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Liu, Miao, Ph.D.

Research Scientist – Mycology

Contact Information:

960 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6
Telephone: 613-759-1385

Areas of Expertise:

  • Taxonomy and molecular systematic study of plant related fungi
  • Molecular diagnostics of phytopathogenic fungi
  • Population evolution

Current Projects:

  • Systematics, genomics and diagnostics of ergot fungi (Claviceps spp.)
  • Population structure and evolution of Claviceps purpurea
  • DNA barcoding and phylogenetics of powdery mildew

Research publications



  • Shoemaker, R.A., Hambleton, S., and Liu, M. (2013). "Vialaea insculpta revisited.", North American Fungi, 8(10), pp. 1-13. doi : 10.2509/naf2013.008.010
  • Shoemaker, R.A., Malloch, D., Hambleton, S., and Liu, M. (2013). "A new Vestigium on Abies balsamea.", North American Fungi, 8(9), pp. 1-6. doi : 10.2509/naf2013.008.009




Other science related publications


  • M. Liu, W. Findlay, P. Shoukouhi, K. Dadej, H. D. T. Nguyen, J. G. Menzies, K. A. Seifert. 2019. A reminiscence of evolutionary hourglass: The pattern of ergot alkaloid gene divergence in Claviceps purpurea.


  • Hambleton, S. and Liu, M. (2019). "The elusive Puccinia tritici-duri pathology, taxonomy and relationship to Puccinia recondita." Joint meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society and the Quebec Society for the Protection of Plants, 2018 / Réunion conjointe la Société Canadienne de Phytopathologie et de la Société de Protection des Plantes du Quebec, 2018, Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 41:155, DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2019.1519163
  • M. Liu, S. Hambleton, Y. Anikster, And J. Kolmer 2019. Gene flow as a character in polyphasic classification of phytopathogenic fungi: a case study in wheat leaf rust species complex. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 41(1): 155


  • Liu M, Shoukouhi P, Menzies J, Popovic Z, Liang J, Seifert K, Assabgui R. 2017 New Canadian lineages of ergot fungi revealed by multi-gene phylogeny. XIX International Botanic Congress Abstracts.
  • Shoukouhi, P., Jindal, K., Reid, L.M., Woldermariam, T., Barasubiye, T., Dadej, K., Tenuta, A., Liu, M. 2017. Molecular Variation of the Northern Corn Leaf Blight Pathogen (Exserohilum turcicum) Population in Ontario (Preliminary). 70th Northeast Corn Improvement Conference, Ottawa, ON, Feb 21-22, 2017. Oral presentation.


  • Hambleton, S., Eggertson, Q., Lévesque, C.A. Chen, W., Barasubiye, T., Redhead, S.A., and Liu, M. (2016). " DNA-barcoding the Powdery Mildews – sampling herbarium specimens in the National Mycological Herbarium (DAOM).", Canadian Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, Delta Beausejour, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, June 12-15, 2016. (Poster)


  • Hambleton, S., Eggertson, Q.A., and Liu, M. (2015). "The rust pathogens of Rubus in Canada – identification, nomenclature and DNA-barcoding.", Botany 2015, Shaw Convention Center, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, July 25-29, 2015.
  • Lowe, C., Zahariev, M., Liu, M., Hambleton, S., Seifert, K.A., Lévesque, C.A., and Chen, W. (2015). "Computational pipeline to improve detection accuracy of plant pathogens from NGS datasets using signature oligonucleotides.", American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA, USA, August 1-5, 2015. (Poster)


  • Hambleton, S., Temple, K., and Liu, M. (2014). "Taxonomy and DNA sequence variation of the rust fungi infecting four prairie grass species.", APS-CPS Joint Meeting, Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN, USA, August 9-13, 2014. (Poster)
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