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Dr. Tao Liang

B.S., Shanhai Jiao Tong University, 2008

Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2014

Tao was born and raised in an industrial town in China. He obtained a B.S. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where he conducted undergraduate research in the laboratory of Professor Zhaoguo Zhang. He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of South Florida with Professor Jon C. Antilla where he studies chiral Brønsted acid catalysis. He conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin in the laboratory of Professor Michael J. Krische, before he took on a position with Prof. MacMillan in Princeton University.

Fun Facts
  • Tao wanted to be a conductor when he was a child. Due to the lack of conservatories back in China, he had to study science and, specifically, chemistry instead. What a career change.
  • After spending several years on the beaches in Florida, Tao becomes an aquatic activity enthusiast. He loves scuba diving and watching all kinds of marine life passing by.
  • Tao’s favorite TV show is The West Wing. He remembers everything that happens in every episode.