Nu-Chu Liang

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Research Interests

  • taste, ingestive behaviors, animal models of eating disorders, neurobiology of energy metabolism
  • polydrug use and behavior

Academic Service

  • Undergraduate students can take research course (PSYC 290 or MCB 290) to gain research skills and experience in the Liang lab.
  • Graduate applicants are wellcome to send (ncliang8@illinois.edu) inquiry about graduate study with the Liang lab through affiliate programs e.g., psychology, neuroscience program, division of nutritional sciences.

Professional Information

Feeding is fundamental to survival and reproduction. Multiple factors contribute to aberrant eating behaviors and the resulting obesity, eating disorders, metabolic and cognitive dysfunction. My overall research program is aimed at identifying the underlying mechanisms of reward, body weight control, energy metabolism, and related cognitive function. Our current focus are ingestive behaviors (e.g., eating and drug taking) and how various factors (e.g. exercise, genetics, and environment) contribute to clinical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, drug dependence, and cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Education/Academic qualification

Postdoctoral training, Johns Hopkins University

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

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