Pan Liu is a 2nd year PhD student. Working with faculty advisor Dr. Yuanzhi Tang, Pan is investigating the influence of microbial activities on the behaviors of a group of intriguing metals, the rare earth elements. He is also working on developing methods to harness microbes to recycle those metals from solid wastes, like coal fly ashes. Pan Liu earned his B.S. from Nanjing University in Nanjing, China. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing basketball.