Antonio A. Nunez
Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Ph.D., 1977, Florida State University
Our laboratory is interested in the neural and endocrine control of circadian and seasonal rhythms in mammals. A lot of our attention is devoted to the neural circuits that connect the circadian clock of the suprachiasmatic nucleus to other regions of the brain that regulate sleep and reproductive functions. In collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. Laura Smale, we are investigating the functional anatomy of these circuits in diurnal and nocturnal species.
Ramanathan, C, Nunez, AA, Martinez, GS, Schwartz, MD and Smale, L (2006) Temporal and spatial distribution of immunoreactive PER1 and PER2 proteins in the suorachiasmatic nucleus and peri-suprachiamatic region of the diurnal grass rat (Arvicanthis niloticus). Brain Research, 1073: 348 - 358.
Lambert, CM, Machida, KK, Smale, L, Nunez, AA and Weaver, DR (2005) Analysis of the prokineticin 2 system in a diurnal rodent, the unstriped Nile grass rat (Arvicanthis niloticus). Journal of Biological Rhythms, 20: 206 - 218.
Schwartz, MC, Nunez, AA and Smale, L (2004) Differences in the suprachiasmatic nucleus and lower subparaventricular zone of diurnal and nocturnal rodents. Neuroscience, 127: 13 - 23.