University of California, Riverside


Nicholas Dipatrizio Nicholas V. DiPatrizio Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Topics: Food Addiction

Preferred Media: Print, Radio, Video

Languages Spoken: English

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Tel: (951) 827-7252

Media Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
Tel: (951) 827-6050


Professor DiPatrizio received his B.A. in psychology at Temple University in 2001. He got his Ph.D. in neuroscience at Drexel College of Medicine in 2008 and his Postdoctoral Fellow was done at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine in 2014.

Some of Professor DiPatrizio’s notable awards, honors and fellowships include:

  • 2011 Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior Test Diet® Award for achievements in, and contributions to, the field of ingestive behavior
  • 2010 Society for Neuroscience Postdoctoral Trainee Award
  • 2009 National Institute on Drug Abuse Early Career Investigator Award
  • 2008 Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior New Investigator Award, Paris, France
  • 2008 National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
  • 2006 American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics award for Systems and Integrative Pharmacology

On Food Addiction

DiPatrizio’s laboratory is dedicated to elucidating the integrative neurobiology and physiology that controls food reward, sensory processing, and energy balance. A combination of state-of-the-art analytical (i.e., high performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry), surgical, biochemical, molecular, pharmacological, and behavioral tools are employed to achieve these goals. Importantly, his research program investigates the molecular and neural underpinnings of obesity and hedonic eating, which are suggested to share many characteristics with addictive and compulsive behaviors. This work will support the discovery and development of novel therapeutic strategies to safely treat obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

A research emphasis in the DiPatrizio laboratory is on the lipid messengers, the endocannabinoids, which are “thrifty lipids” that naturally drive the seeking and sensing of calorie-dense foods, and the storage of their energy content for future use.

The DiPatrizio laboratory is funded by the National Institutes of Health K99/R00 grant award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.