UC San Diego's Center for Circadian Biology will host its 14th Annual Circadian Biology Symposium to be held at the Sanford Consortium - Roth Auditorium, UC San Diego.


We have invited a select, stellar group of chronobiologists from around the country and beyond, and a few local colleagues, to speak at this symposium. Each year, the symposium attracts leaders in the field, with active participation from our 58 PIs within the CCB. We welcome and encourage registrants from your research personnel, other institutions, and industry.


Registration is open!



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The aims of the conference are to:

  1. Provide participants with a comprehensive view of modern circadian biology.
  2. Exchange a broad spectrum of ideas and techniques in circadian biology.
  3. Promote interactions among the faculty and lab personnel of UC San Diego, Circadian Biology Center, the invited speakers, and other participants.
  4. Further acquaint the speakers, their groups, and other registrants with the depth and breadth of circadian biology research conducted at UC San Diego.

Confirmed Speakers

2024 Speakers

(Listed alphabetically)

Deborah Bell-Pedersen, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Biology,
Texas A&M University

Dan J. Buysse, MD
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry,
Medicine, and Clinical and Translational
Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Horacio de la Iglesia, PhD
Professor of Biology,
University of Washington


María P. Fernández, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience,
Barnard College, Columbia University

 Kathleen Greenham, PhD
Assistant Professor of Plant and Microbiol
Biology, University of Minnesota

Jeffrey Haspel, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine,
Pulmonary & Critical Care, Washington
University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Ian Hickie, MD
Professor of Psychiatry,
The University Sydney

John Hogenesch, PhD
Professor of Human Genetics and Pediatrics,
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Dorothee Kern, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry, HHMI Investigator,
Brandeis University

Katja Lamia, PhD
Associate Professor of Molecular Medicine,
Scripps Research

Wanhe Li, PhD
Assistant Professor of Molecular Cellular
Biology, Texas A&M University

Atul Malhotra, MD
Professor of Medicine, Chief of Pulmonary,
Critical Care and Sleep Medicine,
University of California, San Diego
Selma Masri, PhD
Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry,
School of Medicine,
University of California, Irvine
Jose Pruneda-Paz, PhD
Associate Professor of Cell & Developmental
Biology, University of California, San Diego

Melissa E.S. Richardson, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology,
Oakwood University

Frank A.J.L. Scheer, M.Sc., PhD
Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's
Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Nicholas J. Webster, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Chief Endocrinology
and Metabolism, University of California,
San Diego


Contact Pattie Stoughton for assistance.



Registration is open!

Early bird fees will end on January 21, 2024
This 3-day Symposium will begin on Wednesday at 1pm with a half-day afternoon session; on Thursday and Friday we will have full-day sessions beginning at 9:00am. On Friday evening after sessions, please join us for happy hour & the banquet dinner. Breakfast will be served at 8:30am on Thursday and Friday.
  • Registration includes 3-day symposium plus Friday evening happy hour & banquet dinner. Also includes daily refreshment breaks, and breakfast & lunch on Thursday and Friday.

Registration Types:

  • Student Registration - Students and Postdocs from all institutions (includes CCB trainees)
  • CCB Faculty Member - Official CCB Faculty membership (all who are listed on people pages on the CCB website)
  • Regular Registration - All other attendees
  • Banquet guest add-on - Add a guest for the closing banquet (be prepared to include guest name)

Registration Fees: 


Poster Session

We welcome our registered attendees to participate in a poster session to be held Thursday afternoon at 2:00pm. Priority for limited space will be given to students and postdocs. Four prizes will be awarded ($75 Amazon gift card); winners will be announced during the banquet dinner.

Sign-up information coming soon!


Poster prize winners of 2023

Congratulations! (Awardees are listed alphabetically)

Aida Coric
PhD student, Kristin Tessmar-Raible lab,
University of Vienna, Institute:
Max Perutz Labs

Title: Towards a molecular understanding of
moon-controlled timers: Linking the light
valence detector L-Cry to the circalunar clock
in the marine annelid Platynereis dumerilii

Samantha Iiams
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Joseph Takahashi lab, UT Southwestern
Medical Center

Title: The Impact of Circadian Aligned
Feeding/Fasting Cycles on Healthspan
and Longevity

Luísa Jabbur
PhD student, Carl Johnson lab,
Vanderbilt University

Title: Do bacteria care about the seasons?
Evidence of photoperiodic time-measurement
in cyanobacteria

Kanjana Laosuntisuk
Postdoc, Colleen Doherty lab,
North Carolina State University

Talk: Controlling for total RNA abundance
affects the identification of differentially
expressed genes revealing bias toward
morning-expressed responses


Contact Pattie Stoughton for assistance.

Network Awards

CCB will offer a limited number of scholarships to undergraduates, Masters, and PhD students whose activities and experiences contribute to expanding the diversity of scientists involved in biological rhythms research.

Submission details coming soon!



Sponsorship Information - An exciting event and opportunity

The Annual Symposium, hosted by the Center for Circadian Biology (CCB) at UC San Diego, brings together over 150 attendees for this 3-day event.

The symposium features an unparalleled breadth and depth of leading-edge research and groundbreaking biological timing discoveries in plants, animals and humans, and spans molecular biology to clinical applications. By sponsoring, you will join the Who’s Who in circadian research in this exciting venture and help us invent the future.

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To become a sponsor or learn more, please contact:

Pattie Stoughton -

Ana Minvielle -


Organizing Committee:

  • Susan Golden (CCB Director, Molecular Biology, UC San Diego)
  • Amir Zarrinpar (CCB Associate Director, Gastroenterology, UC San Diego)
  • Sonia Ancoli-Israel (Psychiatry, UC San Diego)
  • Stu Brody (Molecular Biology, UC San Diego)
  • William Joiner (Pharmacology, UC San Diego)
  • Katja Lamia (Scripps Research)
  • Atul Malhotra (Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, UC San Diego)
  • Michael McCarthy (Psychiatry, UC San Diego)
  • Satchin Panda (Salk Institute)
  • Jose Pruneda-Paz (Cell and Developmental Biology, UC San Diego)
  • Dorothy Sears (Endocrinology & Metabolism, UC San Diego)
  • Benjamin Smarr (Bioengineering, UC San Diego)
  • Karen Tonsfeldt (Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, UC San Diego)
  • David Welsh (Psychiatry, UC San Diego)

For additional information, please contact:

Pattie Stoughton
Research Administrator
Center for Circadian Biology (CCB)
University of California, San Diego


Many thanks to our generous sponsors of 2024