Isaac Liao

PhD, UC Davis
BA, UC Berkeley

Isaac Liao Photo


With a cognitive science and neuroscience background, Isaac is interested in how people perceive, interact with, and understand data. What are the information-processing capabilities of the human mind, and how can we design better systems to support it? What are the perceptual characteristics of the visual system, and how do we apply this knowledge to improve data representations?


  • Interactive Visualization
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Visual Perception


An interactive exhibit visualizing the global distribution and survival of plankton. Currently at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
A visualization showing the allocation of U.S. income tax over 30 years. Entered into a data visualization contest.


Living Liquid: Design and Evaluation of an Exploratory Visualization Tool for Museum Visitors

Ma, J. ; Liao, I. ; Kwan-Liu Ma ; Frazier, J.

IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Volume 18, Issue 12). Dec 2012.

Scientific Storytelling Using Visualization

Kwan-Liu Ma ; Liao, I. ; Frazier, J. ; Hauser, H. ; Kostis, H.-N.

IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications (Volume 32, Issue 1). Jan-Feb 2012.

Visual Recommendations for Network Navigation

Tarik Crnovrsanin, Isaac Liao, Yingcai Wu, Kwan-Liu Ma

Computer Graphics Forum; Volume 30, Number 3, June, 2011

Exon expression and alternatively spliced genes in Tourette Syndrome.

Tian Y, Liao IH, Zhan X, Gunther JR, Ander BP, Liu D, Lit L, Jickling GC, Corbett BA, Bos-Veneman NG, Hoekstra PJ, Sharp FR.

Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2011 Jan;156(1):72-8. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.b.31140. Epub 2010 Nov 17.

Tourette syndrome: gene expression as a tool to discover drug targets.

Liao IH, Sharp FR.

Neurotherapeutics. 2010 Jul;7(3):302-6. Review.

Recombinant Fv-Hsp70 Protein Mediates Neuroprotection After Focal Cerebral Ischemia in Rats.

Zhan X, Ander BP, Liao IH, Hansen JE, Kim C, Clements D, Weisbart RH, Nishimura RN, Sharp FR.

Stroke. 2010 Mar;41(3):538-43.s

Identification and validation of suitable endogenous reference genes for gene expression studies in human peripheral blood.

Stamova BS, Apperson M, Walker WL, Tian Y, Xu H, Adamczy P, Zhan X, Liu DZ, Ander BP, Liao IH, Gregg JP, Turner RJ, Jickling G, Lit L, Sharp FR.

BMC Med Genomics. 2009 Aug 5;2:49.

Functional maps of human auditory cortex: effects of acoustic features and attention.

Woods DL, Stecker GC, Rinne T, Herron TJ, Cate AD, Yund EW, Liao I, Kang X.

PLoS One. 2009;4(4):e5183.

Empirical Bayes accomodation of batch-effects in microarray data using identical replicate reference samples: application to RNA expression profiling of blood from Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients.

Walker WL, Liao IH, Gilbert DL, Wong B, Pollard KS, McCulloch CE, Lit L, Sharp FR.

BMC Genomics. 2008 Oct 20;9:494.