PhD Position in Interplay between white and brown fat tissue and brain structure and function

The researchers in the DFG-funded Graduiertenkolleg 1957 study the effects of adipose tissue hormones on CNS function and in turn, the control of adipose tissue physiology by the brain. We are looking for highly motivated candidates for the PhD project (see title).
Tentative start: May 2020. Earlier start date could be discussed with the PIs in the interview.

Activities and responsibilities

Project Description:

White (WAT) and brown adipose tissue (BAT) serve distinct functions in mammals including humans. Previous studies have shown that body weight is related to brain structure and function. Using multimodal neuroimaging of the brain including resting state fMRI, whole body MRI to examine the extent and distribution of white and brown Extent and distribution of WAT and BAT is related to distinct variations in brain structure and function in particular in reward-related and homeostatic brain areas. Using state of the art analyses including machine learning techniques based on these data sets we will try to disentangle the role of WAT/BAT for brain structure and function.

Experimental Methods:
  • Whole body structural MRI
  • Structural MRI of the brain (DTI, VBM, Cortical Thickness)
  • Resting State fMRI
  • Machine Learning, Support Vector Machines
  • Metabolic profiling

Qualification profile

  • Research-based master's degree or equivalent (e.g. diploma) passed with an excellent grade in biology, biochemistry, molecular life science, neuroscience, nutrition & biomedicine, pharmacology or a related subject
  • Excellent English language skills in speaking and writing
  • Pro-active attitude, good communication skills and ability to work independently in an interdisciplinary team

Send application to

GRK1957 Office, chaoqun.jiang(at)

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Über University of Lübeck

Welcome at the GRK1957 "Adipocyte-Brain Crosstalk"Our DFG funded  Graduiertenkolleg 1957  offers focused research projects and a structured training programme. In an interdisciplinary research approach we address the effects of hormones derived from adipose tissue (adipokines) on CNS function and, in turn, the control of adipose tissue and body weight by the brain. ...
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