Postdoctoral position-Genetic analysis of protein hunger at University of California, San Francisco

A postdoctoral position is available to study the molecular and cellular basis of protein specific feeding in Dr. Qili Liu’s laboratory at UCSF. We are a newly established lab with many exciting opportunities. We apply multidisciplinary approaches in the fruit fly Drosophila to study the genes and circuitry underlying motivated behaviors, with a particular focus on protein feeding, an evolutionary conserved but understudied behavior that plays a potent role in driving overeating and obesity. To carry out these studies, we combine molecular and genetic approaches with high throughput behavioral analyses, immunohistochemical techniques, and functional imaging analysis. Applicants should have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. and be energetic and highly motivated. Preference will be given to candidates skilled in electrophysiology, in vivo imaging, biochemical techniques, or computational analysis.

Representative publications:
Liu, Q*., Tabuchi, M.*, Liu, S., Kodama, L., Horiuchi, W., Daniel, J., Chiu, L., Baldoni, D., Wu, M.N. (2017). Branch-specific plasticity of a bifunctional dopamine circuit encodes protein hunger. Science 356, 534-539. (* equal contribution)

Liu, S.*, Liu, Q.*, Tabuchi, M., Wu, M.N. (2016). Sleep drive is encoded by neural plastic changes in a dedicated circuit. Cell 165, 1347-1360. (* equal contribution)

Liu, Q., Liu, S., Kodama, L., Driscoll, M.R., and Wu, M.N. (2012). Two dopaminergic neurons signal to the dorsal fan-shaped body to promote wakefulness in Drosophila. Curr Biol. 22, 2114-2123.

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To apply: Please send Cover letter, CV and the names of three references to Dr. Qili Liu (

Qili Liu, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of California, San Francisco, Department of Anatomy
Rock Hall Building, Room 345
1550 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA 94158