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Know Your Circadian Code


Check out the link below to watch Dr Satchin Panda explain fascinating insights about Circadian Rhythm and how staying in line with the natural circadian rhythm of the earth can help overall health. Please let me know what you think about the video!


Satchin Panda is a professor in the Regulatory Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA. He is interested in understanding the molecular mechanism of the biological clock in a mouse model system. The biological clock or circadian oscillator in most organisms coordinates behavior and physiology with the natural light-dark cycle. His laboratory uses genetic, genomics and biochemical approaches to identify genes under circadian regulation in different organs and to understand the mechanism of such regulation. His lab also tries to characterize the mechanism by which the circadian oscillator is synchronized to the natural light-dark condition. Both classical rod/cone photoreceptors and a newly identified ocular photopigment melanopsin participate in photoentrainment of the clock. Research in his lab is geared towards identifying molecular components and events critical for transmitting light information from the eye to the master oscillator in the brain.


Satchin Panda’s lab discovered that hundreds to thousands of genes in our genome turn on and off in different organs at specific times during the 24-hour day. The findings imply that hundreds of existing drugs to cure many different types of diseases from joint pain to cancer may work better if they are administered at the right time of the day or night.




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