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  • Xiu Liu, MD, PhD

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    Associate Professor
    Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
    Phone: (601) 984-2875  


    • MD - Dalian Medical University, Liaoning, China, 1985
    • PhD - Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China, 1994


    • Assistant professor, Jichi Medical School, Tochigi-ken, Japan, 1997-99 
    • Research associate, Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, CA, 1999-2002 
    • Research scientist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2002-04 
    • Research assistant professor, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2004-08 
    • Associate professor, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, 2008-present

    Research interests

    Animal models of nicotine-taking/-seeking behavior are used to investigate neurobiological mechanisms of nicotine addiction. Projects require rat-loving persons since on a daily basis rats are handled, weighed, fed and trained to perform certain behavior.