Dong Liu

Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Biomedical Sciences

MD/PhD, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Shandong University, China, 2017

BS, Shandong University, China, 2013


I finished my M.D./Ph.D. program in Otolaryngology and Neuroscience in Shandong University, China, where I focused on the investigations of neurotransmitters and their specialized neurotransporters regulation. I also have experience in evaluating the biological functions of novel nanoparticles for cancer diagnosis and therapeutic effects. I joined the University of Minnesota Duluth as a postdoctoral associate in 2017 and am currently involved in investigating the essential roles of mammalian signaling pathways in affecting the synchronization of endogenous circadian rhythm.

Professional Associations

Member, Society of Neuroscience, 2019 - present



I. Publications

1. Pathak, S.S., Liu, D., Li, T., de Zavalia, N., Zhu, L., Li, J., Karthikeyan, R., Alain, T., Liu, A.C., Storch, K.F. and Kaufman, R.J., 2019. The eIF2? kinase GCN2 modulates period and rhythmicity of the circadian clock by translational control of Atf4. Neuron, 104(4), pp.724-735

2. Liu, D., Stowie, A., de Zavalia, N., Leise, T., Pathak, S.S., Drewes, L.R., Davidson, A.J., Amir, S., Sonenberg, N. and Cao, R., 2018. mTOR signaling in VIP neurons regulates circadian clock synchrony and olfaction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(14), pp.E3296-E3304

3. Ramanathan, C., Kathale, N.D., Liu, D., Lee, C., Freeman, D.A., Hogenesch, J.B., Cao, R.and Liu, A.C., 2018. mTOR signaling regulates central and peripheral circadian clock function. PLoS genetics, 14(5), p.e1007369