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Liang Liu

Ph.D. Ohio State University

Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University,
26 Oxford Street,
Cambridge, MA 02138

MCZ Room 500C
Tel: 617-496-9389
Fax: 617-495-5667

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Research Interests:

In my dissertation I proposed a Bayesian hierarchical model to make inference about species trees and I wrote a program BEST (Bayesian Estimation of Species Trees) in C language to implement the model. In my postdoc, I continue to extend the Bayesian hierarchical model I proposed for estimating species trees in my dissertation. The research will first incorporate multiple alleles feature in the current model to improve the estimation of ancestral population sizes. I will then construct an efficient algorithm to search for the Maximum Likelihood estimate of the species tree.

Recent Publications

  • Liu, L., and D. K. Pearl. 2007. Species trees from gene trees: reconstructing Bayesian posterior distributions of a species phylogeny using estimated gene tree distributions. Systematic Biology 56:504-514. (pdf)

  • Edwards, S., Liu, L. and D.K. Pearl. 2007. High resolution species trees without concatenation. PNAS. (pdf)

  • Liu, L. 2008. BEST: Bayesian estimation of species trees under the coalescent model. Bioinformatics 24:2542-2543 (pdf).

  • Liu, L., D. K. Pearl, R. T. Brumfield, and S. V. Edwards. 2008. Estimating species trees using multiple-allele DNA sequence data. Evolution 62:2080-2091.(pdf)

  • Liu, L., L. Yu, D. K. Pearl, and S. V. Edwards. 2009. Estimating species phylogenies using coalescence times among sequences. Systematic Biology Systematic Biology Advance Access published on July 16, 2009.:doi:10.1093/sysbio/syp1031 (pdf).

  • Liu, L., L. Yu, L. Kubatko, D. K. Pearl, and S. V. Edwards. 2009. Coalescent methods for estimating phylogenetic trees. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 53:320-328 (pdf).

  • Liu, L., L. Yu, and D. K. Pearl. 2009. Maximum tree: a consistent estimator of the species tree. J Math Biol 60:95-106.

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