Dr Danny Liu

BSc (Adv) (Hons) PhD
Honorary Associate in Biological Sciences

A12 - Macleay Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 9351 2156

Website Academia.edu profile

Biographical details

Danny is an Honorary Associate in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney, where he coordinates and teaches units with over one thousand students (give or take a few hundred). After completing his PhD in the molecular and cell biology of plants, he took up a Teaching Fellowship and was involved in the award-winning redevelopment of a number of first-year biology units. Currently, Danny holds a Lecturer (Academic Practice) position at Macquarie University.

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Research interests

At multiple scales, Danny is interested in how communication and learning occurs, not only between plant cells but also between students and teachers. As a plant molecular and cell biologist, Danny is fascinated by the inner workings of cells and works to find out how they exchange messages and coordinate development. He is also an enthusiastic microscopist, especially in terms of new technologies that allow cells and molecules to be viewed in different ways.

In the teaching sphere, Danny is passionate about infusing learning and teaching with a range of technologies that allow students and teachers to work together in a truly blended environment. His approach to teaching is centred on a deep respect for his students, and he feels that in every lesson he learns more from them than they do from him.

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Teaching and supervision

Previously:
  • Biology bridging course
  • Concepts in Biology (BIOL1001 & BIOL1911)
  • Biology Special Studies Program (BIOL1991 & BIOL1993)
  • Living Systems (BIOL1002 & BIOL1902)
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBLG1001 & MBLG1901)

Associations

  • Australian Society of Plant Scientists
  • First Year Experience Network
  • Reviewer for the International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education

Awards and honours

  • Office of Learning and Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching
  • University Co-operative Bookshop Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • Australian Society of Plant Scientists Teaching Award
  • Faculty of Science Learning and Teaching Award (team)

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Liu, D., Taylor, C. (2014). Integrating inquiry and technology into the undergraduate introductory biology curriculum. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education.
  • Barton, D., Cole, L., Collings, D., Liu, D., Smith, P., Day, D., Overall, R. (2011). Cell-to-cell transport via the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum. Plant Journal, 66(5), 806-817. [More Information]

2014

  • Liu, D., Taylor, C. (2014). Integrating inquiry and technology into the undergraduate introductory biology curriculum. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education.

2011

  • Barton, D., Cole, L., Collings, D., Liu, D., Smith, P., Day, D., Overall, R. (2011). Cell-to-cell transport via the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum. Plant Journal, 66(5), 806-817. [More Information]

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