Dr. Yijun Liu
Vice President of Clinical Affairs
Dr. Liu graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University with a bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) with a doctoral degree in Physiology. He was a Research Fellow in the prestigious Research Imaging Center at UTHSCSA before he joined in the Department of Psychiatry and McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida (UF) as an assistant professor. Dr. Liu pioneered research on the sensory function of human red nucleus using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques. He developed the TCA (temporal clustering analysis) method for dynamic mapping of the brain and first applied this technique to reveal in vivo the hypothalamic response following eating. Dr. Liu and his colleagues at UF conducted a series of fMRI research projects to investigate the neural timing mechanisms involved in various cognitive-affective processes, and to model the functional (or dysfunctional) brain circuitry underlying certain neuropsychiatric illnesses, such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Dr. Liu is a member of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the Society for Neuroscience, and the Organization for Human Brain Mapping.