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Dr Akanksha Bafna 

Research Fellow in Biological Timing

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Dr Akanksha Bafna is Research Fellow in Biological Timing within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Career History

2014-Present: Research Fellow. University of Southampton, UK


Academic Qualifications

2011-2014: PhD in Genetics. University of Leicester, UK
2007-2009: Masters in Biotechnology. University of Mumbai, India
2004-2007: BSc in Biotechnology. University of Rajasthan, India




Research interests

Many organisms use circadian or daily clocks to fine tune their behavioural, physiological and metabolic processes. These organisms utilise the daily environmental light and temperature cycling to maintain the circadian rhythm. Circadian clocks have a complex relationship with temperature , as on one hand the clock is temperature compensated which means that their period under constant conditions is relatively temperature independent, while, on the other the daily rhythm can also change with temperature. I’m interested to study the mechanism underlying temperature compensation and temperature entrainment in animal clocks. Currently, I’m investigating the cis-regulatory sequence elements and trans factors responsible for temperature-driven transcription of core-clock gene, period, using the classical model organism, Drosophila melanogaster.

Research group

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Research project(s)

Temperature entrainment of the molecular circadian clock circuits in Drosophila

This project studies how temperature affects daily timekeeping in animals.


Dr Akanksha Bafna
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Room Number:85/4041

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