Liang, Biqing(梁碧清)

Geomicrobiology, Biogeochemistry



Ph.D/MSc, Cornell University (2008/02, 2006/02)

BS, China Agricultural University (2002/07)



Ÿ  Postdoctoral Scholar, Academia Sinica, Institute of Earth Sciences, Taiwan (2010/7-)

Ÿ  Postdoctoral Fellow, Academia Sinica, Institute of Earth Sciences, Taiwan (2010/2-2010/06)

Ÿ  Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, USA (2008/2-2010/2)

Ÿ  Appointed Advisor for freshman and undergraduate research projects, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (2008/09-2009/06)

Ÿ  Research Assistant, Cornell University, USA (2003/02-2008/1)

Ÿ  Teaching Assistant, Cornell University, USA (2005/09-2006/06)

Ÿ  Lecturer (Sub), Guangdong Ocean University, PRC China (2002/07-2003/01)



1.      Petroff, AP*, Wu TD, Liang B, Mui J, Guerquin-Kern JL, Vali H, Rothman DH, Bosak, T (2011) Reaction-diffusion model of nutrient uptake in a biofilm: theory and experiment. Journal of Theoretical Biology 289:90-95. [SCI, IF: 2.371].

2.      Solomon D*, Lehmann J, Zarruk de KK, Dathe J, Kinyangi J, Liang B, Machado S (2010) Speciation, Long- and Short-term Molecular-level Dynamics of Organic Sulfur Studied by XANES Spectroscopy. Journal of Environmental Qualitydoi:10.2134/jeq2010.0061. [SCI, IF: 2.098]

3.      Grossman JM, O’Neill BE, Tsai SM, Liang BQ, Neves E, Lehmann J, Thies JE * (2010) Amazonian Anthrosols Support Similar Microbial Communities that Differ Distinctly from Those Extant in Adjacent, Unmodified Soils of the Same Mineralogy. Microbial Ecology 60: 192-205. [SCI, IF: 2.885]

4.      Bosak T*, Bush JWM, Flynn MR, Liang B, Ono S, Petroff AP, Sim MS (2010) Formation and stability of oxygen-rich bubbles that shape photosynthetic mats. Geobiology 8: 45-55. [SCI, IF: 3.596]

5.      Liang, B, Lehmann J*, Sohi S, Thies JE, O’Neill B, Trujillo L, Gaunt JD, Solomon D, Grossman J, Neves EG, Luizão FJ (2010) Black carbon affects the cycling of non-black carbon in soil. Organic Geochemistry 41: 206–213. [SCI, IF: 2.364]

6.      Bosak T+,*, Liang B+, Sim MS, Petroff AP, Rothman DH (2009) Morphological Record of Oxygenic Photosynthesis in Conical Stromatolites. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106 (27): 10939-10943 (+Equal contribution). [SCI, IF: 9.38]

7.      Sato S, Neves EG, Solomon D, Liang B, Lehmann J* (2009) Biogenic calcium phosphate dynamics in soils over millennial time scales. Journal of Soils and Sediments 9: 194–205. [SCI, IF: 2.797]

8.      Solomon D*, Lehmann J, Kinyangi J, Liang B, Hanley K, Heymann K, Wirick S, Jacobsen C (2009) Carbon (1s) NEXAFS spectroscopy of biogeochemically relevant reference organic compounds. Soil Science Society of American Journal 73: 1817-1830. [SCI, IF: 2.104]

9.      Liang B, Lehmann J*, Solomon D, Sohi S, Thies JE, Skjemstad JO, Luizão F, Engelhard MH, Neves EG, Wirick S (2008) Stability of biomass-derived black carbon in soils. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72: 6069–6078. [SCI, IF: 4.235]

10.  Liang, B, Lehmann J*, Solomon D, Kinyangi J, Grossman J, O’Neill B, Skjemstad JO, Thies J, Luizão FJ, Petersen J, Neves EG (2006) Black Carbon Increases Cation Exchange Capacity in Soils. Soil Science Society of American Journal 70:1719–1730. [SCI, Impact Factor: 2.104]

11.  Kinyangi, J, Solomon D, Liang B, Wirick S, Lehmann J* (2006) Nanoscale biogeocomplexity of the organomineral assemblage in soil: application of STXM microscopy and C 1s-NEXAFS spectroscopy. Soil Science Society of American Journal 70:1708–1718. [SCI, Impact Factor: 2.104]

12.  Solomon, D*, Lehmann J, Thies J, Schäfer T, Liang B, Kinyangi J, Neves EG, Petersen J,  Luizão FJ, Skjemstad JO (2006) Macromolecular signature and sources of biochemical recalcitrance of organic C in Amazonian Dark Earth. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71: 2285-2298. [SCI, Impact Factor: 4.235]

13.  Lehmann, J*, Liang B, Solomon D, Lerotic M, Kinyangi J, Schäfer T, Wirick S, Jacobsen C (2005) Near-edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) Spectroscopy for Mapping Nano-scale Distribution of Organic Carbon Forms in Soil: Application to Black Carbon Particles. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 19: GB1013, doi: 10.1029/2004GB002435. [SCI, Impact Factor: 4.090]

14.  Solomon, D*, Lehmann J, Kinyangi J, Liang B, Shafer T (2005) Carbon K-edge NEXAFS and FTIR-ATR Spectroscopy Investigation of Organic Carbon Speciation in Tropical Soils. Soil Science Society of American Journal 69: 107-119. [SCI, Impact Factor: 2.104]


Grant and Awards

·         Academia Sinica Distinguished Postdoctoral Scholar Award (2010-2012)

·          Small Grant Award, BEB, Cornell University, USA (2006)

·          Graduate School Conference Travel Grant, Cornell University (2004, 2005, 2006)

·          Graduate Research Scholarships, Cornell University, USA (2003-2007)

·         Top Student Scholarship of Major, First Prize, China Agricultural University, (1999, 2000, 2001)    

·          National College Student English Competition, Third Prize, P. R. China (1999)


Services and Training

Ÿ  Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Representative, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, MIT, USA (2008-2009).

Ÿ  Member in Organization Team in Second Annual Workshop ‘Soil Microbial Ecology Techniques for use in the Tropics: A Hands-on Workshop’ UFAM, Manaus, Brazil, Aug. 28 – Sept. 1, 2006.

Ÿ  Member in Organization Team in Bio-char Workshop ‘Bio-char as a Soil Amendment: Research Priorities and Challenges’, Philadelphia, USA, July 14, 2006.

Ÿ Teaching Assistant ‘Facilitator’ in CALS TA training/ Graduate Professional Development Program, Cornell University, USA. Aug.18 – 22, 2005.



*       Prof. Dr. Tanja Bosak (MIT)

Tel. No: 1-617-324-3959, Email:

*       Prof. Dr. Johannes Lehmann (Cornell University)

Tel. No: 1-607-254-1236, Email:

*       Prof. Dr. Murray McBride (Cornell University)

Tel. No: 1-607-255-1728, Email:

*      Prof.  Dr. Chung-Ho Wang (Academia Sinica)                    

Tel. No: 886-02-27839910, Email: