Are our behaviors dictated by genes or by the environment?

Nutriepigenetics: does what we eat change our behaviors?

Our lab studies the effect of sugar on the brain; our goal is to discover how the nutrient regulation of transcription leads to increased eating and obesity. Navigate around to read more about our team, research, teaching, and outreach.

Our lab is currently recruiting postdoctoral fellows to ask how diets alters sensory and reward circuits to promote obesity.

If you are fascinated by how interactions between genes and environment change behavior, consider joining us!

Latest News

Fat fruit flies: High-sugar diet deadens sweet tooth; promotes overeating, obesity in flies

The first paper from Monica’s lab was released 07 May 2019!  Titled “High Dietary Sugar Reshapes Sweet Taste to Promote Feeding Behavior in Drosophila melanogaster” graduate students Christina May and Anoumid Vaziri explore the changes in sweet taste neurons which […]

Fast Food for Thought

See Monica’s quick talk titled “Let Them Eat Cake: The Effect of Sugar on the Brain” at the 3rd Annual Fast Food for Thought at the University of Michigan (hosted by UM Sustainable Food Food and Agriculture).

NerdNite #33

50 Shades of Sweet: How Sugar Dominates the Brain We like to think we can resist life’s temptations, but ever tried saying no to a cookie? It whispers to you, it calls to you. Sugar is a powerful force: it […]

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