Photo of Dr. Schirmer
Aaron
Schirmer
Ph.D.
Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5617
Expertise
Chronobiology, Neuroscience, Behavioral Genetics, and Molecular Biology
Courses Taught
Introduction to Biology
Essential Skills for Biologists (BIO 150)
General Biology I (BIO 201)
General Genetics
Senior Seminar
Genomics and Proteomics
Biochemical Genetics
Chronobiology
Research Interests
Research in the Schirmer laboratory focuses on the study of circadian rhythms and the effect that these rhythms have on animal behavior and physiology. Ongoing work on mammalian circadian rhythms includes an investigation of: (1) The molecular genetic mechanisms involved in the regulation and expression of circadian rhythms in the brain and peripheral tissues, (2) the impact of environmental perturbations, such as photopollutions and social jet lag, on the circadian system, and (3) new technologies and techniques for studying circadian clocks in vivo and in vitro. In addition to work on mammalian clocks, the Schirmer lab has established collaborations to investigate the role of circadian rhythms in invertebrate model systems. Specifically, the laboratory is interested in studying the role of circadian clocks in the modulation of appetitive behavior in various praying mantis species and the implications of photopollution on Drosophila behavior.
Education

Northwestern University        Evanston, IL
Doctor of Philosophy, Neuroscience

Elmhurst College        Elmhurst, IL
Bachelors of Science, Biology
Minors in Chemistry and Urban Studies

BBH 352E
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5617
Office Hours
Mondays 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays noon-1 p.m. Thursdays 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and by appointment
Main Campus