Chronobiology and Behavioural Neurogenetics Laboratory
Our research group is bound by a common theme, namely the study of daily rhythms governed by circadian clocks. At one level, our interests lie in understanding how evolutionary forces can alter clock properties, while at another, we are fascinated by how the nervous system modulates these rhythms. We use behavioural, genetic, and molecular approaches to examine several questions related to rhythms in flies, mainly Drosophila melanogaster, while also engaging in a comparative study of other closely related locally caught species.
To join us via the PhD or Master’s program click here. Undergraduate and Master's students can work with us through various fellowship programs such as JNCASR's (SRFP) and Project Oriented Biology Education (POBE), Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Fellowships (SRF) programmes. We also reach out to colleges and University Biology departments through talks and symposia to disseminate our results to aspiring scientists and the public in general. Since January 2018 we have been conducting InSearch - Inspiring reSearch - a one-day Symposium on a wide range of topics in Biology, with the goal of attracting young students towards a future in research.
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Mechanosensory Stimulation via Nanchung Expressing Neurons Can Induce Daytime Sleep in Drosophila
Work published in The Journal of Neuroscience.
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Gap junction protein Innexin2 modulates the period of free-running rhythms in Drosophila melanogaster
Work published in iScience.
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Dr. Sheeba Vasu and Dr. Joanna Chiu (UC Davis) together organized the International Conference on Chronobiology in July 2021.
The conference included talks by multiple Indian and international speakers on varied topics of chronobiology ranging from molecular mechanisms of circadian clocks, their role and impact on metabolism to human rhythms as well as seasonality.
The conference also hosted two poster sessions for graduate students to display and discuss their work with experts in the field.
A special session celebrating the discovery and history as well as modern work in the field of suprachiasmatic nucleus (the biological clock in mammals) was hosted by Prof. William Schwartz and Prof. Erik Herzog. Watch the session here.