Randy J. Nelson

Distinguished University Professor and Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching at The Ohio State University

Randy J. Nelson is a Distinguished University Professor and holds the Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching at The Ohio State University. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience. He is the recipient of the Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award and University Distinguished Scholar Award. Dr. Nelson earned his A.B. degree in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He simultaneously earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Endocrinology from the University of California, Berkeley, then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive physiology at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Nelson served on the faculty at The Johns Hopkins University for fifteen years before moving to Columbus. He has published over 400 research articles and several books describing studies in biological rhythms, sleep, behavioral endocrinology, and immune function. His current research focuses on the role of light at night in disrupting circadian organization of hormones, brain, and behavior.

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