Monday, April 11, 2016
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
University Park Campus
Hedco Neurosciences Building (HNB)
Amita Sehgal is a molecular biologist and chronobiologist in the Department of Neuroscience at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Sehgal has been involved in the discovery of Drosophila TIM and many other important components of the Drosophila clock mechanism. Sehgal has contributed greatly to the development of Drosophila as a model for the study of sleep. Her research continues to be focused on understanding the genetic basis of sleep and also how circadian systems relate to other aspects of physiology.
Amita Sehgal's major goal is to understand the molecular and cellular networks that drive behavior, in particular rhythmic behaviors such as sleep. Her studies are done largely with the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, and are directed towards elucidating the mechanisms that confer a circadian (~24-hour) periodicity on much of behavior and physiology as well as understanding how and why the need to sleep is generated.