Biography

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1992-1993       Postdoctoral Fellow (Neuroscience): Mitsubishi Kasei Institute of Life Sciences, Tokyo, Japan.  (Mentor: Shin-Ichi T Inouye, Ph.D.)

1993-1994       Postdoctoral Fellow (Neuroscience): Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Neuroscience, Tokyo, Japan.  (Mentor: Yoichiro Kuroda, Ph.D.)

1994-1996       Research Associate (Chronobiology): Department of Biology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. (Mentors: Michael Menaker, Ph.D. and Gene D Block, Ph.D.)

1996-2002      Research Scientist: Department of Biology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville,VA.

2000-2002       Center Investigator: NSF Center for Biological Timing

2002-2006       Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

2006-2013       Member of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development

2006-2013       Research Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

Research Interest

  • Circadian Physiology
  • Feeding and Light Entrainment of the Circadian System
  • Live Cell/Tissue Real-Time Imaging
  • Mouse Models for Human Disorders Caused by Disruption/Disorganization/Misalignment of the Circadian System
  • Neural Circuit Controlling Feeding and Locomotor Activity Rhythms
  • Pacemaker Coupling

Publications

Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Effects of light, food, and methamphetamine on the circadian activity rhythm in mice.
Pendergast JS, Yamazaki S Physiol. Behav. 2014 Feb
Wheel-running activity modulates circadian organization and the daily rhythm of eating behavior.
Pendergast JS, Branecky KL, Huang R, Niswender KD, Yamazaki S Front Psychol 2014 5 177
The complex relationship between the light-entrainable and methamphetamine-sensitive circadian oscillators: evidence from behavioral studies of Period-mutant mice.
Pendergast JS, Niswender KD, Yamazaki S Eur. J. Neurosci. 2013 Jul