CNRC Postdoctoral Fellows and Associates

Liz Febo-Rodriguez, M.D.

Mentor: Robert Shulman, M.D.
Project: Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Children Undergoing Gastric Emptying Scintigraphy for Suspected Gastroparesis
M.D. Institution: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Haris Girish, Ph.D.

Mentor: Darryl L. Hadsell, Ph.D.
Project: The community structure of intestinal microbiome determines the milk production and lactation outcomes in mice
Ph.D. Institution: Madras Veterinary College, India

Amy Goetz, Ph.D.

Mentor: Jennette Moreno, Ph.D and Teresia O'Connor, MD 
Project: Examining the impact of sleep on weight trajectory of obesity-prone children
Ph.D. Institution: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

Chathura Gunasekara, Ph.D.

Mentor: Robert A. Waterland, Ph.D.
Project: Cancer risk prediction through identification of epigenetic biomarkers
Ph.D. Institution: Michigan Technological University

Yong Han, Ph.D.

Mentor: Qi Wu, Ph.D.
Project: New inducible genetic method reveals profound control of feeding and metabolism by AgRP neurons
Ph.D. Institution: Zhejiang University, China

Yang He, Ph.D.

Mentor: Yong Xu, M.D., Ph.D.
Project: Alzheimer's disease and metabolic syndrome
Ph.D. Institution: Zhejiang University, China

Ishita Jindal, M.D.

Mentor: Fida Bacha, M.D.
Project: Effect of continuous positive airway pressure on endothelial function in overweight youth with obstructive sleep apnea 
M.D. Institution: John H Stroger Hospital of Cook County

Kevin Klatt, Ph.D., R.D. 

Mentor: David Moore, Ph.D 
Project: Nutritional Regulation of the Orphaned Nuclear Receptor, LRH-1
Ph.D. Institution: Cornell University 

Chen Liang, Ph.D.

Mentor: Yong Xu, M.D., Ph.D.
Project: Brain steroid receptor co-activators and energy homeostasis 
Ph.D. Institution: Virginia Tech

Hsiao-Yun Lin, Ph.D.

Mentor: Makoto Fukuda, Ph.D.
Project: Neural control of metabolism and experimental immunology 
Ph.D. Institution: Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, Japan

Hesong Liu, Ph.D.

Mentor: Yong Xu, M.D., Ph.D.
Project: Impaired 5-HT2C receptor (5-HT2CR)-mediated neurotransmission contributes to the obesity-induced exacerbation of AD pathophysiology and selective 5-HT2CR agonists can be used to treat AD.
Ph.D. Institution: University of Houston

Harry MacKay, Ph.D.

Mentor: Robert A. Waterland, Ph.D.
Project: Developmental Epigenetics in Arcuate Neurons of mice lacking Dnmt3a in AgRP neurons
Ph.D. Institution: Carleton University, Ontario

Marko Rudar, Ph.D.

Mentor: Teresa Davis, Ph.D.
Project: Role of Nutrition in the Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Growth in a Preterm Piglet Model
Ph.D. Institution: University of Guelph, Ontario

C. Anthony Scott, Ph.D.

Mentor: Robert A. Waterland, Ph.D.
Project: Predicting obesity risk from novel metastable epialleles
Ph.D. Institution: University of Iowa

Caitlin Vonderohe, Ph.D.

Mentor: Douglas G. Burrin, Ph.D.
Project: Development of the FGF19-FXR Axis in Neonatal Pigs
Ph.D Institution: Purdue University

Li Yang, Ph.D.

Mentor: Lanlan Shen, M.D., Ph.D.
Project: Methylated DNA binding transcription factors and epigenetic gene regulation
Ph.D. Institution: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Tingting Yang, Ph.D.

Mentor: Yong Xu, M.D., Ph.D.
Project: Epigenomic remodeling of metabolism by exercise through AP-1 
Ph.D. Institution: Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Meng Yu, Ph.D.

Mentor: Yong Xu, M.D., Ph.D.
Project: E2-sensitive ERαvlVMH neurons detect nutritional/glycemic fluctuations, and recruit multiple downstream neural circuits to maintain energy and glucose homeostasis.
Ph.D. Institution: Fudan University, Shanghai, China 

Guobin Xia

Mentor: Qi Wu, Ph.D. 
Project: GABAergic signaling in the AgRP-VMN neural circuit play a critical role in control of ghrelin-mediated glucose homeostasis and feeding through GABAA γ2 receptors.
Ph.D. Institution: Zhejiang University, China