Zhe Zhao completed his Ph.D. under the supervision of Giovanni Marsicano at the Neurocentre Magendie (INSERM, University of Bordeaux). During his thesis he focused on the role of the type-1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1) in the control of water intake, and found that this receptor, expressed on the neurons of the anterior cingulate cortex regulates drinking behavior. His findings were published in Current Biology in 2020.
Zhe is now a postdoctoral researcher under the mentorship of Anna Beyeler. Through a collaboration with the Marsicano lab, they decided to further dissect the neural circuit mechanisms controlling thirst by focusing on synaptic plasticity and the endocannabinoid system within the insular cortex.