Nu-Chu Liang

Research Interests

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

Research Description

Feeding is fundamental to survival and reproduction.Multiple factors contribute to aberrant eating behaviors and the resulting obesity or eating disorders. My overall research program is aimed at identifying the underlying mechanisms of reward and motivation. Our current focus are aberrant eating behaviors and how various factors (e.g. exercise) contribute to these clinical conditions.


, Postdoctoral training, Johns Hopkins University
, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Psychology
Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences

Academic Service

Dr. Liang will be accepting a graduate student for Fall 2019 admission.

Recent Publications

Nelson, N. G., Suhaidi, F. A., Law, W. X., & Liang, N-C. (2018). Chronic moderate alcohol drinking alters insulin release without affecting cognitive and emotion-like behaviors in rats. Alcohol, 70, 11-22.

Yang, T. Y., & Liang, N-C. (2018). Ovarian hormones mediate running-induced changes in high fat diet choice patterns in female rats. Hormones and Behavior, 100, 81-93.

Nelson, N. G., Law, W. X., Weingarten, M. J., Carnevale, L. N., Das, A., & Liang, N-C. (Accepted/In press). Combined ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol and moderate alcohol administration: effects on ingestive behaviors in adolescent male rats. Psychopharmacology.

Yang, Y., Choi, P. P., Smith, W. W., Xu, W., Ma, D., Cordner, Z. A., ... Moran, T. H. (2017). Exendin-4 reduces food intake via the PI3K/AKT signaling pathway in the hypothalamus. Scientific Reports, 7(1), [6951].

Yang, T., Xu, W. J., York, H., & Liang, N-C. (2017). Diet choice patterns in rodents depend on novelty of the diet, exercise, species, and sex. Physiology and Behavior, 176, 149-158.

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