Metabolic Regulation of Neural Functions
Kaveh Ashrafi, PhD, holds the Jack D. and Deloris Lange Endowed Chair in Systems Physiology and is a professor in the department of Physiology and a member of the UCSF Diabetes Center and the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute. His primary research interests include genetic and environmental bases of fat regulation and the intersection of metabolic pathways and neural functions related to feeding behavior and learning. He leads a team that uses a combination of genetics, molecular biology, and pharmacology to approach these questions, primarily in C. elegans. He is a member of UCSF Tetrad, BMS, CCB, and Neuroscience graduate programs and teaches in variety of courses in UCSF Graduate Division, School of Medicine, and School of Dentistry.
Dr. Ashrafi received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Virginia Tech, PhD training in molecular cell biology and biochemistry at Washington University School of Medicine and conducted his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.