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Celine E. Riera, PhD

Celine E. Riera, PhD



Celine E. Riera, PhD

Celine Riera, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Center for Neural Science and Medicine. Her research focus is on understanding the function of specific neurons of chemosensory nature in age-associated metabolic diseases. Dr. Riera's work has pioneered the exploration of sensory neurons function in metabolism, demonstrating that sensory receptors expressed in afferent nociceptor neurons originating from the dorsal root ganglia can influence the rate of metabolism during aging. Additionally, her studies evidenced that olfactory neurons drive changes in energy balance in mouse models of diet-induced obesity. Research in the lab is focused on the identification of central and peripheral sensory neural circuits regulating metabolic balance upon nutritional overload and the aging process, and identifying key molecules and genes mediating these processes.

  • Doctorate: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, 2008
  • Post Doctorate: The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 2012
  • Post Doctorate: University of California, Berkeley, 2016
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Regenerative Medicine Institute (Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute)


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