Short CV/Education and training

  • 1979
    Bachelors degree, Middlebury College in Biology

  • 1991
    Ph.D., Tufts University Medical School in Immunology

  • 1991 – 1996
    Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Dartmouth Medical School – in Chronobiology

  • 1996 – 2002
    Scientific Staff, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

  • 2001
    Habilitation, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Chronobiology and Medical Psychology

  • 2002 – 2004
    Associate Professor, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

  • 2004 – 2006
    Tenure Track Professor, University of Groningen

  • Since 2006
    Full Professor of Molecular and Genetic Chronobiology, University of Groningen

  • Since 2012
    Chair, Institute for Medical Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Selected publications

  • Edgar RS, Green EW, Zhao Y, van Ooijen G, Olmedo M, Qin X, Xu Y, Pan M, Valekunja UK, Feeney KA, Maywood ES, Hastings MH, Baliga NS, Merrow M, Millar AJ, Johnson CH, Kyriacou CP, O'Neill JS, Reddy AB. (2012) Peroxiredoxins are conserved markers of circadian rhythms. Nature 485(7399):459-64. doi: 10.1038/nature11088.

  • Merrow, M. (2010) Journal Club. A chronobiologist makes sense of circadian dysfunction in illness. Nature 467(7312):135.

  • Eelderink-Chen, Z., Mazzotta, G., Sturre, M., Bosman, J., Roenneberg, T., and Merrow, M. (2010) A circadian clock in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. P.N.A.S. doi:10.1073/pnas.0907902107.

  • Roenneberg, T., Dragovic, Z. and Merrow, M. (2005) Demasking biological oscillators: Properties and principles of entrainment exemplified by the Neurospora circadian clock. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 102:7742-7747.

  • Roenneberg, T. & Merrow, M. (2005) Circadian clocks – the fall and rise of physiology. Nature Reviews Molecular and Cell Biology 6:965-971.

  • Roenneberg, T., Kuehnle, T., Pramstaller, P.P., Ricken, J., Havel, M., Guth, A. & Merrow, M. (2004) A marker for the end of adolescence. Current Biology 14:1038-1039.

  • Tan,Y., Dragovic, Z., Roenneberg, T. & Merrow, M. (2004). Entrainment dissociates transcription and translation of a circadian clock gene in Neurospora. Current Biology 14:433-438.

  • Dragovic, Z., Tan, Y., Goerl, M., Roenneberg, T. & Merrow, M. (2002). Circadian behavior and light reception in "clock-less" and ?blind? mutants of Neurospora crassa. EMBO Journal. 21: 3643-3651.

  • Merrow, M., M. Brunner and T. Roenneberg (1999) Assignment of circadian function for the Neurospora clock gene frequency. Nature. 399: 584-586.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chair, Lorentz Center, Leiden, NL

  • Coordinator, OnTime (Dutch consortium for applied chronobiology research, funded by the STW)

  • Board of Directors, Dutch CTR

  • Deputy Coordinator, EUCLOCK

  • Scientific Advisory Board, ClockWork

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • SABs


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