Dr. Liang is currently the Chief of Liver Diseases Branch and Deputy Director of Translational Research, NIDDK, NIH. He graduated from Harvard College and received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internal medicine residency at the New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center, and a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he was an Assistant Professor of Medicine from 1990-1996. Dr. Liang is an internationally renowned and dominant thought leader in the field of viral hepatitis and liver diseases with diverse scientific expertise and editorial experience in virology, immunology, cell biology, therapeutics, regenerative medicine and genetics/genomics. He has published over 300 scientific papers. Dr. Liang has been an Associate Editor for medical journals Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Gut. He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the Association of American Physicians, the AAAS Fellow, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the National Academy of Medicine. He was a member of the ASCI Council, served on the Governing Board of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and was its President in 2011. His outstanding contributions had been recognized with numerous accolades including the recipient of the British Liver Scholar Award, the Leon Schiff Lectureship, the Edward W. Morrow Lectureship, the Bruce Witte Distinguished Lecture Award,NIH KT Jeang Lectureship, NIH APAO Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award, NIDDK Nancy Nossal Scientific Mentorship Award, NIDDK Director’s Award, the AASLD Distinguished Mentor/Clinician Award, and the AGA Distinguished Achievement Award in Basic Science. He has been the NIH institutional representative to ASCI.