Scott Sternson

Title(s)Professor, Neurosciences
SchoolVc-health Sciences-schools
Address9500 Gilman Drive #
La Jolla CA 92093
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    Rockefeller UniversityPostsdoc12/2006Neurobiology, Molecular Genetics
    Harvard UniversityPh.D.5/2001Chemistry and Chemical Biology
    Bowdoin CollegeB.A.5/1996Chemistry

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    Our laboratory investigates the neural and molecular mechanisms underlying physiological need states, such as hunger and thirst. We want to understand how motivations are produced by the brain while addressing pressing public health problems of obesity, overeating, and addiction. To bridge the gap between research in model organisms and human disease, we integrate molecular technologies with system neuroscience and develop new chemogenetic technologies.

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    1. Neuroscience: Neurons that use a stress hormone increase eating. Curr Biol. 2023 12 18; 33(24):R1296-R1298. Zhu Z, Sternson SM. PMID: 38113842.
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    2. Neurobiology of eating behavior, nutrition, and health. J Intern Med. 2023 Nov; 294(5):582-604. Stover PJ, Field MS, Andermann ML, Bailey RL, Batterham RL, Cauffman E, Frühbeck G, Iversen PO, Starke-Reed P, Sternson SM, Vinoy S, Witte AV, Zuker CS, Angelin B. PMID: 37424220.
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    3. Multimodal mapping of cell types and projections in the central nucleus of the amygdala. Elife. 2023 01 20; 12. Wang Y, Krabbe S, Eddison M, Henry FE, Fleishman G, Lemire AL, Wang L, Korff W, Tillberg PW, Lüthi A, Sternson SM. PMID: 36661218; PMCID: PMC9977318.
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    4. Characterization of Ultrapotent Chemogenetic Ligands for Research Applications in Nonhuman Primates. ACS Chem Neurosci. 2022 11 02; 13(21):3118-3125. Raper J, Eldridge MAG, Sternson SM, Shim JY, Fomani GP, Richmond BJ, Wichmann T, Galvan A. PMID: 36279419; PMCID: PMC9910343.
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    5. Exercise molecule burns away hunger. Nature. 2022 06; 606(7915):655-656. Kim T, Sternson SM. PMID: 35705863.
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    6. EASI-FISH for thick tissue defines lateral hypothalamus spatio-molecular organization. Cell. 2021 12 22; 184(26):6361-6377.e24. Wang Y, Eddison M, Fleishman G, Weigert M, Xu S, Wang T, Rokicki K, Goina C, Henry FE, Lemire AL, Schmidt U, Yang H, Svoboda K, Myers EW, Saalfeld S, Korff W, Sternson SM, Tillberg PW. PMID: 34875226.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 32     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    7. Hunger or thirst state uncertainty is resolved by outcome evaluation in medial prefrontal cortex to guide decision-making. Nat Neurosci. 2021 07; 24(7):907-912. Eiselt AK, Chen S, Chen J, Arnold J, Kim T, Pachitariu M, Sternson SM. PMID: 33972802; PMCID: PMC8254795.
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    8. Behavioral state coding by molecularly defined paraventricular hypothalamic cell type ensembles. Science. 2020 10 16; 370(6514). Xu S, Yang H, Menon V, Lemire AL, Wang L, Henry FE, Turaga SC, Sternson SM. PMID: 33060330.
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    9. Exploring internal state-coding across the rodent brain. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2020 12; 65:20-26. Sternson SM. PMID: 32950827.
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    10. Hindbrain Double-Negative Feedback Mediates Palatability-Guided Food and Water Consumption. Cell. 2020 09 17; 182(6):1589-1605.e22. Gong R, Xu S, Hermundstad A, Yu Y, Sternson SM. PMID: 32841600.
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    11. Seeing the forest for the trees in obesity. Nat Metab. 2020 08; 2(8):661-662. Sternson SM. PMID: 32719539.
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    12. Chemogenetics: drug-controlled gene therapies for neural circuit disorders. Cell Gene Ther Insights. 2020 Aug; 6(7):1079-1094. Sternson SM, Bleakman D. PMID: 34422319; PMCID: PMC8376173.
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    13. Reconstruction of 1,000 Projection Neurons Reveals New Cell Types and Organization of Long-Range Connectivity in the Mouse Brain. Cell. 2019 09 19; 179(1):268-281.e13. Winnubst J, Bas E, Ferreira TA, Wu Z, Economo MN, Edson P, Arthur BJ, Bruns C, Rokicki K, Schauder D, Olbris DJ, Murphy SD, Ackerman DG, Arshadi C, Baldwin P, Blake R, Elsayed A, Hasan M, Ramirez D, Dos Santos B, Weldon M, Zafar A, Dudman JT, Gerfen CR, Hantman AW, Korff W, Sternson SM, Spruston N, Svoboda K, Chandrashekar J. PMID: 31495573; PMCID: PMC6754285.
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    14. Ultrapotent chemogenetics for research and potential clinical applications. Science. 2019 04 12; 364(6436). Magnus CJ, Lee PH, Bonaventura J, Zemla R, Gomez JL, Ramirez MH, Hu X, Galvan A, Basu J, Michaelides M, Sternson SM. PMID: 30872534; PMCID: PMC7252514.
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    15. Chemogenetic Tools for Causal Cellular and Neuronal Biology. Physiol Rev. 2018 01 01; 98(1):391-418. Atasoy D, Sternson SM. PMID: 29351511; PMCID: PMC5866359.
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    16. Raphe Circuits on the Menu. Cell. 2017 07 27; 170(3):409-410. Yang H, Sternson SM. PMID: 28753420.
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    17. Three Pillars for the Neural Control of Appetite. Annu Rev Physiol. 2017 02 10; 79:401-423. Sternson SM, Eiselt AK. PMID: 27912679.
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    18. Near-Perfect Synaptic Integration by Nav1.7 in Hypothalamic Neurons Regulates Body Weight. Cell. 2016 Jun 16; 165(7):1749-1761. Branco T, Tozer A, Magnus CJ, Sugino K, Tanaka S, Lee AK, Wood JN, Sternson SM. PMID: 27315482; PMCID: PMC4912688.
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    19. An Emerging Technology Framework for the Neurobiology of Appetite. Cell Metab. 2016 Feb 09; 23(2):234-53. Sternson SM, Atasoy D, Betley JN, Henry FE, Xu S. PMID: 26724860.
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    20. Applying the Brakes: When to Stop Eating. Neuron. 2015 Nov 04; 88(3):440-1. Betley JN, Sternson SM. PMID: 26539885.
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    21. Hunger: The carrot and the stick. Mol Metab. 2016 Jan; 5(1):1-2. Sternson SM. PMID: 26844201; PMCID: PMC4703830.
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    22. Cell type-specific pharmacology of NMDA receptors using masked MK801. Elife. 2015 Sep 11; 4. Yang Y, Lee P, Sternson SM. PMID: 26359633; PMCID: PMC4594264.
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    23. Cell type-specific transcriptomics of hypothalamic energy-sensing neuron responses to weight-loss. Elife. 2015 Sep 02; 4. Henry FE, Sugino K, Tozer A, Branco T, Sternson SM. PMID: 26329458; PMCID: PMC4595745.
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    24. Optogenetics: 10 years after ChR2 in neurons--views from the community. Nat Neurosci. 2015 Sep; 18(9):1202-12. Adamantidis A, Arber S, Bains JS, Bamberg E, Bonci A, Buzsáki G, Cardin JA, Costa RM, Dan Y, Goda Y, Graybiel AM, Häusser M, Hegemann P, Huguenard JR, Insel TR, Janak PH, Johnston D, Josselyn SA, Koch C, Kreitzer AC, Lüscher C, Malenka RC, Miesenböck G, Nagel G, Roska B, Schnitzer MJ, Shenoy KV, Soltesz I, Sternson SM, Tsien RW, Tsien RY, Turrigiano GG, Tye KM, Wilson RI. PMID: 26308981.
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    25. Neurons for hunger and thirst transmit a negative-valence teaching signal. Nature. 2015 May 14; 521(7551):180-185. Betley JN, Xu S, Cao ZFH, Gong R, Magnus CJ, Yu Y, Sternson SM. PMID: 25915020; PMCID: PMC4567040.
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    26. Leptin mediates the increase in blood pressure associated with obesity. Cell. 2014 Dec 04; 159(6):1404-16. Simonds SE, Pryor JT, Ravussin E, Greenway FL, Dileone R, Allen AM, Bassi J, Elmquist JK, Keogh JM, Henning E, Myers MG, Licinio J, Brown RD, Enriori PJ, O'Rahilly S, Sternson SM, Grove KL, Spanswick DC, Farooqi IS, Cowley MA. PMID: 25480301; PMCID: PMC4259491.
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    27. Agouti-related protein neuron circuits that regulate appetite. Neuroendocrinology. 2014; 100(2-3):95-102. Sternson SM, Atasoy D. PMID: 25402352.
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    28. A genetically specified connectomics approach applied to long-range feeding regulatory circuits. Nat Neurosci. 2014 Dec; 17(12):1830-9. Atasoy D, Betley JN, Li WP, Su HH, Sertel SM, Scheffer LK, Simpson JH, Fetter RD, Sternson SM. PMID: 25362474; PMCID: PMC4292906.
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    29. Chemogenetic tools to interrogate brain functions. Annu Rev Neurosci. 2014; 37:387-407. Sternson SM, Roth BL. PMID: 25002280.
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    30. Chemogenetic synaptic silencing of neural circuits localizes a hypothalamus→midbrain pathway for feeding behavior. Neuron. 2014 May 21; 82(4):797-808. Stachniak TJ, Ghosh A, Sternson SM. PMID: 24768300; PMCID: PMC4306349.
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    31. Parallel, redundant circuit organization for homeostatic control of feeding behavior. Cell. 2013 Dec 05; 155(6):1337-50. Betley JN, Cao ZF, Ritola KD, Sternson SM. PMID: 24315102; PMCID: PMC3970718.
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    32. Neural circuits and motivational processes for hunger. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2013 Jun; 23(3):353-60. Sternson SM, Nicholas Betley J, Cao ZF. PMID: 23648085; PMCID: PMC3948161.
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    33. Hypothalamic survival circuits: blueprints for purposive behaviors. Neuron. 2013 Mar 06; 77(5):810-24. Sternson SM. PMID: 23473313; PMCID: PMC4306350.
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    34. Deconstruction of a neural circuit for hunger. Nature. 2012 Aug 09; 488(7410):172-7. Atasoy D, Betley JN, Su HH, Sternson SM. PMID: 22801496; PMCID: PMC3416931.
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    35. Selective esterase-ester pair for targeting small molecules with cellular specificity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Mar 27; 109(13):4756-61. Tian L, Yang Y, Wysocki LM, Arnold AC, Hu A, Ravichandran B, Sternson SM, Looger LL, Lavis LD. PMID: 22411832; PMCID: PMC3323987.
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    36. Neuron transplantation partially reverses an obesity disorder in mice. Cell Metab. 2012 Feb 08; 15(2):133-4. Sternson SM. PMID: 22326215.
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    37. Regulation of neuronal input transformations by tunable dendritic inhibition. Nat Neurosci. 2012 Jan 15; 15(3):423-30, S1-3. Lovett-Barron M, Turi GF, Kaifosh P, Lee PH, Bolze F, Sun XH, Nicoud JF, Zemelman BV, Sternson SM, Losonczy A. PMID: 22246433.
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    38. Hunger states switch a flip-flop memory circuit via a synaptic AMPK-dependent positive feedback loop. Cell. 2011 Sep 16; 146(6):992-1003. Yang Y, Atasoy D, Su HH, Sternson SM. PMID: 21925320; PMCID: PMC3209501.
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    39. Metabolism: Let them eat fat. Nature. 2011 Sep 07; 477(7363):166-7. Sternson SM. PMID: 21901003.
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    40. Chemical and genetic engineering of selective ion channel-ligand interactions. Science. 2011 Sep 02; 333(6047):1292-6. Magnus CJ, Lee PH, Atasoy D, Su HH, Looger LL, Sternson SM. PMID: 21885782; PMCID: PMC3210548.
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    41. Adeno-associated viral vectors for mapping, monitoring, and manipulating neural circuits. Hum Gene Ther. 2011 Jun; 22(6):669-77. Betley JN, Sternson SM. PMID: 21319997; PMCID: PMC3107581.
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    42. Automatic reconstruction of 3D neuron structures using a graph-augmented deformable model. Bioinformatics. 2010 Jun 15; 26(12):i38-46. Peng H, Ruan Z, Atasoy D, Sternson S. PMID: 20529931; PMCID: PMC2881396.
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    43. AGRP neurons are sufficient to orchestrate feeding behavior rapidly and without training. Nat Neurosci. 2011 Mar; 14(3):351-5. Aponte Y, Atasoy D, Sternson SM. PMID: 21209617; PMCID: PMC3049940.
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    44. Leptin targets in the mouse brain. J Comp Neurol. 2009 Jun 10; 514(5):518-32. Scott MM, Lachey JL, Sternson SM, Lee CE, Elias CF, Friedman JM, Elmquist JK. PMID: 19350671; PMCID: PMC2710238.
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    45. The subcellular organization of neocortical excitatory connections. Nature. 2009 Feb 26; 457(7233):1142-5. Petreanu L, Mao T, Sternson SM, Svoboda K. PMID: 19151697; PMCID: PMC2745650.
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    46. A FLEX switch targets Channelrhodopsin-2 to multiple cell types for imaging and long-range circuit mapping. J Neurosci. 2008 Jul 09; 28(28):7025-30. Atasoy D, Aponte Y, Su HH, Sternson SM. PMID: 18614669; PMCID: PMC2593125.
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    47. Topographic mapping of VMH --> arcuate nucleus microcircuits and their reorganization by fasting. Nat Neurosci. 2005 Oct; 8(10):1356-63. Sternson SM, Shepherd GM, Friedman JM. PMID: 16172601.
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    48. Modular synthesis and preliminary biological evaluation of stereochemically diverse 1,3-dioxanes. Chem Biol. 2004 Sep; 11(9):1279-91. Wong JC, Sternson SM, Louca JB, Hong R, Schreiber SL. PMID: 15380188.
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    49. Dissecting glucose signalling with diversity-oriented synthesis and small-molecule microarrays. Nature. 2002 Apr 11; 416(6881):653-7. Kuruvilla FG, Shamji AF, Sternson SM, Hergenrother PJ, Schreiber SL. PMID: 11948353.
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    50. Synthesis of 7200 small molecules based on a substructural analysis of the histone deacetylase inhibitors trichostatin and trapoxin. Org Lett. 2001 Dec 27; 3(26):4239-42. Sternson SM, Wong JC, Grozinger CM, Schreiber SL. PMID: 11784187.
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    51. Split--pool synthesis of 1,3-dioxanes leading to arrayed stock solutions of single compounds sufficient for multiple phenotypic and protein-binding assays. J Am Chem Soc. 2001 Feb 28; 123(8):1740-7. Sternson SM, Louca JB, Wong JC, Schreiber SL. PMID: 11456775.
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