In 2162, she held the rank of lieutenant commander and was handpicked by Captain Malcolm Reed to be his Chief medical officer on the USS Pioneer. She had a good relationship with her crew mates, including comm officer Grev, despite her slight xenophobia.
In February, 2163, the Pioneer investigated Hansen's Planet, and the away team was ambushed by local lifeforms so Captain Reed used photonic torpedos to scare them off. Liao checked out the away team after their return and confronted the captain for his non too subtle approach.
In April of that year, following a disastrous engine test, the Pioneer became stuck in a decaying orbit of a super-Jovian planet. The crew was evacuated to the catwalks in the starboard warp nacelle due to the planet's radiation ring. Liao set up a medical tent, where she treated injured crew members, including First officer Travis Mayweather and Chief engineer Alan Sheehan. During her examinations, she discovered Tobin Dax's symbiont, and made a promise to keep it secret, but suggested that he should tell Captain Reed about it, which Tobin did a short time later. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: A Choice of Futures)
|Federation Starfleet||Y. Achrati • Bergmann • Chen • P. Collier • T. Dax • C. Detzel • B. Grev • J. Guzman • Kano • Karthikeyan • E. Kemal • S. A. Kirk • Konicek • T. Liao • T. Mayweather • K. Mishima • P. Morrow • K. Ndiaye • A. Osunwoke • H. Polanski • M. Reed • R. Sangupta • A. Sheehan • R. Tallarico • A. Tatopolous • V. Williams • S. Yuan|