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Ravi Allada, MD

Edward C. Stuntz Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience
Chair, Department of Neurobiology
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Ravi Allada, MD,  is the Edward C. Stuntz Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and chair of the Department of Neurobiology at Northwestern University. He received his MD from the University of Michigan and completed a residency in clinical pathology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During his training, he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute–National Institutes of Health (NIH) research scholar and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute physician postdoctoral fellow, the latter with 2017 Nobel Laureate Michael Rosbash, PhD.

The Allada Lab at Northwestern University has discovered molecule “gears” of the core circadian clock, including a link to neurodegenerative disease as well as pathways linking the core clock to daily rhythms of sleep and wake. Dr Allada’s laboratory has also identified molecular processes underlying sleep, including those linked to memory processing. His work extends discoveries in flies to mammals, including the development of diagnostic biomarker signatures for circadian time and examining the effects of jet lag on athletic performance. His work has been funded by the NIH, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and private foundations, including a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award and a NARSAD Young Investigator Award. He has served as a member of the NIH Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board and on the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms Board of Directors as Secretary. He is currently a member of the Sleep Research Society Board of Directors.