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.

2022/2023 Schedule, Clocks & Sleep Club

2nd Friday of the month (*unless noted)
HYBRID: *BJC Institute of Health 9AB and Zoom conference
*NOTE in-person location

There will be food, drink and conversation for those attending in-person!
For virtual meeting information email the Hope Center or Erik Herzog.

NOTE: Each presenter has 30 minutes for slides and 15 minutes for questions.

  • September 9

    • Keenan Bates (Herzog lab, WashU Biology) “Circadian Rhythms in the Fetus and Placenta Develop and Change during Gestation”
    • Jesse Keller (WashU Medicine) “CLOCKing in: When is the best time for Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors to Show Up for Work?”
  • *Special Seminar September 21
    2:00p, Wohl Auditorium
    Jointly hosted by COBRAS and the Hope Center Clocks & Sleep Club

    • Erin Gibson (Stanford University) “A New Wrap for Myelin: A potential role for oligodendroglia in sleep”
    • View recording
  • October 14
    • Kayla Hurley (BJC Healthcare)
    • Samira Parhizkar (Holtzman lab, WashU Neurology)
  • November 11
    • Jason Dude (Ju lab, WashU Neurology) “Can Sleep-EEG features predict cognitive performance and Alzheimer disease pathology?”
    • Wangchao (Iverchao) Xu (Kipnis lab, WashU Pathology & Immunology)
  • December 9
    • Musiek lab (WashU Neurology)
    • TBD
  • January 13
  • February 10
    • Fang Gao (ZF Chen lab, WashU Anesthesiology)
    • Yifan Xu (Hengen lab, WashU Biology)
  • March 10
    • Shaw lab (WashU Neuroscience)
    • Norris lab (WashU Anesthesiology)
  • April 14
    • Haspel lab (WashU Medicine)
    • Lizzie Tilden (Y Chen lab, WashU Neuroscience)
  • May 12
    • Palanca lab (WashU Anesthesiology)
    • TBD

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

Archives of previous seasons








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)
Marco Colonna (WashU Pathology & Immunology)
Meaghan Creed (WashU Anesthesiology)
Sarah England (WashU Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Jeffrey Haspel (WashU Medicine)
Tracey Hermanstyne (WashU Developmental Biology)
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)
Eric Landsness (WashU Neurology)
Amy Licis (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)
Ben Palanca (WashU Anesthesiology)
Thomas Papouin (WashU Neuroscience)
Laura Piccio (WashU Neurology)
Joshua Rubin (WashU Pediatrics)
Paul Shaw (WashU Neuroscience)
Kendall Smith (WashU Anesthesiology)
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