School of Biosciences and Medicine

Section of Chronobiology

Discover the Section of Chronobiology, which is devoted to the study of all aspects of biological timing (ultradian, circadian and seasonal rhythms) in a range of models, particularly humans.

Current research

  • Molecular mechanisms underlying synchronisation of rhythms by light, melatonin and food
  • Optimisation of treatment of circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders in shift workers, blind people and the elderly
  • Interaction between circadian rhythms, sleep, metabolism and cardiovascular function in general populations, shift workers and disease (Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and liver disease)

Supporters and partners

Our research is supported by:

  • MRC
  • EU FP7
  • British Council
  • Diabetes UK
  • The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills
  • The Royal Society

We have wide international links with a range of organisations, including:

  • EuRhythDia consortium
  • University of São Paulo
  • University of Chicago

People in the Section of Chronobiology

Section lead

Name Role
Professor Debra J. Skene Professor of Neuroendocrinology

Section members

Name Role
Dr Jonathan Johnston Reader in Chronobiology and Integrative Physiology
Dr Benita Middleton Senior Research Fellow
Dr Daan van der Veen Lecturer in Sleep and Chronobiology
Malcolm von Schantz Reader in Molecular Neurobiology