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Dr. Yan Liu

Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, 1997

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Research Interests

  1. Neurobiology of social attachment in a model system of monogamous prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster)
  2. Social and drug reward interactions and underlying mechanisms in prairie voles.
  3. Environmental and hormonal regulation of adult neurogenesis in voles.

Selected Publications


Liu Y, Lieberwirth C, Jia X, Curtis JT, Meredith M, and Wang ZX (2014) Chemosensory cues affect amygdaloid neurogenesis and alter behaviors in the socially monogamous prairie vole. Eur. J. Neurosci., 39:1632-1641 [pdf]

Sun P, Smith AS, Lei K, Liu Y, and Wang ZX (2014) Breaking bonds in male prairie vole: long-term effects on emotional and social behavior, physiology, and neurochemistry. Behav. Brain Res. 265:22-31 [pdf]

Lieberwirth C, Wang Y, Jia X, Liu Y, and Wang ZX (2013) Fatherhood reduces the survival of adult-generated cells and affects various types of behaviors. Eur J. Neurosci., 38:3345-3355. PMID:23899240 [pdf]

Wang H, Duclot F, Liu Y, Wang ZX, and Kabbaj M (2013) Histone deacetylase inhibitors facilitate partner preference formation in female prairie voles. Nature Neurosci., 16:919-924. PMID:23727821

Lieberwirth C, Liu Y, Jia X, and Wang ZX (2012) Social isolation impairs adult neurogenesis in the limbic system and alters behaviors in female prairie voles. Horm. Behav., 62:357-366. PMID:22465453 [pdf]

Liu Y, Young KA, Curtis TC, Aragona B, and Wang ZX (2011) Social bonding decreases the rewarding properties of amphetamine through a dopamine D1 receptor mediated mechanism. J. Neurosci., 31:7960-7966. [pdf]

Young KA, Liu Y, Gobrogge KL, Dietz DM, Wang H, Kabbaj M, Wang ZX (2011) Amphetamine alters behavior and mesocorticolimbic dopamine receptor expression in the monogamous female prairie vole. Brain Res. 1367: 213-222. [pdf]

Young KA, Gobrogge KL, Liu Y, Wang ZX (2011) The neurobiology of pair bonding: insights from a socially monogamous rodent. Front Neuroendocrinol. 32: 53-69. [pdf]

Liu Y, Aragona BJ, Young KA, Dietz DM, Kabbaj M, Mazei-Robison M, Nestler EJ, and Wang ZX (2010) Nucleus accumbens dopamine mediates amphetamine-induced impairment of social bonding in a monogamous rodent species. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., USA, 107: 1217-1222. [pdf]

Gobrogge KL, Liu Y, Young LJ and Wang ZX (2009) Anterior hypothalamic vasopressin regulates pair-bonding and drug-induced aggression in a monogamous rodent. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., USA, 106(45):19144-9. [pdf]

Pan YL, Liu Y, Young KA, Zhang ZB, and Wang ZX (2009) Post-weaning social isolation alters anxiety-related behavior and neurochemical gene expression in the brain of male prairie voles. Neurosci. Lett., 454(1): 67-71, 2009. [pdf]

Gobrogge KL, Liu Y, and Wang ZX (2008) Dopamine regulation of pair bonding in the monogamous prairie voles. In: Neurobiology of the Parental Brain. Robert Bridges (Ed). Elsevier Inc. 347-360.

Fowler CF, Liu Y, and Wang ZX (2008) Estrogen and adult neurogenesis in the amygdala and hypothalamus. Brain Res. Rev., 57:342-351. [pdf]

Young KL, Liu Y, and Wang ZX (2008) Neurobiology of social attachment: a comparative approach to behavioral, neuroanatomical, and neurochemical studies. Comp. Biochem. Physiol., Part C 148:401-410.

Gobrogge KL, Liu Y, Jia X and Wang ZX (2007) Anterior hypothalamic neural activation and neurochemical association with aggression in pair bonded male prairie voles. J. Comp. Neurol., 502:1109-1122. [pdf]


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