Leibniz MMS Days 2017 - Abstract

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Research on Circadian Rhythms: Contributions from Mathematical Modeling and Data Analysis.

Daily ("circadian") rhythms are of great importance for animal and plant physiology. Such rhythms are generated by an inner clock, which operates at the cellular level. This clock becomes synchronized to the environment through various cues, such as light and feeding. We outline recent examples of how mathematical modeling and data analysis have contributed to recent key insights about animal circadian clocks, and how such insights can be exploited in applied animal physiology research.