Qiaoyi Liang

Qiaoyi Liang

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Main Focus

Sweet taste perception and sensory processing of passerines

Recent genomic evidence showed that birds appear to lack a critical sweet taste receptor T1R2. Many passerine birds are specialists or opportunists that feed on nectars and fruits. For example, African yellow white-eye (Zosterops senegalensis) is known to be an occasional nectarivore. Additionally, canaries are typical seed-eaters but field observations reported that they may also feed on nectars. Yet no clear evidence shows whether they are able to detect dietary sugars. My current project is to investigate the sweet perception of white-eyes and canaries by behavioral tests. I am also interested in looking into the sensory system that enables birds to process sweet taste.

Curriculum Vitae

  • since 2017: PhD project, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany
  • 2015 - 2016: Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Evolutionary Biology, University of Groningen and  Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
  • 2011 - 2015: Bsc in Biology, Sun Yat-sen University, China

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • MPI for Ornithology Seewiesen
  • Research Group Baldwin
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