Staff Profiles

Monica Liu, Ph.D.

Shanahan Foundation Fellow

Monica Liu has a BS in Biology and a BA in Computer Science. She earned her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied with Drs. Douglas Weber and Aaron Batista. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on population analysis of neural mechanisms of sensorimotor integration by investigating how contact mechanics influences texture coding in the dorsal root ganglia and examining the role of proprioceptive feedback on brain-computer interface control in motor cortex.


Research Interests

Monica is interested in applying neural population analysis techniques across multiple regions to investigate the neural mechanisms of learning and memory—ultimately working towards a better understanding of neuropsychiatric disorders. 


  • Computational neuroscience
  • Sensorimotor integration
  • Brain computer interfaces
  • Machine learning  

Research Programs:

  • Shanahan Foundation Fellowship


Selected Publications

Information about contact force and surface texture is mixed in the firing rates of cutaneous afferent neurons

Journal of Neurophysiology
February 21, 2021

Liu M, Batista A, Bensmaia S, Weber DJ

Hindlimb motor responses evoked by microstimulation of the lumbar dorsal root ganglia during quiet standing

Journal of Neural Engineering
December 2019

Urbin MA,Liu M, Bottorff EC, Gaunt RA, Fisher LE, Weber DJ