Department of Biology
Biology Faculty Profile
Robert Liu
Associate Professor
robert.liu@emory.edu
Office Phone: 404-727-5274 | Lab Phone: 404-727-9207
Office Room: Rollins 2131
Office Address: Emory University, Department of Biology, O. Wayne Rollins Research Center, 1510 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta , GA 30322
Lab Room: Rollins 2179
Lab Website

Research Area:
Neuroscience

Graduate Program Affiliation:
Neuroscience

Degree:

B.S., Stanford Physics, 1991
Ph.D., Stanford Applied Physics, 1998
Postdoc, UCSF Sloan-Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology

Our Computational Neuroethology Laboratory is interested in understanding how behaviorally-relevant sensory signals are encoded by cortical neurons, and what factors (e.g. experience, hormones) might lead to plastic changes in that code. We investigate this in the mouse, where ultrasonic communication between animals provides a natural behavioral context for these studies, and transgenic methods offer future possibilities for mechanistic dissection of coding mechanisms. Our experimental approaches include electrophysiology in awake mice, hormonal manipulations, immunohistochemistry, and behavioral analysis. We also employ computational methods to analyze the information processing capabilities of neurons.


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