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Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience and a Doctoral Excellence Award from Case Western Reserve University where he studied the transcriptional control of brain serotonin (5-HT) neuron development and 5-HT-related mood disorders.

After studying the neurons that produce 5-HT, he went on to explore the neural pathways that mediate the physiological actions of 5-HT. Supported by a fellowship from the Hilda & Preston Davis Foundation, his postdoctoral research focused on 5-HT circuits that regulate food intake and glucose balance.

Dr. Liu joined the faculty of Division of Hypothalamic Research in September 2015. He is currently an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Neuroscience.

Research Interest

  • Antipsychotic drug induced metabolic syndrome
  • Brain serotonin and appetitive behaviors
  • Genetics of human obesity


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

LEAP2 deletion in mice enhances ghrelin's actions as an orexigen and growth hormone secretagogue.
Shankar K, Metzger NP, Singh O, Mani BK, Osborne-Lawrence S, Varshney S, Gupta D, Ogden SB, Takemi S, Richard CP, Nandy K, Liu C, Zigman JM, Mol Metab 2021 Aug 101327

Honors & Awards

  • Junior Investigator Award
    Chinese American Diabetes Association (2022)
  • Grossman Award for Excellence in Diabetes Research
  • Scientist Development Award
    American Heart Association (2016)
  • Pilot and Feasibility Award
    National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke (2015)
  • Scholarship Awards
    Keystone Symposium/Allen Institute for Brain Science (2014)
  • Doctoral Excellence Award
    Case Western Reserve University (2011)
  • Fellowship Award
    Davis Foundation in Eating Disorder Research (2011)
  • The President's Award
    Case Western Reserve University (2008)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • The Obesity Society (2016)
  • American Heart Association (2013)
  • Sigma Xi (2012)
  • Society for Neuroscience (2008)