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Horticultural Sciences

Horticultural Sciences

Dr. Tie Liu

Undergraduate Advisor and Assistant Professor


Mailing Address:
Fifield Hall
2550 Hull Road
PO Box 110690
Gainesville, Florida 32611

Office: 1213 Fifield Hall
Phone: (352) 846-2638

  • Areas of Research

    I use genetics, genomics, and systems biology tools to explore the mechanisms on how transcriptional regulators integrate environmental cues and interact with signaling pathways to modulate plant growth. My research focus is on the study of meristem development and postharvest biology and technology.

  • Educational Background

    2009-2018. Postdoc and Research Scientist
    Stanford University. Mentor, Dominique Bergmann.
    Carnegie Institution at Stanford University. Mentor, Kathryn Barton

    2009. Ph.D. Peking University and Yale University Joint Program Mentor, Xing-Wang Deng, Timothy Nelson, Li-Jia Qu

Selected Publications

Authors Year Title / Description Publication
Utsab Ghimire, Patrick Abeli, Eleni Pliakoni, Jeffrey Brecht, and Liu T. 2024 Unraveling the molecular mechanisms of 1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) retards postharvest senescence in broccoli (Brassica oleracea). Postharvest Biology and Technology.
Garcia E., Koh J., Wu X., Sarkhosh A, and Liu T.  2024 Tissue-specific proteome profile analysis reveals regulatory and stress-responsive networks in passion fruit (Passiflora edulis) during storage. Scientific Report.
Habibi,F., Boakye, D., Chang,Yu., Casorzo,G., Hallman,L., Madison, M., Clavijo-Herrera,J., Sarkhosh, A., Liu, T. 2024 Molecular mechanisms underlying postharvest physiology and metabolism of fruit and vegetables through multi-omics technologies. Scientia Horticulturae. 324. 112.
Yogesh Ahlawat, Song Li, Eleni D. Pliakoni, Jeffrey Brecht, Liu T.  2024 Tandem Mass Tag-based proteome analysis of postharvest senescence in broccoli (Brassica oleracea). Vegetable Research
Kathryn Chase, Catherine Belisle, Yogesh Ahlawat, Fahong Yu, Gérman SandoyaKevin Begcy, and Liu T. 2024 Examining preharvest genetic and morphological factors contributing to lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) shelf life during natural senescence in broccoli (Brassica oleracea). Scientific Report.
Habibi,F., Boakye, D., Chang,Yu, Casorzo,G., Hallman,L., Madison, M., Clavijo-Herrera,J., Sarkhosh, A., Liu, T.  2024 Molecular mechanisms underlying postharvest physiology and metabolism of fruit and vegetables through multi-omics technologies. Scientia Horticulturae. 324, 112562.
Habibi F, Liu T, Muhammad S, Schaffer B, Sarkhosh A. 2023 Physiological, Biochemical, and Molecular Responses of Fruit Trees to Rootzone Hypoxia. Environmental Experimental Botany. 206, 105179.
Utsab Ghimire, Eleni Pliakoni, Fahong Yu, Jeffrey K. Brecht, Liu T 2023 Identifying genes regulated during natural, on-plant senescence in broccoli (Brassica oleracea) in contrast to postharvest senescence.  Postharvest Biology and Technology. 1206, 112535.
Xiaolei Guo, Chiwah Tseung, Alina Zare, Liu T. 2023 Hyperspectral Image Analysis for the Evaluation of Chilling Injury in Avocado Fruit during Cold Storage. Postharvest Biology and Technology.
Sharma S., Huo H., Vondracek KG., Liu T, and Lee S. 2023 Current Status of Research,   Regulations, and Future Challenges for CRISPR Gene Editing in Crop Improvement.
Garcia E., Sarkhosh A., Liu T. 2023 The Emerging Industry in Passion Fruit in Florida.
Chang Y, Yogesh Ahlawat, Ali Sarkhosh, and Liu T. 2022 Spatiotemporal transcriptome mapping of muscadine berry development and ripening. Frontier in PlantSciences
Liu T. Albornoz K., Deltsidis A., Beckles, D. 2022 Editoral: Postharvest Ripening, Senescence, and Technology.  Frontier in Genetics.
X Guo g, Y Ahlawat &, Liu T. A Zare, 2022 Evaluation of Postharvest Senescence in Broccoli Via Hyperspectral Imaging.  Plant Phenomics.
Fariborz Habibi,  Liu T , Kevin Folta, Ali Sarkhosh. 2022 Physiological, Biochemical, and Molecular Aspects of Grafting in Fruit Trees.  Horticulture Research
Yogesh Ahlawat, Song Li, Eleni D. Pliakoni, Jeffrey Brecht, and Tie Liu. 2022 Identifying gene regulatory networks of senescence in postharvest broccoli (Brassica oleracea). Postharvest Biology and Technology. 183, 111729.
Jesus Preciado, Kevin Begcy, Liu T. 2022 The Arabidopsis ABIG1 is an Adaxial Regulator During Leaf Development.  Journal of Experimental Botany. DOI: 
Yogesh Ahlawat,  Tie Liu 2022 Varied expression of senescence-associated and ethylene-related genes during postharvest storage of Brassica vegetables.  Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2021, 22(2), 839;
Yogesh Ahlawat, Song Li, Eleni D. Pliakoni, Jeffrey Brecht, Liu T. 2022 Identifying gene regulatory networks of senescence in postharvest broccoli (Brassica oleracea). Postharvest Biology and Technology. 183, 11729. 10.1016/j.postharvbio.2021.111729
Jesus Preciado, Kevin Begcy, Liu T. 2021 The Arabidopsis ABIG1 is an Adaxial Regulator During Leaf Development. Journal of Experimental Botany. 10.1093/jxb/erab523
Nidhi Sharma, Jesus Preciado, Liu T. 2021 KNOX HOMOLOGS SHOOT MERISTEMLESS (STM) and KNAT6 are epistatic to CLAVATA3 (CLV3) during embryonic meristem development in Arabidopsis thaliana. Molecular Biology Reports. 48(9):6291-6302. 10.1007/s11033-021-06622-4
Kim, T, Samraj S, Jiménez J, Gómez C, Liu T, Begcy K 2021 Genome-wide identification of heat shock factors and heat shock proteins in response to UV and high intensity light stress in lettuce. BMC Plant Biology. 21:185. 10.1186/s12870-021-02959-x
Ahlawat Y, Liu T. 2021 Understanding of ethylene biosynthesis and signaling in relation to postharvest senescene of green cabbage. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2021, 22(2), 839. Special Issue: Gene Transcriptional Regulation in Crops during Postharvest. 10.3390/ijms22020839
Liu T, Longhurst A, Talavera-Rauh F, Hokin S, and Barton MK. 2016 The Arabidopsis transcriptional repressor ABIG1 relays ABA signaled inhibition of growth and drought induced senescence. eLife. 5, e13768.
Reinhart B, Liu T, Huang T, Kerstetter R and Barton MK. 2013 Establishing a framework for the ad/abaxial regulatory network of Arabidopsis: ascertaining targets of class III HOMEODOMAIN LEUCINE ZIPPER and KANADI regulation. The Plant Cell 25, 3228-3249. 
Liu T, Reinhart B, Magnani E, Huang T, Kerstetter R and Barton MK.  2013 Of blades and branches: understanding and expanding the Arabidopsis ad/abaxial regulatory network by target gene identification. Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology Volume LXXVII 77, 31-45.  
Brandt R, Salla-Martret M, Bou-Torrent J, Musielak, M Stahl T, Lanz C, Ott F, Schmid M, Greb T, Schwarz T, Sang-Bong C, Barton MK, Reinhart B, Liu T, Quint M, Jean-Christophe P, Martínez-García J, and Wenkel S. 2012 Genome-wide binding site analysis of REVOLUTA reveals a link between leaf patterning and light-mediated growth responses. The Plant Journal 72(1), 31-42.
Liu T, Tausta S, Gandotra N, Nelson T. 2012 Rice seed development: a cornerstone for cereal crops. Seed Development: OMICS technologies toward improvement of seed quality and crop yield.
Liu T, Ohashi-Ito K, Bergmann D. 2009 The rice orthologues of Arabidopsis thaliana stomata bHLH genes FAMA and MUTE have functions in grass stomata formation. Development 136, 2265-2276.
Liu T*, Liu S * (*Co-first author), Guan H, Ma L, Chen Z, Gu H and Qu L. 2009 Expression profiling analysis of the effect of heavy metal lead (Pb) on Arabidopsis. Environmental and Experimental Botany 67, 377-386.
Jiao Y*, Tausta S *, Gandotra N *, Sun N *, Liu T* (*Co-first author), Clay N, Chen M, Li N, Holford M, Ma L, Zhao H, Deng X and Nelson T.  2009 A transcriptome atlas of rice cell types reveals plant cellular hierarchies. Nature Genetics 41, 258-263.
Nelson T, Tausta S, Gandotra N, Liu T, Ceserani T, Chen M, Jiao Y, Ma L, Deng X, Sun X, Holfold M, Li N, Sun N and Zhao H. 2008 The promise of systems biology for deciphering the control of C4 leaf development: transcriptome profiling of leaf cell types. Book chapter, Charting New Pathways To C4 Rice. World Scientific 317-332.
Nelson T, Tausta S, Gandotra N and Liu T. 2006 Laser microdissection of plant tissue: what you see is what you get. Annual Review of Plant Biology 57, 181-201.
Jiao Y, Yang H, Ma L, Sun N, Yu H, Liu T, Gao Y, Gu H, Chen Z, Wada M, Gerstein M, Zhao H, Qu L, and Deng X. 2003 A genome wide analysis of blue light regulation of Arabidopsis transcription factor gene expression. Plant Physiology 133, 1480-1493.