Welcome to The Center for Biological Clocks Research at Texas
A&M. The CBCR provides an organizational structure to enhance
and coordinate research and education activities among circadian
rhythms researchers at Texas A&M University and the Texas
A&M University System Health Science Center. The goal of the
CBCR is to promote discoveries in the field of chronobiology and to
train researchers at all levels and in diverse disciplines, with
chronobiology as a research focus.
Welcome to our new CBCR faculty!
We are pleased to welcome Jerome Menet and Christine Merlin to
the CBCR! Jerome and Christine were recently hired as Assistant
Professors in the Department of Biology, and arrived in College
Station in August. Jerome was a post-doc in the lab of Michael
Rosbash at Brandeis University, where he worked on circadian
transcription in Drosophila and, more recently, in mice. Christine
did her post-doctoral work with Steve Reppert at University of
Massachusetts Medical School, where she studied circadian clock
control of the annual migration of Monarch butterflies to Mexico.
Below is a brief description of the projects Jerome and Christine
will pursue at Texas A&M. Welcome Jerome and Christine!
About the Menet Lab
the Menet lab investigates the molecular mechanisms by which
circadian clocks and clock genes regulate gene expression in the
mouse. We are currently extending our recent genome-wide analysis
of gene expression rhythms to investigate 1) how clock genes
rhythmically regulate chromatin environment and 2) define the
mechanisms involved in rhythmic post-transcriptional regulation of
About the Merlin Lab
Work in the Merlin lab uses the eastern North
American migratory monarch butterfly as a model system to study
clock mechanisms and the role of circadian clocks in a complex
biological output, long-distance animal migration. We are using
integrative approaches that include molecular and genetic tools,
genome-wide profiling and behavior to 1) determine the role of the
circadian clock and clock genes in the photoperiodic seasonal
migratory switch, 2) define the mechanisms that control the
migratory physiology and behavior and 3) delineate the clock
circuitry involved in seasonal responses and migration.