PhD Career Stories: Rachel Lippert, PhD
For December’s ASPIRE PhD Career Stories session we are featuring Rachel Lippert, PhD,
NeuroCure Junior Research Group Leader, Neurocircuit Development and Function, German Institute for Human Nutrition
This session will be offered via Zoom. Be sure to register in order to receive the Zoom login information
Dr. Rachel Lippert is originally from Clyde, Ohio and studied Chemistry and English at Albion College in Albion, Michigan from 2004 to 2008. During her subsequent doctoral studies at Vanderbilt University, the 35-year-old studied the function of the melanocortin-3 receptor, which is involved in maintaining a balance between food intake and energy consumption and thus a stable body weight under the direction of Drs. Roger Cone and Kate Ellacott. She successfully completed her doctoral thesis in 2014 and then moved on to Professor Jens Brüning’s Department of “Neuronal Control of Metabolism” at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research in Cologne, Germany. There, she used a mouse model to investigate how the mother’s diet affects the developing brain of her offspring, specifically focusing on the dopaminergic system. Since February of 2020, Dr. Lippert has led the department ‘Neurocircuit Development and Function’ at the German Institute for Human Nutrition as part of the NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.