I study the neural systems that regulate energy balance, neuroendocrine function and
behavioral state in the mammalian brain. I am particularly interested in the
intracellular signaling mechanisms used by various neurotransmitters within hypothalamic
circuits participating in feeding and sleep/wake behaviors, and how these mechanisms
might be influenced by nutrient status (e.g., hypoglycemia).
I also collaborate on neuroinformatics projects related to the modeling and management of
neuroscientific data about these circuits. As part of my interests in mechanisms
underlying nutrient homeostasis, I also maintain an active research interest in the
history of neurochemistry and thermodynamics.
As part of my scientific duties, I am strongly committed to classroom and laboratory
instruction in the life sciences (biology, biochemistry, neuroscience) at the college and
Neural Circuits Responsive to Changes in Blood Sugar
Neural Controls of Food Intake and Body Weight Regulation
Protein Expression Patterns in the Brain
History of Neuroscience and Bioenergetics