Role of Astrocytes in the Regulation of Energy Balance

Lauren received her PhD in Pharmacology & Physiology from St. Louis University. In her doctoral work, Lauren studied the neuroendocrine control of reproductive development and function under the mentorship of Drs. Willis Samson and Gina Yosten. In Dr. Hayes lab, Lauren’s her postdoctoral work is focused on the contribution of hindbrain astrocytes in energy balance control and the development of obesity. Astrocytes are the most abundant glial cells in the brain and have functionally relevant roles in the development, maintenance and plasticity of metabolic neurocircuitry. Lauren’s research is aimed at elucidating the pharmacologic and physiologic relevance of NTS astrocytes in mediating the hypophagic actions of leptin.