Professor Ji-Long Liu obtained a Bachelor degree from Beijing Forestry University in 1992, a Master degree from China Agricultural University in 1995 and a Ph.D. degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Zoology in 2000. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut from July 2000 to December 2002 and at Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Embryology from January 2003 to August 2007. He set up his laboratory and held a Medical Research Council (MRC) Programme Leader-track position at the University of Oxford in August 2007. He was promoted as a Tenured MRC Programme Leader at the University of Oxford in January 2012 (Tenured Programme Leader is the highest academic position in the UK MRC system). In June 2016, Professor Liu joined the School of Life Science and Technology at ShanghaiTech University as a Tenured Full Professor.