Aaron Mercer, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow - Malcolm Low

6434 Brehm
1000 Wall St.
Ann Arbor, MI  48105 



I’m a Colorado native, distance runner, proud father and an amateur nutritionist. I’m a neurobiologist by training with a vested interest in understanding how our brains control food intake and metabolism.

Areas of Interest

A mounting body of evidence indicates that food intake circuits in the hypothalamus remain plastic into adulthood, and these neural circuits can be directly modified by manipulations in diet. To directly examine these effects in the central nervous system, I am systematically dissecting the effects of dietary manipulation on the peptidergic, morphological and synaptic rearrangements in the anorexigenic proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neural circuit.

Honors & Awards

2013 – 2015 - Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Postdoctoral Fellows (F32); NIH NIDDK 1F32-DK098051-01
2011 – 2012 - University of Michigan Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes Training Grant (Competitive Acceptance) - NIH NIDDK 5T32-DK007245-35
2011 - ARVO Annual Conference – National Eye Institute Travel Grant
2010 - Norman & Bernice Harris Award in Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body Research
2010 - Professor Herbert L. Davis Scholarship in Pharmacology Award
2009 – 2011 - UNMC Competitive Assistantship/Fellowship Award


2011 - Ph.D in Experimental Neuroscience, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
2006 – B.S. in Biological Science, Minor in Anatomy/Neuroscience, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO