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CNRC Postdoctoral Fellows and Associates


Yong Han, Ph.D.

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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.

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

Kevin Klatt, Ph.D., R.D. 

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


Chen Liang, Ph.D.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Deb Okafor, M.D.

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Mentor: Robert J. Shulman, M.D.
Project: Diet In Pediatric Patients with Gastroparesis
M.D. Institution: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Robert Peery, Ph.D.

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Mentor: Lanlan Shen, M.D.
Ph.D. Institution: Indiana University School of Medicine
Project: The Gut Microbiome and the Early Environmental Influences on Intestinal Stem Cell Epigenetics

Abigail Pritchard, Ph.D.

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Mentors: Teresa Davis, Ph.D. & Marta Fiorotto, Ph.D.
Project: “Leucine Supplementation in Early Life to Promote Muscle Growth at the Expense of Adipose Deposition.”
Ph.D. Institution: Michigan State University. 

Reem Shawar, M.D.

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Mentor: Fida Bacha, M.D.
Project: The Impact of Obesity on Pediatric Bone Health
M.D. Institution: Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

Longlong 'Lucas' Tu

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Mentor: Yong Xu, M.D., Ph.D.
Project: Ano4 mediates responsiveness of GI neurons to glycemic fluctuations in multiple brain regions
Ph.D Institution: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

Caitlin Vonderohe, Ph.D.

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

Li Yang, Ph.D.

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Mentor: Lanlan Shen, M.D.
Project: p16 Epimutation: Function in Tumorigenesis and A Target for Cancer Therapy
PH.D. Institution: Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Meng Yu, Ph.D.

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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