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Xiaorong Liu

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Biology
Office location and address
245 Gilmer Hall
90 Geldard Driv
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. Peking University, 1996
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2002
Postdoctoral, The Scripps Research Institute, 2002
Postdoctoral, University of California San Francisco, 2003-2007
AS-BIOL Investigating nanoscale neuronal damages in early glaucoma towards clinical optical detection
Source: Northwestern University
June 01, 2018 – May 31, 2022
Novel Cell-Free Treatment of Glaucoma
Source: University of Illinois at Chicago
February 01, 2019 – January 31, 2021
AS-BIOL Activation of the Angiopoietin-Tie2 Pathway to Treat Ocular Hypertension and Glaucoma
Source: Northwestern University
August 25, 2017 – April 30, 2020
CLOSED
Source: Northwestern University
August 25, 2017 – August 25, 2017
PSYC 3210: Psychobiology Laboratory
Credits: 3
Develops skills necessary for the study of neural bases of behavior, such as brain dissection, electrophysiology, histology, behavioral analysis, and genetic/epigenetic analyses. Emphasis is on mastering contemporary techniques used in neuroscience research and effective, professional written presentation of research findings. Prerequisite: PSYC 2200 or 4200 or BIOL 3050; PSYC 3005 recommended.
PSYC 3590: Research in Psychology
Credits: 2–3
An original experimental project is undertaken in which each student is responsible for the design and operation of the experiment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 14 credits of psychology and instructor permission.
NESC 3960: Research in Neuroscience
Credits: 3
Students in Neuroscience major are expected to participate in active research, supervised by a faculty research mentor. The course grade is based on 10 hours/week lab work toward achieving term goals that are determined individually at the beginning of the term. Students are expected to submit a Term Plan one month after the first day of classes and a Progress Report two weeks before the last day of classes.
NESC 3985: Current Topics in Neuroscience II
Credits: 3
Current developments in the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience will be examined, from molecular neurobiology through cognitive neuroscience. Instruction will be based on readings of original literature, presentation of original and new data from Neuroscience faculty and attendance of seminar talks as part of the Neuroscience Graduate Seminar series. Prerequisite: Major in Neuroscience.
PSYC 4265: Developmental Neurobiology
Credits: 3
The diverse functions of the nervous system depend on precise wiring of connections between neurons. This course covers cellular and molecular processes of how neuronal connections are established during development. Diseases which result from failing to establish the circuitry will also be discussed. This course will introduce research methods and technology, and encourage students to develop logical rationale of contemporary research.
NESC 4265: Developmental Neurobiology
Credits: 3
The diverse functions of the nervous system depend on precise wiring of connections between neurons. This course covers cellular and molecular processes of how neuronal connections are established during development. Diseases which result from failing to establish the circuitry will also be discussed. This course will introduce research methods and technology, and encourage students to develop logical rationale of contemporary research.
PSYC 4559: New Course in Psychology
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of psychology.
NESC 4559: New Course in Neuroscience
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of neuroscience.
BIOL 4920: Independent Research in Biology
Credits: 2
Independent research for qualified undergraduates under the direction of a faculty member within the Biology Department. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
NESC 4960: Research in Neuroscience
Credits: 3
An original experimental project is undertaken in which each student is responsible for the design and operation of the experiment under the direction of a Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty member. Prerequisite: Major in Neuroscience.
NESC 4970: Distinguished Majors Thesis
Credits: 3
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty member. The thesis must be based on empirical research conducted by the student. Prerequisite: Participant in Neuroscience DMP.
NESC 4980: Distinguished Majors Thesis
Credits: 3
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty member. The thesis must be based on empirical research conducted by the student. Prerequisite: Participant in Neuroscience DMP.
PSYC 7240: From Molecules to Mind - Molecular Genetics for Neuroscientists
Credits: 3
The goal is to provide students with foundations in genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology that are necessary and helpful for research in quantitative neurobiology of behavior. It will be team-taught by faculty in the IDF cluster. Each faculty member will lead lectures/discussions on topics of their expertise. A special emphasis will be placed on introducing the molecular and genetic methods that are used in modern neuroscience research.
PSYC 8200: Internship in Teaching Neuroscience
Credits: 3
Objective is to provide a formal environment to obtain exposure to various neuroscience research techniques taught in undergraduate research methods and survey courses, while gaining teaching experience as teaching assistants and graduate instructors.
PSYC 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Thesis
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
PSYC 9501: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
BIOL 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
NESC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
NESC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, under the supervision of a dissertation director.
BIOL 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

2011 – 2013: Dr. Douglas H. Johnson Award for GlaucomaResearch, BrightFocus Foundation.

2012 – 2013: William Greve SpecialScholar Award, Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Foundation.

2019 – 2020: Mead Honored Faculty Award, University ofVirginia (UVa).