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Sept. 27

Greenberg Early-Career Investigator Lecture Set

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Dr. Akhila Rajan

Dr. Akhila Rajan, associate professor at Fred Hutch Cancer Center in Seattle, will present the Judith H. Greenberg Early-Career Investigator Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m., in person at the main NIH campus in Bldg. 31, 6C Rm. A&B, and virtually via Zoom. The lecture is open to everyone in the scientific community.

During her talk, titled “Lard of the Flies: Investigating How Fat Cells Communicate with the Brain,” Rajan will describe her research using fruit flies to investigate how fat cells control brain function, including how fat-sensing neural circuits maintain body weight and how high-sugar diets disrupt feeding behavior and response to injury in nerve cells.

After a 30-minute lecture, Rajan will answer questions about her research and career path. 

This annual series highlights the achievements of early-career grantees of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). It is designed to introduce students and other early-career scientists to cutting-edge research and to inspire them to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences. 

Established in 2016, the series honors former NIGMS deputy director Greenberg, who retired​ in 2020 after 45 years of service to NIH. 

For details and registration information, visit https://go.nih.gov/nMDyEyp. Participants requiring sign language interpretation and/or other reasonable accommodation should submit a request at https://go.nih.gov/8GRc1Im at least 5 days prior to the event.

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