Research Funding

  • June 1, 2016 - July 31, 2026 - Obesity in Ciliopathies: How Neuronal Primary Cilia Control Appetite , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01DK106404
  • February 15, 2002 - August 31, 2025 - The Melanocortin-4 Receptor in Human Obesity , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01DK060540
  • August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2025 - UCSF Nutrition Obesity Research Center , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: P30DK098722
  • July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2025 - From Obesity GWAS to therapeutic targets , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01DK124769


University of Paris XI, MD, 1983-88, Medicine
University of Paris XI, PhD, 1988-91, Molecular Endocrinology

Honors & Awards

  • 1995
    ALFEDIAM/NOVO-NORDISK-Post-doctoral research award
  • 1996
    Philippe Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Award
  • 1998
    INSERM-CR1 tenure
  • 1999-00
    Served as an expert on genetics of childhood obesity on an Advisory Committee to the French government entitled "Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents, Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment"
  • 2000
    American Diabetes Association-Career Development Award
  • 2000
    North American Association for the Study of Obesity-Pilot Study Award
  • 2002
    Greenberg Young Investigator Award in Cardiovascular Genetics

Selected Publications

  1. Terry TT, Gigante ED, Alexandre CM, Brewer KM, Engle SE, Yue X, Berbari NF, Vaisse C, Caspary T. Ciliary ARL13B prevents obesity in mice. bioRxiv. 2023 Aug 04.  View on PubMed
  2. Brewer KM, Engle SE, Bansal R, Brewer KK, Jasso KR, McIntyre JC, Vaisse C, Reiter JF, Berbari NF. Physiological Condition-Dependent Changes in Ciliary GPCR Localization in the Brain. eNeuro. 2023 03; 10(3).  View on PubMed
  3. Bernard A, Ojeda Naharros I, Yue X, Mifsud F, Blake A, Bourgain-Guglielmetti F, Ciprin J, Zhang S, McDaid E, Kim K, Nachury MV, Reiter JF, Vaisse C. MRAP2 regulates energy homeostasis by promoting primary cilia localization of MC4R. JCI Insight. 2023 Jan 24; 8(2).  View on PubMed
  4. Jiang Z, Elsarrag SZ, Duan Q, LaGory EL, Wang Z, Alexanian M, McMahon S, Rulifson IC, Winchester S, Wang Y, Vaisse C, Brown JD, Quattrocelli M, Lin CY, Haldar SM. KLF15 cistromes reveal a hepatocyte pathway governing plasma corticosteroid transport and systemic inflammation. Sci Adv. 2022 Mar 11; 8(10):eabj2917.  View on PubMed
  5. Wang Y, Bernard A, Comblain F, Yue X, Paillart C, Zhang S, Reiter JF, Vaisse C. Melanocortin 4 receptor signals at the neuronal primary cilium to control food intake and body weight. J Clin Invest. 2021 05 03; 131(9).  View on PubMed
  6. Adelaide A Bernard, Irene Ojeda Naharros, Florence Bourgain Guglielmetti, Xinyu Yue, Christian Vaisse. OR04-01 MRAP2 Regulates Energy Homeostasis by Promoting Primary Cilia Localization of MC4R. Journal of the Endocrine Society. 2020 May 8; 4(Supplement_1):or04-01-.  View on PubMed
  7. Ng BK, Sommer MJ, Wong MC, Pagano I, Nie Y, Fan B, Kennedy S, Bourgeois B, Kelly N, Liu YE, Hwaung P, Garber AK, Chow D, Vaisse C, Curless B, Heymsfield SB, Shepherd JA. Detailed 3-dimensional body shape features predict body composition, blood metabolites, and functional strength: the Shape Up! studies. Am J Clin Nutr. 2019 12 01; 110(6):1316-1326.  View on PubMed
  8. Matharu N, Rattanasopha S, Tamura S, Maliskova L, Wang Y, Bernard A, Hardin A, Eckalbar WL, Vaisse C, Ahituv N. CRISPR-mediated activation of a promoter or enhancer rescues obesity caused by haploinsufficiency. . 2019 Sep 12.  View on PubMed
  9. Inoue F, Eckalbar WL, Wang Y, Murphy KK, Matharu N, Vaisse C, Ahituv N. Genomic and epigenomic mapping of leptin-responsive neuronal populations involved in body weight regulation. Nat Metab. 2019 04; 1(4):475-484.  View on PubMed
  10. Matharu N, Rattanasopha S, Tamura S, Maliskova L, Wang Y, Bernard A, Hardin A, Eckalbar WL, Vaisse C, Ahituv N. CRISPR-mediated activation of a promoter or enhancer rescues obesity caused by haploinsufficiency. Science. 2019 01 18; 363(6424).  View on PubMed
  11. Siljee JE, Wang Y, Bernard AA, Ersoy BA, Zhang S, Marley A, Von Zastrow M, Reiter JF, Vaisse C. Subcellular localization of MC4R with ADCY3 at neuronal primary cilia underlies a common pathway for genetic predisposition to obesity. Nat Genet. 2018 02; 50(2):180-185.  View on PubMed
  12. Vaisse C, Reiter JF, Berbari NF. Cilia and Obesity. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 2017 Jul 05; 9(7).  View on PubMed
  13. Yulyaningsih E, Rudenko IA, Valdearcos M, Dahlén E, Vagena E, Chan A, Alvarez-Buylla A, Vaisse C, Koliwad SK, Xu AW. Acute Lesioning and Rapid Repair of Hypothalamic Neurons outside the Blood-Brain Barrier. Cell Rep. 2017 06 13; 19(11):2257-2271.  View on PubMed
  14. Mishra S, Harris TB, Hsueh WC, Hue T, Leak TS, Li R, Mehta M, Vaisse C, Sahyoun NR. The Association of Serum Leptin with Mortality in Older Adults. PLoS One. 2015; 10(10):e0140763.  View on PubMed
  15. Evans DS, Calton MA, Kim MJ, Kwok PY, Miljkovic I, Harris T, Koster A, Liu Y, Tranah GJ, Ahituv N, Hsueh WC, Vaisse C. Genetic association study of adiposity and melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) common variants: replication and functional characterization of non-coding regions. PLoS One. 2014; 9(5):e96805.  View on PubMed
  16. Heymsfield SB, Avena NM, Baier L, Brantley P, Bray GA, Burnett LC, Butler MG, Driscoll DJ, Egli D, Elmquist J, Forster JL, Goldstone AP, Gourash LM, Greenway FL, Han JC, Kane JG, Leibel RL, Loos RJ, Scheimann AO, Roth CL, Seeley RJ, Sheffield V, Tauber M, Vaisse C, Wang L, Waterland RA, Wevrick R, Yanovski JA, Zinn AR. Hyperphagia: current concepts and future directions proceedings of the 2nd international conference on hyperphagia. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Feb; 22 Suppl 1:S1-S17.  View on PubMed
  17. Kim MJ, Oksenberg N, Hoffmann TJ, Vaisse C, Ahituv N. Functional characterization of SIM1-associated enhancers. Hum Mol Genet. 2014 Apr 01; 23(7):1700-8.  View on PubMed
  18. Aslan IR, Ranadive SA, Valle I, Kollipara S, Noble JA, Vaisse C. The melanocortin system and insulin resistance in humans: insights from a patient with complete POMC deficiency and type 1 diabetes mellitus. Int J Obes (Lond). 2014 Jan; 38(1):148-51.  View on PubMed
  19. Ersoy BA, Pardo L, Zhang S, Thompson DA, Millhauser G, Govaerts C, Vaisse C. Mechanism of N-terminal modulation of activity at the melanocortin-4 receptor GPCR. Nat Chem Biol. 2012 Aug; 8(8):725-30.  View on PubMed
  20. Aslan IR, Campos GM, Calton MA, Evans DS, Merriman RB, Vaisse C. Weight loss after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in obese patients heterozygous for MC4R mutations. Obes Surg. 2011 Jul; 21(7):930-4.  View on PubMed

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