Neuroscientist and leader of a research laboratory on gut-brain biology. Diego was born in the Ecuadorian Amazon. His background is an amalgam of a B.S. in agriculture, a Ph.D. in Nutrition, and Postdoctoral training in the Neurosciences. At Duke University, Diego is the head of a research team teasing apart neural circuits connecting gut sensing with behaviors, like mood and appetite. Diego discovered a direct connection between nerves and enteroendocrine cells – a type of sensory cell dispersed throughout the gastrointestinal epithelium (the gut’s internal lining). This discovery has opened a new field in sensory neurobiology – the field of gut-brain sensory transduction.