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Mr Jonathan Charles Anns BSc

Postgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences

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Jonathan Anns is a Postgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

In 2019, Jonathan graduated with BSc Biomedical Science (First Class) from the University of Southampton. From Oct 2018–Apr 2019, he undertook his final year research project with Herman Wijnen, where he worked on the temperature entrainment of the circadian clock. In Singapore Jul–Sep 2019, he did a lab attachment as a SIPGA awardee. He was awarded an ARAP scholarship from A*STAR (Singapore), with which he will pursue his doctoral research in the lab of Dr Wijnen at the University of Southampton and Dr Claridge-Chang at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Singapore. He will be located in Singapore from the second half of 2020.

2019-present: PhD studentship in Biological Sciences. University of Southampton, UK

Summer 2019: SIPGA lab attachment at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Singapore

2016-2019: BSc Biomedical Sciences. University of Southampton, UK

Research interests

Sleep is known to be a vital behavioural state across the whole animal kingdom, however the underlying function has remained unclear. Work using the model organism Drosophila melanogaster has uncovered many of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying sleep and has shown that sleep/wake rhythms are under the control of conserved neural circuits. While parts of the neural circuitry have been worked out, there is no unifying model of control. This can, in part, be ascribed to the poor definition of sleep. Sleep in Drosophila is defined by the adoption of a sleep pose with an elevated sensory threshold, which has been associated with >5minutes of inactivity in simple beam-breaking assays. My research aims to define sleep in a more positive manner using high quality behavioural tracking and machine learning techniques, alongside identifying patterns of brain activity that associate with sleep.

Supervisors: Dr Herman Wijnen & Dr Adam Claridge-Chang & Dr M Vargas-Caballero

PhD Research: Linking sleep to patterns of brain activity in the genetic model organism Drosophila melanogaster

Funding: University of Southampton & ARAP scholarship

Research group

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Affiliate research groups

Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS), , Neuroscience Group (SoNG), Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, A*STAR, Singapore

Mr Jonathan Charles Anns
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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