• Robert C. Liu


    PI Background: I am a neuroscientist with a physics background, working at the intersection of the fields of auditory neuroethology and social neuroscience. I transitioned into neuroscience as a postdoc, working with systems neuroscientists at the University of California, San Francisco's Sloan-Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology. After initially studying the visual system, I began a program to explore how neurons in the auditory system encode behaviorally relevant sounds, using a mouse model of acoustic communication. This work has now expanded into a general interest in neural plasticity and processing in social communication contexts. In particular, through collaborations at Emory, our research now explores how social information processing and reward are regulated in both a mouse model of maternal recognition of pup calls and a vole model of socially monagomous bonding.

Current Graduate Students

  • Alex Dunlap (GA Tech Bioengineering)

    Scientific interests: I am interested in studying how auditory cortical plasticity impacts decision processes and behavior.

  • Kelly Chong (GA Tech BioMedical Engineering)

    Scientific interests: I am interested in studying hormonal modulation of sound processing, and the molecular mechanisms responsible for changes in the electrophysiological properties of the auditory cortex following social experience.

  • Amielle Moreno (Emory Neuroscience)

    Scientific interests: I am interested in how an animal's social environment can lead to changes in genetic transcription, cellular activity and thus alter behavior. I'm currently researching the epigenetic regulation of genes in the auditory cortex and how maternal experience and hormonal exposure might change genetic transcription.

  • Jim Kwon (Emory Neuroscience)

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  • Sena Agezo (Emory Neuroscience)

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  • Dakshitha B. Anandakumar (GA Tech BioMedical Engineering)

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Current Undergraduate Students

Current Staff and Interns

Former Lab Members

  • Matthew Tucker

  • Tamara Ivanova (Postdoc 2017)

  • Liz Ann Amadei (GT BME 2017) - ETH Zurich Postdoc

  • Wittney Mays - Georgia State Bioinformatics Graduate Program

  • Aaron Shpiner - Tufts Medical School

  • Katy Shepard (Emory NS 2014) - Tyton Partners Associate

  • Rudolph Chip Mappus (Postdoc 2014) - AT&T Associate Director

  • Alonzo Whyte - Emory Postdoc

  • Ankita Gumaste - Yale Neuroscience Graduate Program

  • Frank Lin (GT BioE 2012) - Northrop Grumman Data Scientist

  • Zachary Aberman - Florida International University Medical School

  • Malan Kern

  • Saket Kumar

  • Mary Catherine Stoumbos

  • Edgar Galindo-Leon (Postdoc 2010) - Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg Eppendorf Physicist

  • Tatsuya Oishi

  • Imke Kirste

  • Andrew Matthews

  • Jason Miranda (Postdoc 2009) - Galvani Bioelectronics

  • Ameya Save

  • Stephen Brink

  • Sara Freeman - UC Davis Postdoc

  • Brian Kocher - Microsoft Senior Program Manager

  • Steven Sangha

  • Yongkui Zhang (Postdoc 2006) - Southeast University (China) Assistant Professor

  • Huey Huynh

Open Positions


    The laboratories of Robert Liu, Gordon Berman and Larry Young at Emory University are accepting applications for a postdoctoral scientist working in a collaborative team to study pro-social interactions in rodents. The research combines recent advances in computational ethology (Berman et al, Interface, 2014) with in vivo electrophysiology and optogenetics in socially interacting prairie voles (Amadei, Johnson et al, Nature, 2017), a premier rodent model for the formation of social bonds (Lim et al, Nature, 2004). The research aims to use behavioral and neurophysiological activity to build predictive models of social dynamics leading to a pair bond, and investigate the role that oxytocin plays in mediating these activities.

    PhD required. We are looking for a candidate who approaches neuroscience with a systems or circuit perspective and is interested in the neuroscience of social behavior. Training in any of the following areas would be viewed favorably: in vivo electrophysiology, optogenetics, computational data analysis, sensorimotor integration, reward and reinforcement.

    Emory University and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center have a rich, collaborative neuroscience community (http://biomed.emory.edu/PROGRAM_SITES/NS/), especially in the areas of translational social neuroscience (http://ctsn.emory.edu/) and computational neuroscience (http://compneurosci.college.emory.edu/). Research at Emory in the neurobiology of social behavior extends across many labs from the molecular level through the organismal level in animal models and humans, with a particular interest in the functions of oxytocin (http://www.oxytocin.emory.edu/). Ongoing efforts include both elucidating normal processes and ameliorating deficits found in human conditions, like autism spectrum disorder.

    To inquire or apply, please email robert.liu@emory.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue at least through May 31, or until the position is filled. Applications should include a CV, the names and full contact information of 3 references, and at least one representative publication.

    Emory University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Last Updated: 02/12/2018