Energy homeostasis and eating behavior
The ultimate goal for any living organism is to maintain energy homeostasis in its quest to survive.
We are particularly interested in the neuronal circuits of the central nervous system (CNS) that are involved in the (dys)regulation of energy homeostasis in obesity. With the brain-specific homeobox protein BSX we have identified an essential player marking a neuronal network within the hypothalamus that orchestrates eating behavior, sleep and higher cognitive functions.
“You think what you eat”!
It is our goal to unravel the reciprocal interactions between hormonal signals and higher cognitive functions in the regulation of eating behavior. An important aspect of our work will rely on a state-of-the-art method in neuroscience: CLARITY.