Alexandra DiFeliceantonio, PhD
Assistant Professor, HNFE and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
Graduate Program Faculty
Studies how the brain integrates peripheral signals to guide food motivation, choice, and eating behavior using neuroimaging (fMRI) and metabolic measures.
Dr. DiFeliceantonio is an appetitive neuroscience researcher focused on understanding the circuitry underlying both normal and aberrant motivational processes with a focus on diet and food motivation. During her graduate work with Kent Berridge at the University of Michigan, she worked on the role of opioids in animal models of intense motivation. Her post-doctoral training in using fMRI techniques to study food motivation was performed in the laboratories of Dana Small at Yale University and Marc Titgemeyer at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research. There she used both PET and fMRI techniques to look at the role of post-ingestive dopamine signaling in food reward and reinforcement. In September of 2019, she started her own laboratory that will use multimodal imaging and metabolic measures to study how the brain integrates peripheral signals to guide food motivation, choice, and eating behavior in humans.
2013, PhD, Biopsychology, University of Michigan
2010, MS, Psychology, University of Michigan
2008, BS, Psychology and Spanish, Sweet Briar College
Yale University: Associate Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry
Icahn School of Medicine: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurosciences
Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research: Postdoctoral Fellow, Translational Neurocircuitry