Daniel Liu

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (May 2017-Jul 2017)

PhD, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoc in Biohumanities, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Dan Liu obtained his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Program in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology in 2016, with a dissertation on protoplasm theory, colloid chemistry, and the origins of the biological microworld. He is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biohumanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dan’s current projects include a history of the micelle in both biology and soap chemistry, and a history of the concept of “semi-permeability” in cell theory in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. He has also written on current scholarship on synthetic biology, and has recently co-authored an article on Paul Scheerbart and the scientific imagination for the Los Angeles Review of Books.


Historical Molecular and Microbiomic Interventions in the Gene-Culture Coevolution of Lactase Persistence


Crystals, Colloids, and Fibers: The Organization of (Living) Matter and the Limits of Microscopic Vision, 1882–1938