Dr Antonio Gonzalez Sanchez

Dr Antonio Gonzalez Sanchez
MSc, PhD


I am currently accepting PhDs in Biomedical Sciences.

Dr Antonio Gonzalez Sanchez
Dr Antonio Gonzalez Sanchez

Contact Details


  • 2018–present: Lecturer, The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen
  • 2015–2018: Principal Laboratory Research Scientist, The Francis Crick Institute, London
  • 2012–2015: Senior Investigator Scientist, National Institute for Medical Research, London
  • 2010–2012: Marie-Curie Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin
  • 2007–2010: Research Associate, Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge
  • 2005–2007: Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
  • 2005: PhD, St John's College, Cambridge; Department of Anatomy, University of Cambridge
  • 2001: MSc (Biochemistry), Institute of Biotechnology, National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • 1997: Medicine, Universidad LaSalle, Mexico City

Research Areas

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Research Overview

My overall interest is the study of how the brain predicts and controls changes in metabolism in the body, and in particular how food intake is regulated.

My work revolves around these topics:

  • Appetite and body weight control.
  • Study of brain networks responsible for regulation of body metabolism, with a focus on hypothalamic networks.
  • The role of brain glucose sensors: physiology and pharmacology of brain mechanisms that detect fluctuations in sugar.


The hypothalamus in the brain plays a critical role in assessing the nutritional status of the organism and controlling metabolism accordingly. Food intake, for example, is a complex behaviour that is essentially regulated by the hypothalamus, as are other related functions such as peripheral metabolism, body temperature, etc.

Within the hypothalamus, a group of cells have the ability to detect local fluctuations in sugar. It is believed that this ability allows the brain to sense changes in sugar in the body and react accordingly by, for example, promoting food intake when blood sugar is too low. I study the cellular mechanisms utilised by brain sugar sensors to perform this job. Moreover, I am interested in investigating how these sugar sensors operate within the brain, how they communicate with other brain regions, and what their role is as part of the wider brain circuitry that controls appetite and body weight.


Teaching Responsibilities

I teach various neuroscience-related topics at undergraduate and postgraduate level:

  • Ion channels (Molecular Pharmacology, PA4005)
  • Patch clamp (Biomedical Science, BM4004)
  • Genetic tools to study neural circuits (Develpmental Neuroscience, PY4302/AN4301)
  • The hypothalamus (Neuroscience Research Topics, BM3804)
  • Neuronal glucose sensing (MSc Diabetes and Metabolism, BM5502)

I addition, I have supervisory roles for undergraduates (tutorials, Honours projects) and the MSc in Human Nutrition.



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