Chronobiology and sleep research theme

Alleviating disrupted sleep and managing circadian timing for improved health outcomes.

The challenge

Sleep is a major determinant of wellbeing, behaviour and of mental and physical health. The circadian timing system, present in humans and animals, regulates almost all aspects of cell and system physiology. When it is perturbed through illnesses such as dementia and cancers, sleep abnormalities ensue. Circadian rhythm disruption and sleep restriction are features of our modern 24/7 society and we need to manage these better, including as we age and travel.

Our response

Research programmes within the Chronobiology and Sleep Research Theme address the function and regulation of sleep and circadian rhythms. Studies to optimise the administration of light and of melatonin inform actions to address the cognitive decline associated with sleep loss and circadian misalignment. Probing datasets for links between genotype and the timing of activities such as food consumption reveals approaches to disease prevention. Developing and validating novel monitoring technologies unravels links between sleep/circadian disturbances, urban environments and health outcomes, and informs interventions.

Research projects

Active projects

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End date: February 2023

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Completed projects

Time is of the essence: Revealing the elusive ‘bone clock’ in humans

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Timing, quality, and physiology of sleep in a deprived community cohort in South Africa, and their relationship with chronic disease

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Research theme members

NameRoleSchool
Simon ArcherProfessor of Molecular Biology of Sleep and Head of DepartmentSchool of Biosciences and Medicine

Giuseppe Atzori

Senior Sleep TechnologistSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Ullrich BartschLecturer in Sleep and NeurodegenerationSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Ciro della MonicaResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Paula de OliveiraPostgraduate researcherSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Derk-Jan DijkProfessor of Sleep and PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Rachel FirthPostgraduate researcherSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Henry HebronPostgraduate Research Student School of Psychology
Kiran Kumar Guruswamy RavindranResearch Fellow in Sleep Physiology and DementiaSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Damion LambertResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Steven LockleyProfessor, Vice-Chancellor FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Sara Mahvash-MohammadiPostgraduate researcherDepartment of Electronic  Engineering
Victoria RevellLecturer in Translational Sleep and Circadian PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Thalia RodriguezResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Lucas SantosPostgraduate researcherSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Julie SeibtLecturer in Sleep and PlasticitySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Ines ViolanteLecturer in Psychological NeuroscienceSchool of Psychology
Raphaelle-Valia Winsky-SommererReader in Sleep and Circadian RhythmsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine

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Sabrina AhmedPostgraduate researcherSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Roberta BonomoPostgraduate researcherSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Namrata Chowdhury Postgraduate researcherSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Alan FlanaganPostgraduate researcherSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Cheryl IsherwoodResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Paul JefcoatePostgraduate researcherSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Jonathan JohnstonReader in Chronobiology and Integrative PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Shantel LynchPostgraduate researcherSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Valeria MastrulloPostgraduate researcherSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Mario Miguel School of Biosciences and Medicin
Katie O'BrienPostgraduate researcherSchool of Biosciences and Medicin
Natalie Riddell Lecturer in Immunology and AgeingSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Francieli Ruiz Da Silva  School of Biosciences and Medicine
Debra SkeneProfessor of NeuroendocrinologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Jenny SpinksSenior Laboratory Technician (Bioimaging & RPS)School of Biosciences and Medicine
Daniel Van Der VeenLecturer in Sleep and ChronobiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Isaiah TingPostgraduate researcherSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Malcolm von SchantzProfessor of ChronobiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine

Research theme champions

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Dr Victoria Revell

Research Theme Champion

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Isaiah Joseph Ting

Associate Research Theme Champion

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Kate Granger Building
30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7YH