Liana is a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering studying the behavior of bacteria when attached to oil-water interfaces, a project funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to develop techniques for prevention, rapid response, and remediation. 

She is keenly interested in environmental issues, which, as a problem with global causes and repercussions, requires science diplomacy and multilateral cooperation. This was reflected in undergraduate research projects she was involved with, including the development of cost effective arsenic filtration for use in Bangladesh and improving the efficiency of fuel cells at Beijing Jiaotong University through the NSF International Research Experience for Students in collaboration with Oakland University in Michigan. These experiences made clear the benefits of sharing resources and techniques across borders. 


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