Professor Moore will describe the significance of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He gave an incredible, well-illustrated talk this Fall which we wanted to share with you. The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young for their elucidation of the molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythm. Their pioneering work in Drosophila uncovered the internal oscillators, or clocks, that synchronize cellular metabolism and organismal behavior to the light/dark cycle to generate biological rhythms with 24 hour periodicity.
Professor Michael C. Moore is an integrative systems biologist working at the interface between behavior, neuroscience, physiology and ecology. He is interested in the reproductive biology of vertebrates, especially the neuroendocrine regulation of reproduction and reproductive behavior. He studies natural populations of free-living animals, because many natural social behaviors are only seen in wild animals. He is currently interested in how the endocrine system regulates tradeoffs between investments in immune function and in reproduction in two species of wild birds.