Our research is focused on three related topics: the control of hunger, thirst, and body temperature. A general principle emerging from our recent work has been the discovery that homeostatic circuits – long thought to function primarily by reacting to physiologic imbalances – instead utilize sensory cues to anticipate those physiologic changes and then adjust behavior preemptively. An ongoing interest of the lab is to understand how homeostatic circuits integrate sensory information from the outside world with internal signals arising from the body in order to generate and shape goal-directed behaviors.
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Zachary Knight earned his B.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Chemical Biology from UCSF. Following postdoctoral training at Rockefeller University, Dr. Knight joined the Department of Physiology as an Assistant Professor.
Dr. Knight is a Robertson Neuroscience Investigator of the New York Stem Cell Foundation. His work has been recognized by awards from the Sloan, McKnight, Rita Allen, Klingenstein, and Brain and Behavior Research Foundations, as well as NIH New Innovator and Pathway to Independence Awards. Most recently, Dr. Knight received a Pathway Award from the American Diabetes Association and the Helmholtz Young Investigator in Diabetes Award.
Brooke Jarvie, Postdoc
Claire Gizowski, Postdoc
Shenliang Yu, Postdoc
Tara Aitken, Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program
James Grove, Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program
Truong Ly, Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program
Zhengya Liu, Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program
Jun (Joseph) Oh, Medical Student, UCSF School of Medicine
Nilla Sivakumar, Specialist
Laura Wise, Adminstrative Assistant