Carlos Campos, PhD
- Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition
- Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition Website: : http://depts.washington.edu/metab/
Carlos Campos received his PhD in Neuroscience from Washington State University in 2014, where he studied gastrointestinal mechanisms of appetite control with Dr. Robert Ritter. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Drs. Richard Palmiter and Michael Schwartz at the University of Washington, using mouse molecular genetics and neuroscience techniques to probe the function of visceral sensory pathways in feeding behavior, learning, and memory. Dr. Campos was recruited by the Department of Medicine and appointed to Assistant Professor in 2019.
The Campos Lab is an interdisciplinary research team devoted to investigating viscerosensory contributions to emotion, focusing on gut-brain sensory pathways that influence food intake. These studies utilize leading neuroscience tools for recording and controlling activity of genetically specified neurons within the brain of awake behaving animals. Furthermore, we are developing transgenic and wireless electronic technologies that permit control of peripheral nerve activity in distinct organs. When combined with studies in the brain, we hope that this approach will continue to provide unforeseen opportunities for a holistic understanding of biological systems underlying physiology and behavior.
How can this research help people with diabetes?
Obesity has grown into a global epidemic over the past several decades. Comorbidities include type 2 diabetes, making the increased prevalence of obesity a major health crisis. At the most basic level, obesity is caused by food intake being greater than energy expenditure, thus neural pathways controlling feeding behavior are attractive therapeutic targets. Understanding the neural mechanisms by which appetite is controlled is important for developing therapies that promote weight loss without negative side effects, such as nausea.