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Liya Ding is a Data Scientist for the DSI and the Center for Living Systems under Margaret Gardel. She received an M.S. degree from the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering at Zhejiang University in 2003 and a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ohio State University in 2009. Subsequently, she did postdoctoral training at the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Ohio State University, the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School, and the Department of Cell Biology at the UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Her professional trajectory includes roles as a Scientist at the Allen Institute for Cell Science, and later as an Associate Professor at the Institute for Brain and Intelligence at Southeast University.

Her interests and fields of research are in computer vision, data science, machine learning, and computational cell biology, with a focus on microscopy image processing and quantitative data analysis.