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Chen Liu, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of its Center for Hypothalamic Research. Dr. Liu holds a secondary appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience.

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 UT Southwestern in 2015.

Research Interest

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


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Honors & Awards

  • Junior Investigator Award
    Chinese American Diabetes Association (2022)
  • Grossman Award for Excellence in Diabetes Research
  • Scientist Development Award
    American Heart Association (2016)
  • 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

  • American Diabetes Association (2023)
  • American Heart Association (2013)
  • International Society for Serotonin Research (2023)
  • Society for Neuroscience (2008)
  • The Obesity Society (2016)