Dr. Satchidananda (Satchin) Panda is a leading expert in the field of circadian rhythm research. He was born and raised in India and migrated to the United States for his higher studies. He joined the graduate program at the Scripps Research Institute in California, where he studied the circadian oscillator mechanism in plants and after receiving his PhD in 2001, he pursued postdoctoral research in Dr. John Hogenesch's lab at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, San Diego.
His research focuses on how circadian clocks in every organ and brain region work together to orchestrate the optimum timing for gene functions. He also studies how our daily habits or our environment affect circadian clocks. His research has led him to make several notable contributions to the field of chronobiology. In particularly he established that ‘time restricted feeding’ can be pivotal to preventing or curing metabolic disease and avoiding the chronic diseases of old age. He also discovered the pathways by which blue light affects our circadian clock, regulating mood and sleep patterns.
He is a Professor at the Salk Institute and a founding executive member of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Panda is also a Pew Scholar and a recipient of the The Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research.
Dr. Panda is the author of the book “The Circadian Code”.