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Dr. Auriel A Willette

Dr. Auriel A Willette

  • Assistant Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences (Courtesy)
  • Department of Psychology (Courtesy)
Dr. Willette's laboratory examines the impact of obesity on the structure and function of the human brain. His main foci are metabolic dysfunction, such as insulin resistance, and chronic neuroinflammation. Archival and directly acquired primary data are used. Imaging techniques include volumetrics, FLAIR, DTI microstructure and tractography, MRS, task and resting state fMRI, ASL, FDG-PET, PiB-PET, AV45-PET. Non-imaging techniques include neuropsychological tests and questionnaires of cognition and affect/emotion, and body composition imaging, as well as ELISA, RIA, and mass spectrometry to associate biomarkers with neuroimaging and behavioral outcomes. Collaborations on animal models include diabetic dogs and rodents.

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224d Mackay
2302 Osborn Dr.
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  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Psychoneuroimmunology, 2010
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biological Psychology, 2006
  • B.A., Oberlin College, Neuroscience, Psychology, Cognitive Science, 2002


  • National Institute on Aging

Interdepartmental Programs

  • Neuroscience Graduate Program