Faculty and Research

Division Chief

Dr. Joel Elmquist

Joel Elmquist, D.V.M., Ph.D. | Research Lab
Professor
Maclin Family Distinguished Professorship in Medical Science, in Honor of Dr. Roy A. Brinkley
Carl H. Westcott Distinguished Chair in Medical Research
Departments of Internal Medicine and Pharmacology Director,
Director, Hypothalamic Research Center

Interests: Body Weight Homeostasis; Central Autonomic Control; Diabetes and Glucose Homeostasis; Neurobiology and Neuroanatomy of the Hypothalamus

Division Faculty

Dr. Eric Berglund

Eric Berglund, Ph.D.| Research Lab
Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine and Pharmacology

Interests: Body weight control, Central control of metabolism, Glucagon, Insulin sensitivity, Leptin


Dr. Teppei Fujikawa

Teppei Fujikawa, Ph.D. | Research Lab
Assistant Professor

Interests: Glucoregulatory Actions of Leptin; Metabolic Adaptations to Exercise; The Central Regulation of Metabolic Homeostasis


Dr. Laurent Gautron

Laurent Gautron, Ph.D. | Research Lab
Assistant Professor

Interests: Hypothalamus, in situ hybridization, Molecular neuroendocrinology, Neuroanatomy, neuroimmunology, obesity, Sepsis, Vagus nerve


Dr. Deepali Gupta

Deepali Gupta, Ph.D.
Assistant Instructor


Dr. Syann Lee

Syann Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Dr. Chen Liu

Chen Liu, Ph.D. | Research Lab
Assistant Professor

Interests: Antipsychotic drug induced metabolic syndrome; Brain serotonin and serotonin receptors; Developmental origins of survival behaviors


Dr. Kripa Shankar

Kripa Shankar, Ph.D.
Assistant Instructor


Dr. Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams, Ph.D. | Research Lab
Associate Professor

Interests: Central Autonomic Control; Diabetes and Glucose Homeostasis; Electrophysiology; Exercise; Neurophysiology; Obesity and Body Weight Homeostasis; Synaptic Transmission


Dr. Young-Jai You

Young-Jai You, Ph.D. | Research Lab
Assistant Professor

Interests: Metabolic Regulation of Behavioral States; Metabolic Regulation of Reproduction; Neural Mechanisms of Starvation


Dr. Jeffrey Zigman

Jeffrey Zigman, M.D., Ph.D. | Research Lab
Professor
Kent and Jodi Foster Distinguished Chair in Endocrinology, in Honor of Daniel Foster, M.D.
The Diana and Richard C. Strauss Professorship in Biomedical Research
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce G. Brookshire Professorship in Medicine
Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry

Interests: Brain-gut axis; Cancer cachexia; Diabetes and hypoglycemia; Enteroendocrine cell function; Ghrelin secretion and ghrelin action; Metabolic responses to Exercise; Neuro-hormonal framework linking complex eating behaviors to mood; Obesity and eating behavior; Prader-Willi Syndrome


Secondary Appointments in Hypothalamic Research

Joyce Repa, Ph.D. | Research Lab
Associate Professor
Department of Physiology

Interests: Bile acids, Cholesterol; Diabetes; Lipidomics; LXR, FXR, PXR, beta-cell, islet; Neurodegenerative disease; Nuclear hormone receptor; Sensorineural hearing loss; Transcription


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