- B.S., 1982, Southern Methodist University, Biology.
- Ph.D., 1987, Indiana University, Genetics.
- Postdoctoral research, Brandeis University.
- Department of Biology faculty, 1991-1995.
- Prior faculty appointments at Texas A&M (1991-1995) and University of Houston (1995-2005)
Joined the department in 2005.
John W. Lyons Jr. ’59 Chair in Biology.
Center for Biological Clocks Research (Director)
Faculty of Genetics
Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience
Hardin Lab Webpage
Paul E. Hardin
College Station, TX 77843-3258
Biological Sciences Building West
Biological Sciences Building West
|Molecular Genetics of Biological Clocks
A diverse array of organisms including prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes, plants and animals display daily rhythms in physiology, metabolism and/or behavior. These rhythms are not passively driven by environmental cycles of light and temperature, but are actively controlled by endogenous circadian clocks that are set by environmental cycles, keep time in the absence of environmental cues, and activate overt physiological, metabolic and behavioral rhythms at the appropriate time of day. This remarkable conservation of circadian clock function through evolution suggests that maintaining synchrony with the environment is of fundamental importance. Our understanding of the circadian clock is particularly important for human health and wellbeing. The clearest examples of circadian clock dysfunction are those that result in abnormal sleep-wake cycles, but clock disturbances are also associated with other ailments including epilepsy, cerebrovascular disease, depression, and seasonal affective disorder. The realization that disorders of the sleep-wake cycle such as Familial Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome can result from alterations in clock gene function underscores the clinical importance of understanding the molecular organization of the circadian system.
Work in my laboratory focuses on defining the molecular mechanisms that drive circadian clock function in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. We previously found that the core timekeeping mechanism is based on core and interlocked transcriptional feedback loops. Our studies currently focus on (1) defining post-translational regulatory mechanisms that operate in the core loop to set the 24 hour period, (2) determining whether interlocked loops are important for circadian timekeeping and/or output, (3) understanding how circadian oscillator cells are determined during development, and (4) defining mechanisms that control rhythms in olfactory and gustatory physiology and behavior.
- Kaneko H, Head LM, Ling J, Tang X, Liu Y, Hardin PE, Emery P & Hamada FN (2012) Circadian rhythm of temperature preference and its neural control in Drosophila. Curr Biol 22:1851-7 Full text
- Hardin PE (2011) Molecular genetic analysis of circadian timekeeping in Drosophila. Adv Genet 74:141-73 Full text
- Yu W, Houl JH & Hardin PE (2011) NEMO kinase contributes to core period determination by slowing the pace of the Drosophila circadian oscillator. Curr Biol 21:756-61 Full text
- Chatterjee A & Hardin PE (2010) Time to taste: circadian clock function in the Drosophila gustatory system. Fly (Austin) 4:283-7 Full text
- Zhang L, Chung BY, Lear BC, Kilman VL, Liu Y, Mahesh G, Meissner RA, Hardin PE & Allada R (2010) DN1(p) circadian neurons coordinate acute light and PDF inputs to produce robust daily behavior in Drosophila. Curr Biol 20:591-9 Full text
- Zhang Y, Liu Y, Bilodeau-Wentworth D, Hardin PE & Emery P (2010) Light and temperature control the contribution of specific DN1 neurons to Drosophila circadian behavior. Curr Biol 20:600-5 Full text
- Chatterjee A, Tanoue S, Houl JH & Hardin PE (2010) Regulation of gustatory physiology and appetitive behavior by the Drosophila circadian clock. Curr Biol 20:300-9 Full text
- Benito J, Hoxha V, Lama C, Lazareva AA, Ferveur JF, Hardin PE & Dauwalder B (2010) The circadian output gene takeout is regulated by Pdp1epsilon. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107:2544-9 Full text
- Yu W, Zheng H, Price JL & Hardin PE (2009) DOUBLETIME plays a noncatalytic role to mediate CLOCK phosphorylation and repress CLOCK-dependent transcription within the Drosophila circadian clock. Mol Cell Biol 29:1452-8 Full text
- Houl JH, Ng F, Taylor P & Hardin PE (2008) CLOCK expression identifies developing circadian oscillator neurons in the brains of Drosophila embryos. BMC Neurosci 9:119 Full text