Xinyu Liu

2012-now: Institute of genetics and developmental biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Post doctor in Developmental biology.
Supervisor: John R. Speakman

2006-2012: Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Ph. D. degree in Ecology, January 2012.
Supervisor: Dr. Wang De-Hua

2002-2006: College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University.

Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, July 2006



Research interests
I have been working as a physiological ecologist for 7 years mostly focusingonbody weight regulation and energy balance in rodents. I would like to utilize this training and continue to examine energy metabolism in rodents and other species. Two issues will be focused on in my post-doctoral research: The first one is about natural obesity in a wild rodents; the second one is about the function of brown adipose tissue in regulating energy metabolism and body weight.



  1. Liu Xin-Yu, Xu De-Liand Wang De-Hua. 2012. High body weight is associated with impaired nonshivering thermogenesis but improved glucose tolerance in Mongolian gerbils (Merionesunguiculatus). J Therm Biol. 37: 524-530.
  2. Liu Xin-Yu and Wang De-Hua. 2011. Effects of leptin supplementation to lactating Brandt's voles (Lasiopodomysbrandtii) on the developmental responses of their offspring to a high-fat diet. J Comp Physiol B. 181: 829-839.
  3. Xu De-Li, Liu Xin-Yu and Wang De-Hua. 2011. Food restriction and refeeding has no effect on cellular and humoral immunity in Mongolian gerbils (Merionesunguiculatus). PhysiolBiochem Zool. 84: 87-98.
  4. Xu De-Li, Liu Xin-Yu and Wang De-Hua. 2011. Impairment of cellular and humoral immunity in overweight Mongolian gerbils (Merionesunguiculatus). Integr Zool. 6: 353-366.


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