Welcome to the MSU Rhythms group home page

We are a research and teaching laboratory at Michigan State University, part of the Rhythms Group. Much of our research is aimed at understanding how the neural mechanisms underlying behavior are transformed as natural selection shapes the behavior patterns exhibited by animals. The focus is specifically on determining how the mechanisms controlling daily, or circadian rhythms were altered as day-active mammals evolved from their night-active ancestors. We are also examining how rhythms, and their neural substrates, can differ across individuals within a species and how they can be modified within individuals as their environments change. Much of this work is being conducted in collaboration with people in the labs of two other members of the Rhythms Research Group at MSU, Dr. Antonio (Tony) Nunez and Dr. Lily Yan. Graduate students obtaining their PhDs in my lab have had their choice of doing this through one of three programs that are available to them: the Zoology Department, Psychology Department and the Neuroscience Program.


To see the ongoing research projects, click the links below:

Dr. Antonio Nunez
Dr. Laura Smale
Dr. Lily Yan
Dr. Hongbing Wang