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Dr Adélaïde Bernard

PhD, University of California Berkeley

Adélaïde obtained her Bachelor's degree in Biology and Master's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Liège in Belgium. It was during her Master's program that her interest in studying diabetes and the central control of energy balance developed.

She embarked on her doctoral journey in the laboratory of Professor Christian Vaisse at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF, USA). Adélaïde pursued her PhD through the Metabolic Biology PhD program, a collaborative initiative with the University of California Berkeley. Her doctoral research focused on unraveling how our brain cells perceive our energy status and influence hunger and weight gain. Specifically, she delved into the mechanisms by which the Melanocortin 4 Receptor (MC4R) regulates long-term energy homeostasis. This work led to publications in high impact journals including Nature GeneticsJournal of Clinical Investigation, and Science.

Currently, Adélaïde is as a junior postdoctoral scholar in the Molecular Metabolism and Ageing Laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. Under the guidance of Dr Yi Wang and Associate Professor Brian Drew, she continues to explore novel brain circuits that play a role in controlling long-term energy balance.

Adélaïde possesses significant experience in the management of transgenic murine colonies and conducting metabolic phenotyping on rodents. She is a certified rodent surgery instructor, specialising in stereotaxic surgery. One of Adélaïde's greatest sources of joy lies in mentoring students, guiding and supporting their scientific journeys. Amongst her favourite techniques and tasks, you can find immunofluorescence, confocal imaging and editing, and scientific illustration.

Outside of the lab, you can find her spending time with friends, traveling, taking pictures or singing, preferably all at the same time!


  • Vera Long PhD Fellowship in Obesity and Diabetes Research (2019)


  • Winner of University of California Berkeley Grad Slam; and third place at the Grad slam UC-wide finals for the presentation titled, “Hungry Unicorns: How Antennas in Your Neurons Control Appetite” (2021)
  • Endocrine Society ENDO2020 Outstanding Abstract Award for the “MRAP2 Regulates Energy Homeostasis by Promoting Primary Cilia Localization of MC4R” (2020)
  • Walter Verly Excellence Prize, Master in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Liège, Belgium (2015)

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