Allan-Hermann Pool is a Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience at UCB, where he seeks to understand how brains represent such biological drives as hunger and thirst, and how these brain-based systems influence feeding behavior. Scientists have now identified the molecular signaling pathways and cell populations that regulate food consumption; however, we still know little about how different signaling systems are integrated by circuits in the central nervous system, and how activity in these circuits alters feeding behavior. These are the questions that Allan-Hermann is addressing in research on fruit flies, which are structurally distinct from mammals and have brains 1,000 times smaller, but which resemble mammals in molecular feeding regulation. This work is expected to contribute to a deeper understanding of mammalian feeding behavior, ultimately including human eating behavior and disorders.
A native of Estonia, Allan-Hermann received a Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Tallinn University of Technology, and a Master’s degree in neurobiology from Kuopio University in Finland. He is a champion debater, and enjoys surfing and soccer