Kristoffer Brandvold, a chemist at PNNL, has accepted a joint appointment at the Washington State University (WSU) College of Medicine in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. The appointment will further collaboration with WSU scientists and support research opportunities for joint graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows.
Brandvold is leading a joint WSU-PNNL team studying how gut microbes affect the timing of our internal body clock. PNNL researchers bring expertise in studying mechanisms of microbial action in cells and animal systems, while researchers at WSU are experts in studying sleep and performance in humans. For this partnership, Brandvold will develop synthetic probes that allow researchers to track cellular function following a change that alters circadian rhythms, such as timing of food intake.