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994 with Professor Janet Mertz at McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research.