Gina Marie Leinninger, PHD

Assistant Professor
Michigan State University
Physiology

Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Gina M. Leinninger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, Michigan, where she is also a member of the Molecular Metabolism and Disease (MMD) Program and the Neuroscience Program. Dr. Leinninger received her doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She then completed her postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. Martin Myers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, focusing on the role of leptin regulation of the lateral hypothalamic area (LHA). Dr. Leinninger joined the faculty at MSU in June of 2012. Her laboratory investigates how discrete populations of LHA neurons detect metabolic stimuli and accordingly promote motivated behaviors to regulate energy balance. In particular, she is characterizing the neurophysiologic roles of LHA neurons containing neurotensin as well as leptin-responsive LHA neurons that modulate the mesolimbic dopamine system.
Papers:
S47 Food Addiction
S47-2 Neurotensin and Regulation of Eating Behavior