Nu-Chu Liang

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • taste, ingestive behaviors, animal models of eating disorders, neurobiology of energy metabolism
  • polydrug use and behavior

Research Description

Feeding is fundamental to survival and reproduction.Multiple factors contribute to aberrant eating behaviors and the resulting obesity or eating disorders. My overall research program is aimed at identifying the underlying mechanisms of reward and motivation. Our current focus are aberrant eating behaviors and how various factors (e.g. exercise) contribute to these clinical conditions.


Postdoctoral training, Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University


NIH/NIDA R21DA045175  Mechanisms of metabolic and cognitive dysregulation after combined alcohol and THC use

NIH/NIDA R03DA043701  Consequences of simultaneous alcohol and cannabis use in adolescence

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences

Academic Service

Dr. Liang will be accepting a graduate student for Fall 2019 admission.

Recent Publications

Nelson, N. G., Law, W. X., Weingarten, M. J., Carnevale, L. N., Das, A., & Liang, N-C. (2019). Combined ∆ 9 -tetrahydrocannabinol and moderate alcohol administration: effects on ingestive behaviors in adolescent male rats. Psychopharmacology, 236(2), 671-684.

Nelson, N. G., Weingarten, M. J., Law, W. X., Sangiamo, D. T., & Liang, N. C. (2019). Joint and separate exposure to alcohol and ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol produced distinct effects on glucose and insulin homeostasis in male rats. Scientific reports, 9(1), [12025].

Yang, T. Y., Gardner, J. C., Gentile, J. D., & Liang, N. C. (2019). Sex and individual differences in meal patterns mediate the persistency of running-associated high-fat diet avoidance in rats. American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 316(2), R130-R143.

Nelson, N. G., Suhaidi, F. A., Law, W. X., & Liang, N-C. (2018). Chronic moderate alcohol drinking alters insulin release without affecting cognitive and emotion-like behaviors in rats. Alcohol, 70, 11-22.

Yang, T. Y., & Liang, N-C. (2018). Ovarian hormones mediate running-induced changes in high fat diet choice patterns in female rats. Hormones and Behavior, 100, 81-93.

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