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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 Assistant Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Neuroscience.

Research Interest

  • Cellular and functional diversity in the developing hypothalamus
  • Neurobiology of serotonin and serotonin receptors
  • Obesity & Diabetes


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Acyl-ghrelin is Permissive for the Normal Counterregulatory Response to Insulin-induced Hypoglycemia.
Shankar K, Gupta D, Mani BK, Findley BG, Lord CC, Osborne-Lawrence S, Metzger NP, Pietra C, Liu C, Berglund ED, Zigman JM, Diabetes 2019 Nov
Ghrelin Receptor Agonist Rescues Excess Neonatal Mortality in a Prader-Willi Syndrome Mouse Model.
Rodriguez JA, Bruggeman EC, Mani BK, Osborne-Lawrence S, Lord CC, Roseman H, Viroslav HL, Vijayaraghavan P, Metzger NP, Gupta D, Shankar K, Pietra C, Liu C, Zigman JM Endocrinology 2018 Oct
Hepatocyte toll-like receptor 4 deficiency protects against alcohol-induced fatty liver disease.
Jia L, Chang X, Qian S, Liu C, Lord CC, Ahmed N, Lee CE, Lee S, Gautron L, Mitchell MC, Horton JD, Scherer PE, Elmquist JK Mol Metab 2018 May

Honors & Awards

  • 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)