Liao Lab members, Liao corresponding#, equal contribution†; a full list of our publications can be found at Google Scholar.


What’s on a prophage: analysis of Salmonella spp. prophages identifies a diverse range of cargo with multiple virulence and metabolic-associated functions.
Yates CR, Nguyen A, Liao J, Cheng RA. mSphere e00031-24

Symbiotic bacteriophages exhibit multiple adaptive strategies in activated sludge flocs and contribute to floc stability.
Qi H, Wu R, Ye M, Huang D, Wang L, Liao J, Yu P. J Chem Eng 492: 152448

Adaptive strategies and ecological roles of phages in habitats under physicochemical stress.
Huang D, Xia R, Chen C, Liao J, Ma L, Mathieu J, Alvarez PJJ, Yu P. Trends Microbiol S0966‑842X(24)00042‑8

Taxonomy, ecology, and relevance to food safety of the genus Listeria with a particular consideration of new Listeria species described between 2010 and 2022.
Orsi RH, Liao J, Carlin CR, Wiedmann M. mBio 15:e00938-23

Microplastics and chemical leachates from plastic pipes are associated with increased virulence and antimicrobial resistance potential of drinking water microbial communities.
Yang X, Zhou Y, Xia R, Liao J, Liu J, Yu P. J Hazard Mater 463:132900


Microdiversity of the vaginal microbiome is associated with preterm birth.
Liao J#†, Shenhav L†, Urban JA, Serrano M, Buck GA, Zhu, B, Korem T#. Nat Commun 14: 4997

Comparative genomics unveils extensive genomic variation between populations of Listeria species in natural and food-associated environments.
Liao J#, Guo X, Li S, Anupoju B, Cheng RA, Weller DL, Sullivan G, Zhang H, Deng X, Wiedmann M. ISME Commun 3: 85

ARGem: A new metagenomics pipeline for antibiotic resistance genes: metadata, analysis, and visualization.
Liang X, Zhang J, Kim Y, Ho J, Liu K, Keenum IM, Gupta S, Davis B, Hepp SL, Zhang L, Xia K, Knowlton KF, Liao J, Vikesland P, Pruden A, Heath LS. Front Genet 14:1219297

Restriction endonuclease cleavage of phage DNA enables resuscitation from Cas13-induced bacterial dormancy.
Williams MC, Reker AE, Margolis SR, Liao J, Wiedmann M, Rojas ER, Meeske AJ. Nat Microbiol 8:400–409

Preterm birth is associated with xenobiotics and predicted by the vaginal metabolome
Kindschuh WF, Baldini F, Liu MC, Liao J, Meydan Y, Lee HH, Heinken A, Thiele I, Christoph TA, Levy M, Korem T. Nat Microbiol 8:246–259
Coverage: CUIMC News


Salmonella enterica serovar Cerro displays a phylogenetic structure and genomic features consistent with virulence attenuation and adaptation to cattle
Cohn AR, Orsi RH, Carroll LM, Liao J, Wiedmann M, and Cheng RA. Front Microbiol 13:1005215

Editorial: Functional diversity of aquatic microorganisms and their roles in water quality
Liao J#, Weller DL, Kovac J, Huang Y. Front Water 4:879155

Functional diversity of aquatic microorganisms and their roles in water quality
Liao J, Weller DL, Kovac J, Huang Y, eds. Lausanne: Frontiers Media SA (eBook)

Soil collected in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park yielded a novel Listeria sensu stricto species, L. swaminathanii
Carlin CR, Liao J, Hudson LK, Peters TL, Denes TG, Orsi RH, Guo X, Wiedmann M. Microbiol Spectr e00442-22


Nationwide genomic atlas of soil-dwelling Listeria reveals effects of selection and population ecology on pangenome evolution
Liao J, Guo X, Weller DL, Pollak S, Buckley DH, Wiedmann M, Cordero OX. Nat Microbiol 6:1021–1030
Coverage: Cornell Chronicle

Adjacent terrestrial landscapes impact the biogeographical pattern of soil Escherichia coli strains in produce fields by modifying the importance of environmental selection and dispersal
Liao J, Bergholz P, Wiedmann M. Appl Environ Microbiol 87:e02516–20

Listeria cossartiae sp. nov., Listeria immobilis sp. nov., Listeria portnoyi sp. nov. and Listeria rustica sp. nov., isolated from agricultural water and natural environments
Carlin CR, Liao J, Weller DL, Guo X, Orsi RH, Wiedmann M. Int J Syst Evol 71:004795
Coverage: Cornell Chronicle

A non-optimal cervicovaginal microbiota in pregnancy is associated with a distinct metabolomic signature among non-Hispanic Black individuals.
Gerson KD, Liao J, McCarthy C, Burris HH, Korem T, Levy M, Ravel J, Elovitz MA. Sci Rep 11: 1-12


Comparative genomics reveals different population structures associated with host and geographic origin in antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella enterica
Liao J, Orsi RH, Carroll LM, Wiedmann M. Environ Microbiol 22:2811-2828

Ångström- and nano-scale pore-based nucleic acid sequencing of current and emergent pathogens
Shepherd AB, Md Tanjil R, Jeong Y, Baloğlu B#, Liao J#, Wang MC#. MRS Advances 5:2889-2906

A phage-encoded anti-CRISPR enables complete evasion of type VI-A CRISPR-Cas immunity
Meeske AJ, Jia N, Cassel AK, Kozlova A, Liao J, Wiedmann M, Patel DJ, Marraffini LA. Science 369:54-59
Coverage: Cornell Chronicle, Rockefeller News


Serotype-specific evolutionary patterns of antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella enterica
Liao J, Orsi RH, Carroll LM, Kovac J, Ou H, Zhang H, Wiedmann M. BMC Evol Biol 19:132


Oil contamination and toxicity assessment of soil in main oil fields of China
Huang Y, Wang J, Chen H, Liao J, Huang M. Science Press, Beijing, China (book chapter)


Genetic stability and evolution of the sigB allele, used for Listeria sensu stricto subtyping and phylogenetic inference
Liao J, Wiedmann M, Kovac J. Appl Environ Microbiol 83:e00306-17

Similar community assembly mechanisms underlie similar biogeography of rare and abundant bacteria in lakes on Yungui Plateau, China
Liao J, Cao X, Wang J, Zhao L, Sun J, Jiang D, Huang Y. Limnol Oceanogr 62:723-735

Bacterioplankton communities response to key environmental variables in plateau freshwater lake ecosystems: a structural equation modeling analysis
Cao X, Wang J, Liao J, Gao Z, Jiang D, Sun J, Zhao L, Huang Y, Luan S. Sci Total Environ 580:457-467


Cyanobacteria in lakes on Yungui Plateau, China are assembled via niche processes driven by water physicochemical property, lake morphology and watershed land-use
Liao J, Zhao L, Cao X, Sun J, Gao Z, Wang J, Jiang D, Fan H, Huang Y. Sci Rep 6:36357

The importance of neutral and niche processes for bacterial community assembly differs between habitat generalists and specialists
Liao J, Cao X, Zhao L, Wang J, Gao Z, Wang MC, Huang Y. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 92:fiw174

Oxidative damage of naphthenic acids on the Eisenia fetida earthworm
Wang J, Cao X, Chai L, Liao J, Huang Y, Tang X. Environ Toxicol 31:1337-1343


Long-term oil contamination causes similar changes in microbial communities of two distinct soils
Liao J, Wang J, Jiang D, Wang M, Huang Y. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 99:10299-10310

Bacterial community features are shaped by geographic location, physicochemical properties and oil contamination of soil in main oil fields of China
Liao J, Wang J, Huang Y. Microb Ecol 70:380-389

The threshold responses of phytoplankton community to nutrient gradient in a shallow eutrophic lake
Cao X, Wang, J, Liao J, Huang Y, Sun J. Ecol Indic 61:258-267

Carcinogenic potential of PAHs in oil-contaminated soils from the main oil fields across China
Wang J, Cao X, Liao J, Huang Y, Tang X. Environ Sci Pollut R 22:10902-10909

Abundance and diversity of soil petroleum hydrocarbondegrading microbial communities in oil exploring areas
Yang Y, Wang J, Liao J, Xie S, Huang Y. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 99:1935-1946


Distribution of naphthalene dioxygenase genes in crude oil contaminated soils
Yang Y, Wang J, Liao J, Xie S, Huang Y. Microb Ecol 68:785-793


Global trend in aquatic ecosystem research from 1992 to 2011
Liao J#, Huang Y. Scientometrics 98:1203-1219