SATCHINDANANDA PANDA, PhD
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Professor, Regulatory Biology Laboratory,
Satchin Panda is a professor in the Regulatory Biology Department at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He is interested in understanding the molecular mechanism of the biological clock. The biological clock or circadian oscillator in most organisms coordinates behavior and physiology with the natural light-dark cycle. His laboratory uses genetic, genomics and biochemical approaches to identify genes under circadian regulation in different organs and to understand the mechanism of such regulation. His lab also tries to characterize the mechanism by which the circadian oscillator is synchronized to the natural light-dark condition. Both classical rod/cone photoreceptors and a newly identified ocular photopigment melanopsin participate in photoentrainment of the clock. Research in his lab is geared towards identifying molecular components and events critical for transmitting light information from the eye to the master oscillator in the brain. Satchin is the author of popular book, “The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy and Sleep Well Every Night”.
He earned his bachelor's degree from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, PhD from the Scripps Research Institute in California, and completed his postdoctoral studies at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, San Diego.