In my laboratory, we combine molecular biology, mouse genetics, imaging, and physiology techniques to study the structure and function of retinal ganglion cells during development and in a disease condition. Specifically, we focus on the roles of two neurotrophins, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and neurotrophin 3 (NT-3), in ganglion cell postnatal maturation and in a mouse glaucoma model.

The Team

Xiaorong Liu,  Principal Investigator

Mingna Liu,

Research Scientist


University of Virginia offers great research environment, and Charlottesville is a pleasant place to live. Interested individuals please send a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and contact information for three references by email to Dr. Xiaorong Liu (

Jingyi Gao, Graduate Student

Marta Grannonico,

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sally Coleman,

Research Technician

Feng Liu,

Visiting Student

Past Members

Genn Suyeoka                             Lab Tech                                       

Krsna Rangarajan          Master Student at NU Neurobiology                    NIH

Liang Feng                           Research Associate                     Northwestern Hospital

Name                                             Position                                    Current Address

Hui Chen                              Postdoctoral Fellow                                     UVA     

Courtney Lawhn                          Lab Tech                       U Chicago Medical School

Miho Yoshida                        Postdoctoral Fellow                                    Japan

Zhen Puyang                  Exchange Graduate Student                     Shanghai, China