Assistant professor’s research addresses mechanisms triggering overeating

Claire de La Serre is a Neuroscience PhD Program member who has also recently become an assistant professor in the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Her research analyzes ingestive behavior, particularly how the gut communicates the brain and the mechanisms which trigger overeating. De La Serre manages a lab with five graduate students and has received funding from both the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for her work. Her lab recently acquired a cohort of “germ free” rats from Europe, which will allow for more advanced research into pathways of overeating. She hopes that animals with no microbiota can be inoculated with specific microbes in order to see how their brains will react.

You can find out more about Claire de La Serre by reading the full article on UGA Today.