What We Do

We study the neurobiology of energy balance. Using cutting-edge approaches, we are working to understand the molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms through which the brain regulates food intake and energy expenditure. We are also developing novel technologies to better understand how the brain effects changes in behavior and physiology.


We are working to characterize the molecular composition of brainstem cell types regulating body weight, using ensemble and single-cell profiling methodologies.


Using functional approaches, such as in vivo calcium imaging and optogenetics, we are probing the function of discrete cell types throughout the brain.


Through the development and application of new viral approaches, we are working to identify polysynaptic circuits regulating feeding and thermogenesis.

Behavior & Physiology

Our lab is most interested in characterizing the brainstem cell types regulating behavioral and physiologic processes responsible for maintaining energy balance.

What We Are Publishing

Latest News

Srikanta (Srikanth) Chowdhury joins the Nectow Lab

Srikanth joins us from the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh, after recently completing his PhD in Neuroscience with Akihiro Yamanaka

Michael Hill-Oliva joins the Nectow Lab

Michael joins our lab after recently graduating from Princeton University, Class of 2020, completing a senior thesis with Danelle Devenport.

Nachi Kamatkar is awarded a postdoctoral fellowship

Nachi has recently earned a position on an NIH T32 training grant (Training in Arteriosclerosis Research). Congrats, Nachi!

Nachiket (Nachi) Kamatkar joins the Nectow Lab

Nachi joins the Nectow Lab after recently completing his PhD with Jean Hebert and Matthew Levy at Albert Einstein.

Our paper on dorsal raphe circuits is published in Cell

Our collaborative team, led by co-authors Marc Schneeberger, Luca Parolari, and Tania Das Banerjee demonstrates a key role for the

The Nectow Lab moves to Columbia University

The Nectow Lab moves to Columbia University’s Department of Medicine, from Princeton University’s Princeton Neuroscience Institute.




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