Julio Ayala, PhD
  • Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Nashville, TN USA


Dr. Julio Ayala received his PhD in the Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics at Vanderbilt University. Following post-doctoral work studying control points for insulin action, Dr. Ayala’s work focused on non-pancreatic mechanisms for glucose regulation by the gut hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (Glp1). This led to studies on how Glp1 and related Glp1 receptor (Glp1r) agonists interact with the central nervous system to regulate multiple aspects of metabolic homeostasis. After establishing an independent research program at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in Florida, Dr. Ayala returned to Vanderbilt where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics. His current area of research focuses on gut-brain interactions in the control of energy balance and body weight.