Clocks & Sleep

Organizers: Erik Herzog, Paul Taghert, and Dmitri Nusinow Read More


The Hope Center is pleased to announce that Clocks & Sleep Club now is the Hope Center Clocks & Sleep Club.  This affiliation reflects an expansion of the existing group, aimed to help promote ongoing research on the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in neurodegenerative disease. The founders and organizers, Erik Herzog and Paul Taghert, will continue in their roles as the group meets monthly to discuss recent advances in the study of biological timing and sleep.

Labs working on biological rhythms include:

Erik Herzog. Molecules, cells and circuits of mammalian circadian timing.

Paul Taghert. Molecules, cells and circuits of insect circadian timing.

Dmitri Nusinow. Circadian regulation of physiology and development in plants.

David Holtzman. The role of normal and disrupted daily rhythms in amyloid beta production and Alzheimer’s Disease progression and therapies.

Shin-Ichiro Imai. Epigenetics of circadian timing and aging.

Yo-El Ju. Sleep and neurological diseases.

Daniel Kerschensteiner. Neural circuits controlling circadian rhythms and sleep.

István Kiss. Coupled oscillator behavior in biological and electrochemical systems.

Brendan Lucey. Sleep and Alzheimer’s disease.

Erik Musiek. The role of clock genes and circadian rhythms in neurodegeneration.

Jeanne Nerbonne. Circadian regulation of excitability and channel biology.

Joshua Rubin. Chronotherapy for brain cancer.

Paul Shaw. Genetics and benefits of sleep.

Organizers/Contact Information

For inquiries contact the Hope Center. and for additional information about the Clocks & Sleep Club including signing up for credit click here.

2022 Spring Schedule, Clocks & Sleep Club

1st Friday of the month (unless noted)
Zoom conference

For virtual meeting information email the Hope Center.

NOTE: Presenters have 30 minutes for slides and 15 minutes for questions.

For the Spring 2022 semester, the meetings will be held on the 2nd Friday at 3:30p (unless noted).

Zoom links (WUSTL Key required)

  • January 14
    • Patrick Sheehan (Musiek lab, WashU Neurology) “Astrocytic circadian reprogramming in aging and Alzheimer’s Disease”
    • Aidan Schneider (Hengen lab, WashU Biology) “Circuit-specific flickering of sleep and wake in freely-behaving mice”
  • February 11
    • Aaron Norris (WashU Anesthesiology) “Getting to the KOR of Torpor and Thermal Regulatory Neural Circuits in the Hypothalamus”
    • Fang Gao (Chen lab, WashU Anesthesiology) “An update on the neural circuit of contagious itch”
  • March 11
    • Lei Gao (Massachusetts General Hospital) “Sleep/circadian rhythms: Novel insights into delirium risk during hospitalization”
      – Faculty hosts: Ben Palanca, Kendall Smith (WashU Anesthesiology), representing COBRAS Acute/Critical Illness Working Group
    • Caroline Hoyniak (WashU Psychiatry) “Maternal sleep and circadian disruption during pregnancy and infant outcomes” 
      – Faculty hosts: Amy Licis (WashU Neurology) and Sarah England (WashU Obstetrics & Gynecology), representing COBRAS Development Working Group
  • April 8
    • Tracey Hermanstyne (WashU Developmental Biology) and Nien-Du Yang (Nerbonne lab, WashU Medicine)
      “The Physiological Role of Sub-threshold Ionic Conductances in the Regulation of SCN Neuronal Excitability”
    • Jeff Haspel and Huram Mok (WashU Medicine)
      “Circadian Reprogramming in Chronic Airway Disease”
      – Representing COBRAS Inflammation & Immunology Working Group
  • May 6*
    • Lizzie Tilden (Chen lab, WashU Neuroscience)
      “Dynamics of intracellular signals during sleep behavior”
    • Bettina Mittendorfer and Sarah Farabi (WashU Medicine)
      – Representing COBRAS Cardiometabolic Working Group
      *Note date
  • May 26: COBRAS Symposium
  • June 10
    • Bishan Bhattari (Colonna lab, WashU Pathology & Immunology)
    • Brendan Lucey (WashU Neurology) and Erik Herzog (WashU Biology)
      – Representing COBRAS Implementation/Policy Outreach Working Group

All meetings are listed on the Office of Neuroscience Research (ONR) Calendar.

Archives of previous seasons

Fall 2021







Spring 2015

Clocks & Sleep Club Faculty Members

Faculty organizers: Erik Herzog (WashU Biology), Paul Taghert (WashU Neuroscience), Dmitri Nusinow (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center)

Affiliated faculty members

Ryan Bogdan (WashU Psychological & Brain Sciences)
Thomas Burris (St. Louis College of Pharmacy/WashU Anesthesiology)
Daniel Castro (WashU Radiology)
Yao Chen (WashU Neuroscience)
Meaghan Creed (WashU Anesthesiology)
Jeffrey Haspel (WashU Medicine)
Erik Herzog (WashU Biology)
David Holtzman (WashU Neurology)
Shin-Ichiro Imai (WashU Developmental Biology)
Yo-El Ju (WashU Neurology)
Daniel Kerschensteiner (WashU Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences)
Jonathan Kipnis (WashU Pathology & Immunology)
István Kiss (SLU Chemistry)
Geraldine Kress (WashU Neurology)
Brendan Lucey (WashU Neurology)
Tim Miller (WashU Neurology)
Erik Musiek (WashU Neurology)
Jeanne Nerbonne (WashU Medicine)
Aaron Norris (WashU Anesthesiology)
Dmitri Nusinow (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center)
Thomas Papouin (WashU Neuroscience)
Laura Piccio (WashU Neurology)
Joshua Rubin (WashU Pediatrics)
Paul Shaw (WashU Neuroscience)
Paul Taghert (WashU Neuroscience)
Kelvin Yamada (WashU Neurology)
Andrew Yoo (WashU Developmental Biology)
Guoyan Zhao (WashU Neuroscience)
Chao Zhou (WashU Biomedical Engineering)

Archive of previous Clocks & Sleep Club meetings