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J. Woodland Hastings, PhD
Paul C. Mangelsdorf Professor of Natural Sciences
Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Awarded in celebration of the work of J. Woodland Hastings, pioneer in photobiology and founding father of the field of circadian biology.

  • Devoted observer of biological rhythms in the bioluminescent dinoflagellate Gonyaulax polyedra and systematic dissector of the fundamental properties of circadian oscillators 
  • Discoverer of the circadian rhythm of light sensitivity (phase response curve) and the dose response curve for circadian resetting – the gold standards for understanding how the timing and intensity of environmental signals affects circadian clock timing
  • Master of circadian photoreception and creator of the first action spectrum for photic resetting of circadian oscillators, as distinct from photic stimulation of sensory systems
  • Innovative explorer of molecular circadian biology and discoverer of the critical role of protein synthesis and phosphorylation in the generation and control of 
    intrinsic circadian rhythmicity

Harvard Medical School
Division of Sleep Medicine
2006 Annual Prize in Sleep Medicine Recipient

See more information about the2006 Sleep and Health Benefit Dinner.