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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

DRP1 Suppresses Leptin and Glucose Sensing of POMC Neurons.
Santoro A, Campolo M, Liu C, Sesaki H, Meli R, Liu ZW, Kim JD, Diano S Cell Metab. 2017 Jan
A Small Potassium Current in AgRP/NPY Neurons Regulates Feeding Behavior and Energy Metabolism.
He Y, Shu G, Yang Y, Xu P, Xia Y, Wang C, Saito K, Hinton A, Yan X, Liu C, Wu Q, Tong Q, Xu Y Cell Rep 2016 Nov 17 7 1807-1818
Mutation of mouse Samd4 causes leanness, myopathy, uncoupled mitochondrial respiration, and dysregulated mTORC1 signaling.
Chen Z, Holland W, Shelton JM, Ali A, Zhan X, Won S, Tomisato W, Liu C, Li X, Moresco EM, Beutler B Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2014 May 111 20 7367-72
Arcuate AgRP neurons mediate orexigenic and glucoregulatory actions of ghrelin.
Wang Q, Liu C, Uchida A, Chuang JC, Walker A, Liu T, Osborne-Lawrence S, Mason BL, Mosher C, Berglund ED, Elmquist JK, Zigman JM Mol Metab 2014 Feb 3 1 64-72

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)