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Jay Dunlap

Class of 2012-13

Jay Dunlap
Jay Dunlap

Dartmouth College
National Academy of Sciences
American Association for the Advancement of Science

A member of the National Academy of Sciences and is best known for his research on the molecular basis of biological clocks, including their synchronization to environmental light-dark cycles and their regulation of daily rhythms in physiology, metabolism, and behavior.

Jay C. Dunlap holds the Nathan Smith Chair in the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He is professor of genetics and biochemistry and chairman of the Department of Genetics, which he founded in 1999.

Dunlap earned his doctorate in biology from Harvard University in 1979, and his postdoctorate in genetics from the University of California in 1983.

Dunlap has authored and co-authored more than 150 research papers, as well as a widely used textbook on biological clocks, Chronobiology: Biological Timekeeping. In addition to receiving a 1998 National Institutes of Health Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award, his research has been recognized with the Honma International Prize for Biological Rhythms Research (1991), the Genetics Society of America’s Robert L. Metzenberg Award (2005), and the George W. Beadle Medal (2009). He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2010) along with the American Academy of Microbiology (2010).

Dunlap arrived in November 2012, and offered the inaugural public lecture in the Eminent Scholar Lecture Series shortly after his arrival. As a TIAS Faculty Fellow, Dunlap was closely affiliated with Texas A&M’s world-renowned Center for Biological Clocks Research, as well as the Program for the Biology of Filamentous Fungus. His research and administrative experience enhanced the impact of both groups at the national and international levels; provided contacts and practical advice for increasing the recognition of Texas A&M faculty who study circadian rhythms and filamentous fungi; forged long-term collaborations with laboratories at Texas A&M; and inspired faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and students through public lectures and one-on-one interactions during his time on the Texas A&M campus. Dunlap collaborated with Matthew Sachs, professor of biology; Deborah Bell-Pedersen, professor of biology; and Paul Hardin, distinguished professor of biology, in the College of Science.

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