What does light tell the biological clock in neurochemical and molecular terms?

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Dr. Diego Golombek: Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

“I first became interested in science when I met some brilliant professors at the University. They, together with my schoolmates at the School of Biology, slowly got me interested in science and an experimental approach to scientific knowledge. I studied at the School of Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires and started my own lab when I returned from my post-docs at the University of Toronto and Smith College.

I am currently working on circadian rhythms: What does light tell the biological clock in neurochemical and molecular terms? I became interested in this topic when I realized that you could study the concept of time from a biological point of view. Time and timing has always fascinated me.

This issue affects everybody! Contemporary society usually neglects the concept of circadian rhythms and we literally work against the clock which certainly results in a lower quality of life and higher incidence of illness. The results of my work will help the increasing population of shift workers, airline passengers suffering from jetlag, people with circadian sleep disorders, blind people, and students.

Professionally, I am most proud of having created a sort of chronobiology school in my country and a laboratory where
lots of students enjoy their work and learn the basics of biomedical research. In 10 years, I hope to be able to help establish a solid neuroscience school in Argentina, as well as increase participation in public communication of science activities.

The equipment from Seeding Labs helped me to perform experiments in a more comfortable way and to realize that it is possible to find solidarity in science.

I have been engaged in journalism since I was 15, and in the last 10 years have worked a lot in scientific journalism. I publish a science book series that is very successful in Latin America and wrote several books in science and fiction. I have also hosted several TV shows (for local and international channels, including the Discovery Channel), and currently host ‘Project G,’ a show on everyday science. Finally, I organize a science camp for teenagers through the country.”

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