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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

  • Antipsychotic drug induced metabolic syndrome
  • Brain serotonin and serotonin receptors
  • Developmental origins of survival behaviors


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

CB1Rs in VMH Neurons Regulate Glucose Homeostasis but not Body Weight.
Castorena CM, Caron A, Michael NJ, Ahmed NI, Arnold AG, Lee J, Lee CE, Limboy C, Tinajero AS, Granier M, Wang S, Horton JD, Holland WL, Lee S, Liu C, Fujikawa T, Elmquist JK, Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 2021 Jun
Loss of Prdm12 during development, but not in mature nociceptors, causes defects in pain sensation.
Landy MA, Goyal M, Casey KM, Liu C, Lai HC, Cell Rep 2021 Mar 34 13 108913
Ghrelin Protects Against Insulin-Induced Hypoglycemia in a Mouse Model of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.
Shankar K, Gupta D, Mani BK, Findley BG, Osborne-Lawrence S, Metzger NP, Liu C, Berglund ED, Zigman JM, Front Endocrinol (Lausanne) 2020 11 606

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)