Chris Zimmerman

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. I study the neural mechanisms that govern motivated behaviors. My graduate research focused on thirst and drinking behavior. You can find my CV here and read coverage of my work here.

Current: Postdoctoral fellow in Ilana Witten’s lab at Princeton, 2019–Present
Former: Graduate student in Zachary Knight’s lab at UCSF, 2013–2019

— Zimmerman CA. The origins of thirst. Science 370, 45⁠–⁠46, 2020. [html] [pdf] [press release]
— Zimmerman CA, Knight ZA. Layers of signals that regulate appetite. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 64, 79⁠–⁠88, 2020. [html] [pdf]
— Zimmerman CA, Huey EL, Ahn JS, Beutler LR, Tan CL, Kosar S, Bai L, Chen Y, Corpuz TV, Madisen L, Zeng H, Knight ZA. A gut-to-brain signal of fluid osmolarity controls thirst satiation. Nature 568, 98⁠–⁠102, 2019. [html] [pdf] [press release]
— Leib DE*, Zimmerman CA*, Poormoghaddam A, Huey EL, Ahn JS, Lin YC, Tan CL, Chen Y, Knight ZA. The forebrain thirst circuit drives drinking through negative reinforcement. Neuron 96, 1272⁠–⁠1281, 2017. *Equal contributions [html] [pdf]
— Zimmerman CA, Leib DE, Knight ZA. Neural circuits underlying thirst and fluid homeostasis. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 18, 459⁠–⁠469, 2017. [html] [pdf]
— Zimmerman CA, Lin YC, Leib DE, Guo L, Huey EL, Daly GE, Chen Y, Knight ZA. Thirst neurons anticipate the homeostatic consequences of eating and drinking. Nature 537, 680⁠–⁠684, 2016. [html] [pdf] [press release]
— Complete list: Google Scholar, PubMed

Email: czimmerman@princeton.edu
Office: Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Room 176D