Marcelo de Oliveira Dietrich M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Neurobiology

Departments & Organizations

Interdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramComparative Medicine: Integrative Cell Signaling & Neurobiology of Metabolism (ICSNM) | Neurobiology

Research Interests

behavior; neuroendocrinology; hypothalamus; energy balance; Agrp neurons; synaptic plasticity; organelle dynamics; neurophysiology


  • M.A., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, 2003
  • M.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, 2007
  • Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, 2012

Selected Publications

  • Dietrich MO, Liu ZW, Horvath TL. Mitochondrial dynamics controlled by mitofusins regulate Agrp neuronal activity and diet-induced obesity. Cell. 2013 Sep 26;155(1):188-99. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.09.004. PubMed PMID: 24074868
  • Dietrich MO, Horvath TL. Hypothalamic control of energy balance: insights into the role of synaptic plasticity. Trends Neurosci. 2013 Feb;36(2):65-73. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2012.12.005. PubMed PMID: 23318157.
  • Dietrich MO, Horvath TL. Limitations in anti-obesity drug development: the critical role of hunger-promoting neurons. Nat Rev Drug Discov. 2012 Sep;11(9):675-91. doi: 10.1038/nrd3739. PubMed PMID: 22858652.


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