LAB Members

Cirong LIU, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Lab of Translational Brain Imaging
Institute of Neuroscience
Chinese Academy of Sciences or

Current Research Directions:

1) Marmoset Brain Mapping Project
2) Connectomic Basis and Functional Mechanisms of Default Mode Network
3) Neural Mechanisms of Curiosity-driven and Social Behaviors

Dr. CIRONG Liu acquired his B.S. degree from Yunnan University in 2009; MSc from Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012; and PhD from Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland in 2016. From 2016 to 2019, he studied as Postdoc in Laboratory of Functional and Molecular Imaging, NINDS/NIH. Between 2019 and 2020, he worked as Research Assistant Professor in University of Pittsburgh. He joined ION in 2020 as the Principal Investigator of Laboratory of Translational Brain Imaging.

Haiying Chen
Lab Manager


Dexin Lu
Research Assistant


Lingli Du
Research Assistant


Selected Publications

Liu C *, Ye F, Newman J, Szczupak D, Tian X, Yen C, Glen D, Majka P, Rosa, M, Leopold D, Silva A*. A resource for the detailed 3D mapping of white matter pathways in the marmoset brain. (2020) Nature Neuroscience. doi:10.1038/s41593-019-0575-0 (*Co-corresponding author).

> Cover Paper of Nature Neuroscience (Vol23.No.2)
> Hightlighted by Nature Methods.

Liu C*, Yen C, Szczupak D, Ye F, Leopold D, Silva A*. Anatomical and functional investigation of the marmoset default mode network .(2019). Nature Communications doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09813-7. (*Co-corresponding author)

> Awake functional MRI of Marmoset

Shi L# Luo X#, Jiang J#, Chen Y#, Liu C#, Hu T, Li M, Lin Q, Li Y, Huang J, Wang H, Niu Y, Shi Y, Styner M, Wang J, Lu Y, Sun X, Yu H, Ji W, Su B. Transgenic rhesus monkeys carrying the human MCPH1 gene copies show human-like neoteny of brain development. (2019). National Science Review. doi: 10.1093/nsr/nwz043. (#Co-first author)

Liu C, Ye F, Yen C, Newman J, Glen D, Leopold D, Silva A. A digital 3D atlas of the marmoset brain based on multi-modal MRI. (2018). Neuroimage, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.12.004.

> Cover Paper of Neuroimage (2018 Apr)

Liu C, Li Y, Edwards T, Kurniawan N, Richards L, Jiang T. Altered structural connectome in adolescent socially isolated mice .(2016). Neuroimage, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.06.037.

Liu C#, Tian X#, Liu H#, Mo Y, Bai F, Zhao X, Ma Y, Wang J. Rhesus monkey brain development during late infancy and the effect of phencyclidine: a longitudinal MRI and DTI study. (2015). Neuroimage, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.11.056. (#Co-first author)

Liu C#, and Tian X#. A data-driven method to reduce the impact of region size on degree metrics in voxel-wise functional brain networks. (2014).Frontiers in Neurology, doi: 10.3389/fneur.2014.00199. (#Co-first author)

Tian X#, Liu C#, Jiang T, Rizak J, Ma Y, Hu X. Feature-reduction and semi-simulated data in functional connectivity-based cortical parcellation.(2013). Neuroscience bulletin, doi: 10.1007/s12264-013-1339-6. (#Co-first author)