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

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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
In vitro circadian period is associated with circadian/sleep preference.
Hida A, Kitamura S, Ohsawa Y, Enomoto M, Katayose Y, Motomura Y, Moriguchi Y, Nozaki K, Watanabe M, Aritake S, Higuchi S, Kato M, Kamei Y, Yamazaki S, Goto YI, Ikeda M, Mishima K Sci Rep 2013 Jun 3 2074
In vivo monitoring of multi-unit neural activity in the suprachiasmatic nucleus reveals robust circadian rhythms in period1(-/-) mice.
Takasu NN, Pendergast JS, Olivas CS, Yamazaki S, Nakamura W PLoS ONE 2013 8 5 e64333