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Yuan Liu, Ph.D.

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Chief, Office of International Activities 
Director, Computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics Program
Specialties: Channels, synapses, and circuits, neuroinformatics, and computational neuroscience.

Dr. Liu leads the NINDS’ international activities, which focus on fostering international and global health research, training and collaborations. She also oversees the computational neuroscience and neuroinformatics program, which promotes collaborations between experimental and computational neuroscientists to advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, and the mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders.

In addition, Dr. Liu has been serving as the NINDS representative on many interagency and trans-NIH committees and working groups that develop international and computational biology and bioinformatics related initiatives and programs, including the trans-NIH Global Health Working Group, inter-agency initiatives (e.g., CRCNS, IMAG, and BigData), trans-NIH programs (e.g., Roadmap, BISTI, and BD2K), and Blueprint for Neuroscience activities (e.g., NIF, NITRC and Human Connectome Project).

Dr. Liu received her bachelors and masters degrees in neurophysiology from Peking University in P.R. China, and her Ph.D. in neuroscience, under the mentorship of Prof. John G. Nicholls, from the Biozentrum, Universität Basel in Switzerland. Her research career was focused on the area of neurophysiology at single channel, synaptic and systems levels. Between 1999 and 2004, she managed the research portfolio centered on channels, synapses and circuit grants at NINDS. Prior to joining the NINDS, Dr. Liu was Program Director for Basic Neuroscience Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH.

Last Modified March 5, 2014