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Brain, behaviour and environmental response

Brain, behaviour and environmental response

Brain, behaviour and environmental response

The ability to respond to and time rhythmic fluctuations in the environment (such as light, colour, temperature, food availability) is central to survival for most organisms on the planet.

Our research examines how clocks structure within the brain, including master clock housed within the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) read these environmental signals to regulate behaviour and physiology on a circadian and seasonal scale.

By combining state-of-the-art neurophysiological techniques – with in vivo and ex vivo imaging – and comprehensive physiological phenotyping facilities, we are mapping out the neural networks which allow us to time our world.

Principal investigators

Tim Brown (Lead)
Neural circuit mechanisms underlying circadian and light-dependent physiological responses.

Annette Allen
Dean's Prize Research Fellow.

David Bechtold
Circadian controls of energy metabolism.

Andrew Loudon
Circadian clock mechanisms and seasonal timekeeping.

Robert Lucas
Regulation of biological timing by light.

Nina Milosavljevic
Fight for Sight Research Fellow.

Riccardo Storchi
NC3Rs Research Fellow.