Using a Small Animal Model to Understand How and Why We Sleep
Monday, February 18, 2019 - 4:15pm
Icahn 101
Quantitative & Computational Biology

Amita Sehgal

About Amita Sehgal:

Amita Sehgal is the John Herr Musser Professor of Neuroscience, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Director of the Chronobiology Program at the University of Pennsylvania.  Prof. Sehgal received her Ph.D. from the Weill Graduate School of Cornell University and conducted her postdoctoral work at Rockefeller University.  Her research focuses on the genetic basis of circadian rhythms and sleep, using primarily Drosophila as a model system.  Sehgal’s contributions to the circadian field include the identification of circadian genes and their mechanism of action, discovery of a mechanism that resets the clock to light and dissection of pathways that transmit time-of-day signals from the clock to produce rhythmic behavior and physiology. To understand the mechanisms underlying the drive to sleep, Sehgal and her colleagues developed a Drosophila model for sleep, and since then have discovered sleep-regulating genes, sleep loci in the fly brain and also a function for sleep in early life.

Sehgal serves on national and international advisory panels and also as editor for several journals.  Her work has been recognized through a number of awards and honors, which include the Outstanding Scientific Acievement award from the Sleep Research Society and the Ellison Senior Scholar award.  Sehgal is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences USA.

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