Ingestive behavior, taste, eating disorders and neurobiology of energy metabolism, polydrug use and behavior
Feeding is fundamental to survival and reproduction. Multiple factors contribute to aberrant eating behaviors and related health issues such as obesity eating disorders, and mental illness. My overall research program is aimed at identifying the underlying mechanisms of aberrant eating behaviors and how various factors develop these clinical conditions. Specific projects include: 1) how exercise produces positive effects such as obesity prevention and decreased intake of palatable energy dense foods, and negative effects such as life threatening anorexia nervosa; 2) how different types of stressors affect diet preferences; 3) how consumption of alcohol and cannabis alone or in combination affects brain development.
Dr. Liang will be accepting a graduate student for Fall 2019 admission.
Liang, Nu-Chu 2013. Food avoidance and acceptance learning with different stressors in female rats. Neuroscience 235:149-58.
Liang, Nu-Chu, Nicholas T. Bello, and Timothy H. Moran. 2013. Additive feeding inhibitory and aversive effects of naltrexone and exendin-4 combinations. International Journal of Obesity 37.2:272-8.
Liang, Nu-Chu, Christopher S. Freet, Patricia S. Grigson, and Ralph Norgren. 2012. Pontine and thalamic influences on fluid rewards I: operant responding for sucrose and corn oil. Physiology & Behavior 105.2:576-588.
Liang, Nu-Chu, Patricia S. Grigson, and Ralph Norgren. 2012. Pontine and thalamic influences on fluid rewards II: sucrose and corn oil conditioned aversions. Physiology & Behavior 105.2:589-594.
Liang, Nu-Chu, Patricia S. Grigson, and Ralph Norgren. 2012. Pontine and thalamic on fluid rewards III: anticipatory contrast for sucrose and corn oil. Physiology & Behavior 105.2: 595-606.
Liang, Nu-Chu, Nicholas T. Bello, and Timothy H. Moran. 2011. Experience with activity based anorexia enhances conditioned taste aversion learning in rats. Physiology & Behavior 102: 51-57.
Bello, Nicholas T., and Nu-Chu Liang. 2011. The use of serotonergic drugs to treat obesity – is there any hope? Drug Des Devel Ther. 5: 95-109.