Dr. Liang received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1989. He subsequently joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) first as a Postdoctoral Fellow (working with the late Nobel Laureate Paul Lauterbur), and then as a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He is currently Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Co-chair of the Integrative Imaging Theme of the Beckman Institute.
Dr. Liang’s research interests include biomedical imaging, especially magnetic resonance imaging. He is a recipient of the Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award (Medical Physics, 1990), an NSF CAREER Award (1995), the IEEE-EMBS Early Career Achievement Award (1999), and the IFMBE’s Otto Schmitt award (2012). He was named Fellow of the UIUC Center for Advanced Study (1997), Henry Magnuski Scholar (1999-2001), and University Scholar (2001-2004). Dr. Liang is a Fellow of IEEE (2006) and ISMRM (2010), and was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2005 and to the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2012. He served as President of IEEE-EMBS from 2011-2012.