Riera Lab

Personal Statement

My research is focused on the discovery of neural circuits regulating metabolic balance in the context of obesity, diabetes and the aging process. My lab studies the role of central and peripheral sensory neural circuits on metabolic health and aging. Our mission is to discover novel target genes playing a fundamental role in the onset of diabetes and obesity, and design preclinical strategies to ameliorate metabolic function in mouse models of disease."


Celine Riera, PhD

  • Obesity and Type 2 diabetes: inter-individual differences in cold perception are directly associated with brown adipose tissue thermogenesis and resistance to weight gain in diet-induced obesity (image).
  • Sex-specific regulation of thermogenesis and stress.
  • Gene therapy to delay Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease in neurodegenerative models.
Meet Our Team

Learn more about the scientists, faculty members, investigators and other healthcare professionals of the Riera Laboratory, whose dedicated efforts lead to groundbreaking discoveries.

Crupi AN, Nunnelee JS, Taylor DJ, Thomas A, Vit JP, Riera CE, Gottlieb RA, Goodridge HS.

Aging (Albany NY). 2018 Nov 18;10(11):3327-3352.

Riera CE, Tsaousidou E, Halloran J, Follett P, Hahn O, Pereira MA, Engstrom Ruud L, Alber J, Tharp K, Anderson CM, et al.

Cell Metab. 2017 Jul 5;26(1):198-211.

Riera CE, Merkwirth C, de Magalhaes Filho CD, Dillin A.

Annu Rev Biochem. 2016 Jun 2;85:35-64.

Contact the Riera Lab

127 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, Suite A8305
Los Angeles, CA 90048