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Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy

Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy

Xiao-Bo Liu, Ph.D.

 Xiao-Bo Liu, Ph.D.

Associate Researcher
1544 Newton Court, Center for Neuroscience
(530) 754-9209

Research Interests

The thalamocortical system deals with sensory information relaying and processing in the brain. Dr. Liu is interested in investigating the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms for sensory transmission in the central nervous system. His research projects mainly focus on two parts:

  1. Synaptic organization of the thalamic circuitry using immunocytochemical labeling combined with high resolution electron microscopy to reveal neurotransmitters and their receptors at cellular and synaptic levels in the thalamic neuronal circuitry which is critical for sensory information processing in the brain.
  2. Developmental plasticity of the thalamocortical system using axonal tracing combined with other techniques to reveal changes in receptor proteins or related molecules at synapses during cortical and thalamic development and examine the defects in certain gene knockout animals


Representative Publications

2006  Isabel Perez-Otano, Rafael Lujan, Steven J. Tavalin, Markus Plomann, Jan Modregger, Xiao-Bo Liu, Edward G. Jones, Stephen F. Heinemann, Donald C. Lo, and Michael D. Ehlers.,  Endocytosis and synaptic removal of NR3A-containing NMDA receptors by PACSINI/Syndapin1. Nature Neuroscience 9(5):611-621

2007a  Xiao-Bo Liu, Jeffery Coble, Gilles van Luijtelaar and Edward G. Jones., Reticular nucleus-specific changes in subunit protein at GABA synapses in genetically epilepsy-prone rats. Proceedings of National Academy of Science U.S.A. 104(30): 12512-12517

2007b  Xin Duan, Jay H. Chang, Shaoyu Ge, Regina L. Faulkner, Ju Young Kim, Yasuji Kitabatake, Xiao-Bo Liu, Chih-Hao Yang, J. Dedrick Jordan, Dengke K. Ma, Cindy Y. Liu, Sundar Ganesan, Hwai-Jong Cheng, Guo-li Ming, Bai Lu, and Hongjun Song., Disrupted-In-Schizophrenia 1 regulates integration of newly generated neurons in the adult brain. Cell 130(6):1146-58.


Recent/Current Teaching

NSC 201, Neuroanatomy

CHA403, Neuroscience