Yijun Liu

University of Florida, USA

Dr. Liu graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University with a bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) with a doctoral degree in Physiology. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the prestigiousResearch Imaging Center at UTHSCSA before he joined in the Department of Psychiatry and McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida (UF) as a tenure-track assistant professor. Dr. Liu became an associate professor with tenure in year 2006 and River Branch Professor (with an endowment from Johnson & Johnson’s family) in year 2009. Dr. Liu pioneered research on the sensory function of human red nucleus using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques. He developed the WICA (within-condition interregional covaraince analysis) and TCA (temporal-clustering analysis) methods for dynamic mapping of human brain and first applied these techniques to reveal in vivo the brain paralell-processing systems and nerual responses following eating, and medication as well. Dr. Liu and his colleagues at UF conducted a series of fMRI research projects to investigate neural-timing mechanisms involved in various cognitive-affective processes, and to model functional (or dysfunctional) brain circuits underlying certain neuropsychiatric illnesses, such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and substance-use disorders. Dr. Liu is the chief of Division of Global Tobacco, Alcohol, Obesity and Health Research as well as the director of Florida International Center for Brain Research. Dr. Liu is also a member of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the Society for Neuroscience, and the Organization for Human Brain Mapping.

Biography Updated on 26 August 2012

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