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Emily E. Noble

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Foods and Nutrition

Assistant Professor

129 Barrow Hall
115 DW Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


Curriculum Vitae


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
PhD Nutrition University of Minnesota 2014
MS Nutrition University of Minnesota 2010
BA Natural Science Hampshire College 2001


Dr. Noble's research uses animal models to investigate how the brain controls feeding behavior, physical activity, and energy expenditure. Dr. Noble also investigates the mechanisms by which diet and exercise affect the brain and cognitive function. Visit the Nutritional Neuroscience Laboratory or noblelab-uga.com/ to learn more.


FDNS 2100: Human Nutrition and Food

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
University of Southern California Postdoctoral Researcher 4
University of California, Los Angeles Postdoctoral Researcher 1


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Rolls-Simons Travel Award The Obesity Society 2019
Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award The Obesity Society 2017
Early Career Grant Challenge Award The Obesity Society 2017
Harry R. Kissileff Award for best oral presentation The Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior 2017
Oral presentation award (2nd place) The Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute 2017
Young Investigator Travel Award Winter Conference on Brain Research 2017
New Investigator Travel Award Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior 2016
WISE Travel Award Women in Science and Engineering, USC 2015


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior Public Communications Committee 2019
The Obesity Society Abstract review 2017-2019
Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Centers grant program Reviewer 2019
Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior New Investigator Advisory Board 2018-2019

Current Research

Current research topics in include:

The melanin concentrating hormone system and food impulsivity 

Brain glycogen and body weight regulation

Diet, the gut microbiome, and neurocognitive function

Journal Articles

Suarez A., Noble EE., Kanoski S. “Regulation of memory by feeding-relevant biological systems: following the breadcrumbs to the hippocampus” Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience 2019; 12:101.

Ying Z., Byun H., Meng Q., Noble EE., Zhang G., Yang X., Gomez-Pinilla F. “The biglycan gene connects metabolic dysfunction with brain disorder” Biochim Biophys Acta. 2018 

Noble EE., Hahn JD., Konanur VR., Hsu TM., Page SJ., Cortella AM., Liu CM., Song MY., Suarez AN., Szujewski CC., Rider D., Clarke JE., Darvas M., Appleyard SM., Kanoski, SE. “Control of feeding behavior by cerebral ventricular volume transmission of melanin-concentrating hormone.” Cell Metabolism 2018; PMID 29861386. *Featured on the cover

Suarez AN., Hsu TM., Liu CM., Noble EE., Cortella AM., Nakamoto EM., Hahn JD., de Lartigue G., Kanoski SE. “Gut vagal sensory signaling regulates hippocampus function through multisynaptic pathways.” Nature Communications 2018; PMID 29872139.

Hsu TM., Noble EE., Reiner DJ., Liu CM., Suarez AN., Konanur VR., Hayes MR., Kanoski SE. “Hippocampus ghrelin receptor signaling promotes socially-mediated learned food preference.” Neuropharmacology 2018; 131:487-96; PMID 29191751.

Reiner DJ., Mietlicki-Baase EG., Olivos DR., McGrath LE., Zimmer DJ., Koch-Laskowski K., Krawczyk J., Turner CA., Noble EE., Hahn JD., Schmidt HD., Kanoski SE., Hayes MR. “Amylin acts in the lateral dorsal tegmental nucleus to regulate energy balance through gamma-aminobutyric acid signalling.” Biological Psychiatry 2017; 82(11):828-838; PMID 28237459. *Featured on the cover

Noble EE., Hsu TM., Liang J., Kanoski SE. “Early life sugar consumption has long-term negative effects on memory function in Male rats.” Nutritional Neuroscience 2017; 1-11; PMID 28944721.

Lopez-Ferreras L., Richard JE., Noble EE., Eerola K., Anderberg RH., Olandersson K., Tiang L., Kanoski SE., Hayes MR., Skibicka KP. “Lateral hypothalamic GLP-1R receptors are critical for the control of food reinforcement, ingestive behavior and body weight.” Molecular Psychiatry 2017; PMID 28894301.

Hsu, TM., Noble EE., Liu CM., Cortella AM., Konanur VR., Suarez AN., Reiner DJ., Hahn JD., Hayes MR., Kanoski SE. “A hippocampus to prefrontal cortex neural pathway inhibits food motivation through glucagon-like peptide-1 signalling.” Molecular Psychiatry 2017; PMID 28461695.

Noble EE., Hsu, TM., Kanoski SE. “Gut to brain dysbiosis: Mechanisms linking Western Diet consumption, the microbiome, and cognitive impairment.” Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 2017; 11:9; PMID 28194099.

Noble EE., Hsu TM., Jones RB., Fodor AA., Goran MI., Kanoski SE. “Early life sugar consumption affects the rat microbiome independently of obesity.” Journal of Nutrition 2017; 147(1): 20-8; PMID 27903830.

Noble E.E. and Kanoski S.E. “Early life exposure to obesogenic diets and learning and memory dysfunction.” Curr Opin Behav Sci 2016; 9:7-14; PMID 26858972.

Meng Q., Ying Z., Noble E. Zhao Y., Agrawal R., Mikhail A., Zhuang Y., Tyagi E., Zhang Q., Lee J., Morselli M., Orozco L., Guo W., Kilts T., Zhu J., Zhang B., Pellegrini M., Xiao X., Young M., Gomez-Pinilla F., Yang, X. “Systems nutrigenomics reveals brain gene networks linking metabolic and brain disorders” eBioMedicine 2016; 7:157-66; PMID: 27322469.

Agrawal R., Zhuang Y., Noble E.E., Vergnes L., Ying Z., Reue K., Gomez-Pinilla F. “Dietary fructose aggravates the pathobiology of TBI by influencing energy homeostasis and plasticity.” J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2016; PMID: 26661172.

Teske JA., Perez-Leighton CE., Noble EE., Wang C., Billington CJ., Kotz CM. “Effect of housing types on growth, feeding, physical activity, and anxiety-like behavior in male Sprague-Dawley rats” Front Nutr 2016;3:4; PMID: 26870735.

Hsu TM., Hahn, JD., Konanur VR., Noble EE., Suarez AN., Thai J., Nakamoto EM., Kanoski SE. “Hippocampus ghrelin signaling mediates appetite through lateral hypothalamic orexin pathways.” Elife 2015; 4; PMID: 26745307.

Agrawal R., Noble E., Tyagi E., Zhuang Y., Ying Z., Gomez-Pinilla F. “Flavonoid Derivative 7,8-DHF attenuates TBI pathology via TrkB activation.” Biochim Biophys Acta. 2015; 1852 (5): 862-72; PMID 25661191.

Wu A., Noble EE., Tyagi E., Ying Z., Zhuang Y., Gomez-Pinilla F. “Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders.” Biochim Biophys Acta. 2015; 1852(5): 951-61; PMID 25550171.

Noble EE., Mavanji V., Little MR., Kotz CM., Billington CJ., Wang, C. “Exercise reduces diet-induced cognitive decline and increases hippocampal brain-derived neurotrophic factor in CA3 neurons.” Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 2014; 114C: 40-50; PMID 24755094.

Noble EE., Little MR., Billington CJ., Kotz CM., Wang CF. “Oxytocin in the ventromedial hypothalamus reduces feeding and body weight in Sprague Dawley rats.” Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2013; 307 (6): R737-45; PMID 24990860.

Noble EE., Billington CJ., Kotz CM., Wang C. “The lighter side of BDNF.” Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 2011; 300: R1053-1069; PMID 21346243.

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