Min Ting Liu

Min Ting Liu

BioOrganic Chemist

Short Bio: Min Ting Liu is a Brooklynite who traveled to City College of NY to earn a B.S. in Chemistry, and then stayed on for a Chemistry Ph.D. in the Ryan lab. Min Ting is primarily a synthetic organic chemist working on Flavor & Fragrance projects to understand the mammalian olfactory receptors, but as an experimentalist, she is not limited to organic synthesis. Min Ting has also worked in our lab’s RNA Processing research and more recently gained neuroscience skills in fluorescence microscopy/calcium imaging experiments of live neurons. Min Ting’s undergraduate Math minor degree continues to benefit the entire lab as we define the statistical limits of our experimental data. Min Ting is an all-around excellent life science researcher. Below you will find her publications and some works in progress.


“Conformational sensing by a mammalian olfactory receptor,” M.T. Liu, M. Na, Y. Li, M. Biscoe, and K. Ryan*, Chemistry-A European Journal, 2020, Vol. 26(50), pp 11345-11655 (September 4, 2020 issue) https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202001390 or https://chemistry-europe.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/chem.202003590

Single-neuron comparison of the olfactory receptor response to deuterated and non-deuterated odorants, Mihwa Na, Min Ting Liu, Minh Q. Nguyen and Kevin Ryan*, ACS Chemical Neuroscience. 2019, 10, 1, 552-562 DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.8b00416, Published online Oct. 22, 2018.

“Carbon chain shape selectivity by the mouse olfactory receptor OR-I7,” Min Ting Liu,Jianghai Ho, Jason Liu, Radhanath Purakait, Uriel N. Morzan, Lucky Ahmed, Victor S. Batista, Hiroaki Matsunami,* and Kevin Ryan* Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 2018, 16, 2541-2548. PMCID: PMC6067823.

Aldehyde Recognition and Discrimination by Mammalian Odorant Receptors via Functional Group-Specific Hydration Chemistry, Li Y, Peterlin Z, Ho J, Yarnitzky T, Liu MT, Fichman M, Niv MY, Matsunami H, Firestein S,* Ryan K.* ACS Chemical Biology. (2014) Vol. 9 (11): 2563-71; PMID: 25181321; PMCID: PMC4245160.

“Structurally diverse low molecular weight activators of the mammalian pre-mRNA 3’ cleavage reaction,” Min Ting Liu, Nagaraja N. Nagre, and Kevin Ryan,* Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry 2013 Jan 15; 22(2):834-41. DOI: 10.1016/j.bmc.2013.12.006. Published

“Odorant molecular features important for olfactory GPCR activation and antagonism,” Min Ting Liu, Mihwa Na and Kevin Ryan,* (work in progress)