Hengdi Liang is an ocean biogeochemist, with a particular focus on the complex interactions between chemical processes and marine ecosystems. Her research involves employing computer models to simulate and predict the behaviors of chemical constituents within the ocean. These ocean biogeochemical models integrate vast datasets and utilize advanced algorithms to simulate the physical, chemical, and biological processes that occur in the ocean, which can help understand the distribution and transport of ocean nutrients, their sources and sinks, and their impact on marine life. This can provide valuable insights into how the ocean responds to changing environmental conditions, and is critical for developing strategies to mitigate climate change. Hengdi completed her doctoral studies at the University of Southern California, and is now continuing her research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a postdoc associate.