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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.

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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

MenetResearch in 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 gene expression.

About the Merlin Lab

MerlinWork 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.

 




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Paul Hardin

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Gladys Ko

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Christine Merlin

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Weston Porter

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Terry Thomas

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