Organizers: Erik Herzog, Paul Taghert, and Dmitri Nusinow

The Clocks & Sleep Club became the Hope Center Clocks & Sleep Club to expand participation and promote ongoing research on the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in neurodegenerative disease. The group meets monthly to discuss recent advances in the study of biological timing and sleep.

Labs working on biological rhythms

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.

2023 Spring Schedule

2nd Friday of the month
3:30p – 5:00p
HYBRID: BJC Institute of Health 9AB and Zoom conference (*unless noted)

There will be food, drink and conversation for those attending in-person!

For virtual meeting information email the Hope Center or Erik Herzog, or click the Zoom links button below.

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

  • January 13 – *NOTE Location: Zoom/Farrell LTC 204
    • Jackie Pelham (Holehouse lab, WashU Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics) “Deciphering the Contributions of Protein Disorder to the Circadian Clock Repressors”
    • Jason Dude (Ju lab, WashU Neurology) “Can Sleep-EEG features predict cognitive performance and Alzheimer disease pathology?”
  • February 10
    • Yifan Xu (Hengen lab, WashU Biology) “Sleep restores an optimal computational regime in cortical networks”
    • Christine Merlin (Texas A & M University) “Circadian clock regulation of monarch butterfly seasonal migration”
  • March 10 – *NOTE Location: Zoom/Farrell LTC 205
    • Melanie Ford (Shaw lab, WashU Neuroscience) “Sleep Deprivation, Sleep Fragmentation and Social Jet Lag increase temperature preference in Drosophila”
    • Aaron Cone (Norris lab, WashU Anesthesiology), Spencer Blackwood (Lee lab, WashU Neurology) with a brief introduction by Eric Landsness (WashU Neurology)
      “Population of medial preoptic area neurons that regulate metabolism, temperature and arousal”
  • April 14 – *NOTE Location: Zoom/Farrell LTC 205
    • Haspel lab (WashU Medicine)
    • Lizzie Tilden (Y Chen lab, WashU Neuroscience)
  • May 12 – *NOTE Location: Zoom/Farrell LTC 205
    • Landsness lab (WashU Neurology)
    • Palanca lab (WashU Anesthesiology)

For previous years’ talks, check out the archives link below.

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

Clocks & Sleep Club: Affiliated faculty members

Ryan Bogdan (WashU Psychological & Brain Sciences)
Daniel Castro (WashU Radiology)
Yao Chen (WashU Neuroscience)
Marco Colonna (WashU Pathology & Immunology)
Bryan Copits (WashU Anesthesiology)
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 (Saint Louis University)
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)
Andrew Yoo (WashU Developmental Biology)
Chao Zhou (WashU Biomedical Engineering)