Li (Lily) Liu received a Bachelor's Degree from the School of Pharmacy, Wuhan University, China in 2011. In the same year, she enrolled in the M.S. program in the Department of Biology at Case Western Reserve University and joined the McDermott lab where she is studying genes that may be important for the morphology and mechanotransduction capabilities of hair cells using zebrafish as a model organism. The strategies that she is using to study gene function are generating knockout zebrafish using Zinc-Finger Nuclease (ZFN) or Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nuclease (TALEN) technology.