Cell Signaling & Cell/Environment Interactions (Area Director)
Gene Expression, Cell Cycle & Chromosome Biology
Impact of obesity on immunity and cognition
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We investigate how fat stores communicate with the brain to control physiology. Our inquiries have led us to unexpected and fundamental discoveries in the realms of both cell biology [how nutrient state regulates nucleocytoplasmic localization of fat hormones/adipokines] and neurobiology [how adipokines influence synapse number to maintain body weight]. Active ongoing projects: i) how fat cells package adipokines for delivery to the brain; ii) elucidate interactions between fat stores and innate immune axes; iii) uncover how adipokine localization controls hunger-driven feeding motivation.
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Room: B2 183
Box: MS A2 025