Department of Neuroscience

NelsonRandyDistinguished University Professor
Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience
Dr. John D. and E. Olive Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching

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4084 Graves Hall
333 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-688-8327
Fax: 614-688-8742

Administrative Associate: Michelle Semer

Research Lab: Nelson Lab

Research Interests: 

  • Biological rhythms
  • Sleep
  • Neuroinflammation
  • Behavioral endocrinology

Current Research: Effects of light at night on circadian organization of physiology and behavior.

Active Funding:
R01 R01ES015146 (Rajagopalan; Nelson Co-I) – Air pollution and hypertension: vascular mechanisms
R01 MH103361 (Obrietan; Nelson Co-I) – Hippocampal cellular rhythms
NSF 1354612 (Obrietan; Nelson Co-I) – Integrative organismal biology
NSF IOS-11-18792 (Nelson) – Effects of light at night on immune function
R01 NS092388 (Nelson, DeVries) – Adverse consequences of light at night for cerebral ischemia
R21CA191846 (Nelson) – The effects of chemotherapy on sleep
R21 CA202745 (Nelson) Dim light at night alters pancreatic cell signaling and predisposes to pancreatic adenocarcinoma.  

PhD: Endocrinology, University of California
PhD: Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

Postdoctoral fellowship: University of Texas, Austin

1997-2015 Editorial Board Member: Behavioral Neuroscience; Brain, Behavior and Immunity, Physiology & Behavior, International Journal of Zoology, Hormones & Behavior, Journal of Biological Rhythms; Associate Editor: Journal of Experimental Biology A, Hormones and Behavior.
2002-2007 Member Advisory Board: Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.
2005 Elected Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 6.
2006 Elected Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
2006 Distinguished Scholar Award, Ohio State University
2007 Elected Fellow, Animal Behavior Society
2008 Recipient OSU Psychology Department Fred Brown Research Award
2009 Recipient OSU Distinguished Lecture Award
2009 Recipient OSU Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award
2009 Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching, Ohio State University Medical Center
2011 Distinguished Professor, Ohio State College of Medicine
2011-2015 Member Advisory Committee: Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.
2013 Distinguished University Professor, Ohio State University
2015 Howard Bern Memorial Lecture
2016 Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

Editorial Activities:
Behavioral Neuroscience
Brain, Behavior and Immunity
Hormones & Behavior
(Associate Editor)
International Journal of Zoology
Journal of Biological Rhythms
Journal of Experimental Biology (Associate Editor)
Physiology & Behavior


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