Lab News

November 2023

November 18: You can't control your sensation of hunger but you may be able to determine your eating behavior since our brain has two separate systems with connections to deal with hunger sensing and food motivation.

1. The science of energy balance: FSU neuroscientist finds cluster of dopamine neurons drives eating behaviors.

2. Zona incerta dopamine neurons encode motivational vigor in food seeking.

October 2023

October 18: Congratulations to Qiying and Jeremiah for our paper being accepted by Science Advances for publication. 

December 2022

December 30: Our lab is officially awarded by NIDDK with a new R01 grant starting from January 1, 2023. We are excited to share the news and start to recruit two postdoc researchers to work on this project as soon as possible.  If interested, please send an email to Dr. Xiaobing Zhang ( for the details.


December 1: This semester is wrapped up by our last lab meeting for this year. We look forward to a brand-new 2023.


November 2022

November 18: Qiying presented her work successfully during her first in-person SFN conference as a graduate student in the lab.


November 3: Our paper Raphe serotonin projections dynamically regulate feeding behavior through targeting inhibitory circuits from rostral zona incerta to paraventricular thalamus published online in Molecular Metabolism


April 2022

Congratulations to Qiying and Jeremiah for their paper Oxytocin receptor-expressing neurons in the paraventricular thalamus regulate feeding motivation through excitatory projections to the nucleus accumbens core published online in The Journal of Neuroscience


February 2022

Dr. Xiaobing Zhang is invited to be a guest editor for a special issue about "Advances in Paraventricular Thalamic Nucleus" in the journal Brain Sciences. If you would like to contribute to this issue, please submit your manuscript about your study related to this topic to the journal.


December 2021

A new project is funded by NIDDK for a 5-year period to study novel serotonin transmissions in the regulation of feeding motivation and food intake.


September 2021

Congratulations to Qiying for her first author paper Serotonin activates paraventricular thalamic neurons through direct depolarization and indirect disinhibition from Zona Incerta published in The Journal of Physiology