Celine Riera, PhD

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Celine 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
  • Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neuroscience, 2018
  • Start-Up Grant from the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation in Aging Research, 2018
  • Leon Fine Award in Translational Science , Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, 2018
  • Pathway Program Initiator Award Recipient, American Diabetes Association. Fellow transitioning to independence, 2015
  • Outstanding Postdoctoral Award, University of California, Berkeley Molecular and Cell Biology., 2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation., 2009
  • Predoctoral Fellowship Award, Nestlé Research., 2004

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Click here for a list of peer-reviewed publications.

  • Riera CE, Tsaousidou E, Halloran J, Follett P, Hahn O, Pereira MMA, Ruud LE, Alber J, Tharp K, Anderson CM, et al. The Sense of Smell Impacts Metabolic Health and Obesity. Cell Metab. 2017 Jul 5;26(1):198-211.e5.
  • Kim HE, Grant AR, Simic MS, Kohnz RA, Nomura DK, Durieux J, Riera CE, Sanchez M, Kapernick E, Wolff S, Dillin A. Lipid Biosynthesis Coordinates a Mitochondrial-to-Cytosolic Stress Response. Cell. 2016 Sep 8;166(6):1539-1552.e16.
  • Riera CE, Dillin A. Emerging Role of Sensory Perception in Aging and Metabolism. Trends Endocrinol Metab. 2016 May;27(5):294-303.
  • Riera CE, Dillin A. Can aging be 'drugged'? Nat Med. 2015 Dec;21(12):1400-1405.
  • Riera CE, Dillin A. Tipping the metabolic scales towards increased longevity in mammals. Nat Cell Biol. 2015 Mar;17(3):196-203.
  • Riera CE, Huising MO, Follett P, Leblanc M, Halloran J, Van Andel R, de Magalhaes Filho CD, Merkwirth C, Dillin A. TRPV1 pain receptors regulate longevity and metabolism by neuropeptide signaling. Cell. 2014 May 22;157(5):1023-1036.

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