How does circadian clock control my body?
The rotation of the earth creates a daily fluctuation of environmental cues, and organisms have evolved internal timing systems, called circadian clocks, to coordinate their daily activities to anticipate and prepare for these environmental changes. Because circadian rhythmicity is a fundamental aspect of temporal organization in essentially every cell in the body, and governs many biological processes ranging from molecular and biochemical pathways to physiological and behavioral rhythms, disruption of the circadian clock can have a severe influence on human health, ranging from psychiatric disorders, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, to certain types of cancer.
The mission of the Kojima laboratory is to understand how the molecular clock machinery in each cell controls circadian biochemistry, physiology and ultimately behavior at a molecular level. We specifically focus on rhythmic gene expression in various mouse tissues, with a special emphasis on transcription-independent gene regulatory mechanisms. Our approach integrates diverse techniques that will bridge traditional disciplinary boundaries such as molecular/cellular biology, bioinformatics, physiology, and genomics, and particularly take advantage of state-of-the-art techniques such as next-generation sequencing technologies.
Aug. 2019 Maddie Childress and Ayana Jackson (both BIOL major) joined the team. Welcome! Photos coming up soon-!
June 2019 Our lab alumina, Camille Schrier, is now Miss Virginia!!! She performed a chemistry experiment on stage. Beauty and
Brain come together indeed! Go Camille! Go Hokies!!
Apr. 2019 The annual lab outing at a Trampline park. Check out our photos!!