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Gang Liu

    Gang Liu
Ph.D., Professor

Curriculum Vitae


Name/Title: Gang Liu, Ph.D., Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Position: Chair of Department

Affiliation and Address:

Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences,

School of Medicine, Tsinghua University

Renhuan Building, Rm 311

Beijing 100084, P. R. China

Tel & Fax: 86-10-62797740(O)

Email: gangliu27@biomed.tsinghua.edu.cn or gangliu27@tsinghua.edu.cn



1.‘Chang Jiang’ Scholar, Ministry of Education the People’s Republic of China;

2.Principal investigator, Tsinghua University-Peking University Joint Center for Life Sciences;

3.Professor of ‘100 Top talents Program’, Tsinghua University;

4.‘Peking Union’ Scholar, Chinese Academy Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College.


1981-1985: Bachelor of Chemistry, Harbin Normal University, Heilongjiang Province

1985-1988: Master Degree of Chemistry, Harbin Normal University, Heilongjiang Province

1991-1994: Ph.D., Beijing Medical University, The School of Pharmaceuticals

1994-1996: Postdoctoral fellowship, Beijing Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology

1997-1998: Postdoctoral fellowship, The Scripps Research Institute

1998-2000: Senior scientist, University of California, Davis, Cancer Center

Professional Experience:

1988-1990: Teaching Assistant, Chemistry Department, Harbin Normal University.

1990-1991: Assistant Professor, Chemistry Department, Harbin Normal University.

2000-2011: Professor & Investigator of Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Institute of Materia Medica, CAMS & PUMC.

2011-present: Professor & Investigator of Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Medicine, Tsinghua University.

Research Interests:

My laboratory is interested in developing synthetic methodologies of small molecule heterocyclic compound libraries, natural products, peptide/glycopeptide mimics, and “synergistic therapy” compounds. With development of the analytic and/or assay methodologies for qualification, quantization and high throughput screening of chemical libraries, the laboratory focuses on understanding the molecular interactions, coding and decoding the small molecules that interfere the biological reactions and signaling pathways, and optimizing the druggable properties of small molecules. The goals in the lab are to discover and optimize the lead compounds and develop drug candidates to prevent infectious diseases and/or treat cancer patient.

Academic Activities and Memberships:

1.Associate Editor of “Molecular Diversity”.

2.Veterinary drug evaluation experts of Ministry of Agriculture veterinary, China

3.Editorial Board: “Journal of Medicinal Chemistry”, “Chinese Journal of Medicinal Chemistry”, “Journal of Chinese Pharmaceutical Sciences”, “Chinese Journal of Viral Diseases”, “Nature Products and Bioprospecting”, “Acta Pharmaceutica Sinca”.

Publications since 2005:

1.Nan Zhao, Yao Ma, Gang Liu?, Solution-phase synthesis of a muramyl dipeptide analogue MDA, Chinese Chemical Letters, 2011, accepted.

2.Xiaofan Lu, Li Liu, Xu Zhang, Terrence Lau, Stephen Kwok-Wing Tsui,   Yuanxi Kang,  Purong Zheng, Gang Liu* and Zhiwei Chen*, F18, a novel small molecule NNRTI, inhibits HIV-1 replication using distinct binding motifs, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 2011, accepted.

3.Yu Yan, Qifei Zhong, Nan Zhao, Gang Liu*, Cascade Mitsunobu reaction for the preparation of substituted 2-benzoxazole-N-phenyl and 2-benzimidazole-N-phenyl derivatives, Molecule Diversity, 2011, accepted.

4.Rui Liu, Zhuhui Huang, Michael G. Murray, Xiaoyong Guo, Gang Liu*, Quinoxalin-2(1H)-One Derivatives As Inhibitors Against Hepatitis C Virus, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2011, 54, 5747–5768.

5.Purong Zheng, Shichao Lu, Gang Liu*, An Unexpected C-C Cleavage Reaction: Mild and Oxidation Free Access to o-OH and o-NH-Ts Benzoic Acids or Benzoamides, Molecule Diversity, Online First™, 13 August 2011.

6.Chunyan Han, Jinlan Zhang, Li Li, Mingyue Zheng, Yao Xiao, Yan Li*, Gang Liu*. Correlation of the physicochemical and pharmacokinetic properties of bicyclic privileged structures for the determination of their drug-likeness. Molecule Diversity, Online First™, 21 April 2011.

7.Yu YAN, Jianjun ZHANG, Zijie LIU, Ruiming XU, Xiao HU, Gang LIU*, A reversal method of diversity introduction of benzimidazole to synthesize H+/K+-ATP enzyme inhibitors, Bioorg. & Med. Chem. Lett., 2011, 21, 4189-4192.

8.Nan Zhao, Yao Ma, Shengmei Zhang, Xin Fang, Zhenglun Liang, Gang Liu*, New muramyl dipeptide (MDP) mimics without the carbohydrate moiety as potential adjuvant candidates for a therapeutic hepatitis B vaccine (HBV), Bioorg. & Med. Chem. Lett., 2011, 21, 4292-4295.

9.Yao Ma, Nan Zhao, Gang Liu*, Muramyl Dipeptide’s Derivative and Paclitaxel Conjugate (MTC-220) Simultaneously Prevents Tumor Growth and Metastasis in Mice, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2011, 54(8): 2767-77.

10.Ning Zhu, Fa Zhang, Gang Liu*, Dynamic Covalent Chemistry of Disulfides Offers a Highly Efficient Synthesis of Diverse Benzofused Nitrogen-Sulfur Heterocycles in One Pot. Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2010, 12, 531-540.

11.Gang Li, Dongmei Wang, Mingna Sun, Guangyan Li, Jinfeng Hu, Yun Zhang, Yuhe Yuan, Haijie Ji, Naihong Chen*, Gang Liu?. Discovery and Optimization of Novel 3-Piperazinyl Coumarin Antagonist of Chemokine – like factor 1 with oral Anti-asthma activity in mice. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2010, 53 (4), 1741–1754.

12.Hai Xue, Xiaofan Lu, Purong Zheng, Li LIU, Chunyan Han, Jinping HU, Zijie Liu, Tao MA, Yan LI, Lin WANG , Zhiwei CHEN*, Gang LIU*, Highly suppressing wide type HIV-1 and Y181C mutation by 10-Chloromethyl-11-Demethyl-12-oxo calanolide A with druggable profile. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2010, 53, 1397–1401.

13.Hao Wu, Xilei Xie, Gang Liu*, 3, 6, 7-Diversities of 4(3H)-Quinazolinones and Anti Tumor Activities, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2010, 12, 346–355.

14.Leilei Zhang, Yu Yan, Zijie Liu, Abliz Zeper, Gang Liu*, Identification of Peptide Substrate and Small Molecule Inhibitors of Testis-specific Serine/Threonine Kinase1 (TSSK1) By the Developed Assays, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2009, 52, 4419-4428.

15.Dongmei Wang, Mingna Sun, Gang Liu*, Substituent Diversity-Directed Synthesis of Indole Derivatives, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2009, 11, 556–575.

16.Fa Zhang, Wei Zhang, Yan Zhang,  Dennis P. Curran, and Gang Liu*, Synthesis and Applications of Light-Fluorous Glycosyl Donor, The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2009, 74 (6), 2594-2597.

17.Tao MA, Li LIU, Hai XUE, Li LI, Chunyan HAN, Lin WANG, Zhiwei CHEN, Gang LIU*, The Chemical Library and Structure-Activity Relationship of Calanolide-A Analogues against HIV-1, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2008, 51, 1432–1446.

18.Yu-Yan Chen, Wen-Yi He, Yan Wu, Chang-Qun Niu, and Gang Liu*, Dynamic Selection of Novel Vancomycin N-Terminal Derivatives by Resin-bound Reversed D-Ala-D-Ala, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2008, 10, 914-922.

19.Xuqin Li, Junli Yu, Song Xu, Nan Wang, Hongzhen Yang, Zheng Yan, Guifang Cheng, Gang Liu*, Chemical Conjugation of Muramyl Dipeptide and Paclitaxel to Explore the Combination of Immunotherapy and Chemotherapy for Cancer, Glycoconjugate Journal, 2008, 25: 415–425.

20.Tao MA, Qi GAO, Zhiwei Chen, Lin WANG, Gang LIU*, Chemical Resolutions of (?)-Calanolide A, (?)-Cordatolide A and Their 11-Demethyl Derivatives, Bioorg. & Med. Chem. Letts. 2008, 18, 1079–1083.

21.Hai-Yan Zhao, Gang Liu* Solution-Phase Parallel Synthesis of Diverse 1,5-Benzodiazepin-2-ones, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2007, 9, 1164 - 1176.

22.Li Li, Zhanguo Wang, Yuyan Chen, Yunyun Yuan, Guanxin Wang, Gang Liu*, Design and Synthesis of Novel Tricyclic Compounds Based On 4H-Benzo[1,4]thiazin-3-one and 1,1-Dioxo-1,4-dihydro-2H-1?6-benzo[1,4]thiazin-3-one, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2007, 9, 959 - 972.

23.Hai-Yan Zhao, Gang Liu*, Solution-Phase Synthesis of 2, 3-Dihydro-1,5-benzothiazepin-4 (5H)-ones, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2007, 9, 756-772.

24.Zhanguo Wang, Yunyun Yuan, Yuyan Chen, Ganghcun Sun, Xianghong Wu, Shenmei Zhang, Chunyan Han, Guanxing Wang, Li Li, and Gang Liu*, Design and Parallel Solution-phase Synthesis of Diverse Scaffold Compounds Based On 3,4-Dihydrogen-3-oxo-1,4-benzothiazine, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2007, 9, 652-660.

25.Yunyun Yuan, Gang Liu,* Li Li, Zhanguo Wang, and Lin Wang, Synthesis of Benzo[1,4]oxazin-3-one-based Diverse Compounds Using 1, 5-Difluoro-2, 4-dinitrobenzene, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2007, 9, 158-170.

26.Tian-Ming Yang, Gang Liu*, Solution-Phase Parallel Synthesis of 3-Substituted Indolin-2-ones, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2007, 9, 86-95.

27.Gang Liu,* Li Li, Binbin Kou, Suode Zhang, Liang Zhang, Yunyun Yuan, Tao Ma, Yan Shang, and Yuancheng Li, Benzofused Tricycles Based On 2-Quinoxalinol, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2007,  9, 70-78.

28.Bin-Bin KOU, Fa ZHANG, Tian-Ming YANG, Gang LIU*, Simultaneous Solid-Phase Synthesis of Quinoxalinone and Benzimidazole Scaffold Libraries, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2006, 8, 841-847.

29.A. Salomé Veiga, Yunyun Yuan, Xuqin Li, Nuno C. Santos, Gang Liu*, and Miguel A. R. B. Castanho*, Why aren’t HIV-1 fusion inhibitors effective against SARS-CoV?, Biochimica Biophysica Acta (BBA), 2006, 1760, 55-61.

30.Hongbo Hu, Li Li , Richard Y. Kao, Binbin Kou, Zhanguo Wang, Liang Zhang, Huiyuan Zhang, Zhiyong Hao, Wayne H. Tsui, Anping Ni, Lianxian Cui, Baoxing Fan, Feng Guo, Shuan Rao, Chengyu Jiang, Qian Li, Manji Sun, Wei He*, Gang Liu*, Screening and Identification of Linear B-cell Epitopes and Entry Blocking Peptide of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Associated Coronavirus Using Synthetic Overlapping Peptide Library, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2005, 7, 648-656.

31.Jiang Zhang, Liang Zhang, Suode Zhang, Gang Liu*,Solution-Phase Parallel Synthesis of a Novel 1,2,7-trialkyl-1H-imidazo[4,5-g]quinoxalin-6-ol Library Scaffold, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2005, 7, 657-664.

32.Hong-Zhen Yang, Song Xu, Xue-Yan Liao, Suo-De Zhang, Zheng-Lun Liang, Bai-He Liu, Jin-Ye Bai, Chao Jiang, Jian Ding, Gui-Fang Cheng*, Gang Liu*, A novel immunostimulator, N2-[?-O-benzyl-N-(acetylmuramyl)-L-alanyl-D-isoglutaminyl]-N6-trans-(m-nitrocinnamoyl)-L-lysine (MDP-C), and its adjuvancy on the hepatitis B surface antigen, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2005, 48, 5112-5122.

33.Nian-Huan Yao, Gang Liu,* Wen-Yi He, Changqun Niu, James R. Carlson, Kit S. Lam, Solid-phase synthesis and antibacterial evaluations of N-demethylvancomycin derivatives, Bioorg. & Med. Chem. Lett., 2005, 15(9): 2325-2329.

34.Nian-Huan Yao, Wen-Yi He, Kit S. Lam, and Gang Liu*, Conformational Studies of Resin-Bound Vancomycin and The Complex of Vancomycin and Ac2-L-Lys-D-Ala-D-Ala, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 2005, 7, 123-129.


1.Preparation Methods of Calanolide A and its derivatives,  Application Number:03123628.6.

2.Parallel filter box,Patent Number:ZL03265620.3.

3.Norcalanolide A preparation for Anti-AIDS Drugs and its combination with other HIV-1 inhibitors,  Application Number:03142512.7.

4.A peptide library, its synthesis method and the active fragment screened from the library,  Application Number:200310101892.6.

5.N?-(1-?-benzyl-N-acetyl-muramyl-L-propylamide-D-isoglutamine)-N?(3-nitro- trans- styryl)-L- lysylamide, preparation method and its drug combination and use, Application Number:200310101618.9.

6.Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) B-cell antigen determinant in possession of extensive cross immune reactivity,  Application Number:200410073853.4.

7.Coronavirus specific T-cell antigen determinant,  Application Number:200410074566.5.

8.Preparations and activities of antitumor drug taxol and immunoenhancer mdp(muramyl alanyl isoglutamine) conjugates,Application Number:200510081265.

9.Tetracyclodipyranyl coumarins and the anti-HIV and anti-tuberculosis uses thereof, PCT/CN2007/003139, WO 2009/059452.

10.MDP analogues, Application Number:200610098617.7.

11.Antagonists of CKLF1/CCR4 interaction, Application Number:200910236595.X.

12.Bis-thiosemicarbazones and their antitumor activity, Application Number:200910084787.3.

13.4(3H) quinazolinone and derivatives for antitumor property. Application Number:200910236596.4.

14.Synthesis of dual function conjugates sharing anti tumor growth and metastasis, Application Number:201010184541.6.


1.Purong Zheng, Hai Xue, Zhiyan Xiao, Gang LIU, The anti HIV-1 drugs and drug candidates in 2005-2008, Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica,2010,45(2):154-164.

2.Chunyan Han, Yan Li, Gang LIU, “Drug Likeness”: Practice and Predication, Progress in Chemistry, 2008, 20(9),1335-1344.

3.Haiyan Zhao,Gang Liu,The Development of Benzothiazepine Derivatives,Chinese Journal of Medicinal Chemistry,2007,17(2),122-128。

4.Yuyan Chen,Gang Liu, Recent Advances of Synthesis and Activity of Vancomycin Derivatives, Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica, 2007,42(5), 463-469。

5.Tianming Yang,Gang Liu,Recent Progress in Pharmacological Activities and Solid-Phase Synthesis of Indoles and Analogues,Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica,2006,41(8), 694-701。

6.Liang Zhang,Gang Liu,Solid-Supported Reagents,Catalysts and Their Use in Solution-Phase Combinatorial Synthesis,Chinese Journal of Organic Chemistry,2006,26(7),885-898。

7.Xuqin Li, Song Xu, Gang Liu,Recent developments in combinatorial synthesis of libraries of natural product analogues,Progress in Chemistry,2006, 18(9), 1130-1142。

8.Fa Zhang, Gang Liu, Solid-phase Synthesis of Glycopeptides, Progress in Chemistry,2006,18(5),579-600。

9.Nianhuan Yao,Wenyi He,Kit S. LAM,Gang Liu, Applications of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) to Combinatorial Chemistry,Progress in Chemistry,2004, 16(5): 696-707。

10.Gang LIU, Jian-Xin WANG, and Liu-Hong YUN, Combinatorial chemistry, molecular libraries and discovery of new drug, Progress in Chemistry,1997,9(3):223-238。

11.Wei-Zhang LI, Gang LIU, Liu-Hong YUN, Small molecular chemical libraries generated through solid-phase organic synthesis, Progress in Chemistry,1997,9(3):239-252。

12.Gang LIU, Combinatorial technologies in finding of new drug lead compounds I: Peptides chemical libraries, Chinese Journal of Medicinal Chemistry,1995,5(4):303-310。

13.Gang LIU, Combinatorial technologies in finding of new drug lead compounds II: Biosynthesis combinatorial organic synthesis of chemical new strategies for constructing libraries, Chinese Journal of Medicinal Chemistry,1996,6(1):73-78。

14.Gang LIU, The development of new anti coagulating drug-hiruloges, Foreign Medical Sciences,1995,22(3),133-138。

Edited Book:

Gang LIU, Xiaoyi XIAO, Combinatorial Chemistry for New Drug Lead Discovery, Science Press, CHINA, 2003, June.

Book Contributions:

1.Lin Wang , Tao Ma, and Gang Liu, Chapter 8: Recent Process in Calophyllum Coumarins as Potent Anti-HIV Agents, Medicinal Chemistry of Bioactive Products,  edited by Profs. Xiao-tian Liang and Wei-shuo Fang, Wiley press, 2006, chapter 8, pg 325-351.

2.Gang LIU, Kit S. LAM, Combinatorial Chemistry, Practical Approach, Chapter 2, “One-bead one-compound” combinatorial library method, Editor: Hichman Fenniri, OXFORD University Press, 2000, pp 33-49.

3.Gang LIU, Drug Discovery and Development in China, “Combinatorial Chemistry and Massive Screening”,Editors: Man-Ji SUN and Ting-Chong ZHOU, Science Press, 1996. p85.