Derek Daniels


Derek Daniels.

Derek Daniels


Derek Daniels


Director, Center for Ingestive Behavior Research

Research Interests

Anatomical and biochemical basis of ingestive behaviors, including food, water, and salt intake

Contact Information

335 Hochstetter

Buffalo NY, 14260-4110

Phone: (716) 645-0264


  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Current Research

Research in my laboratory focuses on the neural mechanisms that regulate ingestive behaviors such as food, water, and salt intake. These behaviors are critical for the maintenance of body fluid, cardiovascular, and energy homeostasis. Specific areas of interest include the neural circuits that contribute to these behaviors and the intracellular events that occur at various nodes within the circuits. At the present time, the two main areas of focus include: 1) testing for overlap in peptide systems that affect both feeding and drinking behaviors; and 2) determining the behavioral relevance of individual intracellular signaling pathways, especially as they relate to sensitization and desensitization.

Selected Publications

  • Santollo, J., K.L. Volcko, and D. Daniels (2018). Sex differences in the desensitizing effect of repeated injections of angiotensin II. Endocrinology, 159(2):676-684. PMCID: PMC5774252
  • Postolache, M., J. Santollo, and D. Daniels (2017). Associative learning contributes to the increased water intake observed after daily injections of angiotensin II. Physiology & Behavior, 179:340-345. PMCID: PMC5581244
  • Plyler, K.S. and D. Daniels. (2017) Effect of fourth ventricle injection of ghrelin on angiotensin II-induced neuronal activation. Physiology & Behavior, 178:35-42. PMCID: PMC5438304
  • Daniels. D. (2016) Angiotensin II (de)sensitization: fluid intake studies with implications for cardiovascular control. Physiology & Behavior, 162:141-146. PMCID: PMC4899264
  • Santollo, J. and D. Daniels.(2015) Multiple estrogen receptor subtypes influence ingestive behavior in female rodents. Physiology & Behavior, 152: 431-437. PMCID: PMC4661102
  • McKay, N.J., D.L. Galante, and D. Daniels. (2014) Fluid and food intakes engage separable elements of the endogenous glucagon-like peptide-1 system in rats. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(49):16417-23. PMCID: PMC4252551
  • Vento, P.J. and D. Daniels. (2014) The anteroventral third ventricle region is critical for the behavioral desensitization caused by repeated injections of angiotensin II. Behavioural Brain Research, 258: 27-33.PMCID: PMC3886285.