Dr Christian HeintzenBSc, PhD

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Overview

Circadian clocks are biological clocks that help organisms to organize daily events within the cell, such that they occur at times when they are most beneficial to the organism. When circadian clocks are defect, molecular and cellular events become disorganized, resulting in aberrant cell division and development, reduced fitness and survival and the promotion of various disease states, including cancer. Without external time cues circadian clocks tick with a period of approximately but not exactly 24 hours and would therefore soon be out of synchrony with external time. My laboratory is interested in understanding the molecular basis of circadian clocks with a focus on how circadian clocks stay in tune with their environment, so that they can keep accurate track of the 24-hour day.

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

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