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Investigating the Role of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Mental Health

Project by Polygence alum Sanjana

Investigating the Role of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Mental Health

Project's result

Publication in UCI x GATI Journal, Symposium of Rising Scholars

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Even though much is known about how the circadian clock works and how sleep is regulated, we don't know as much about how these relate to outside bodily processes. Mental health disorders are prevalent in society, but the current therapeutics do not offer long-lasting solutions. This project will put into conversation current findings in the sleep literature that connect mental health disorders and sleep. Ultimately, it would be beneficial to society if we can use sleep as a measure to assess risk for potential mental health disorders. Additionally, by understanding these connections, we can provide proactive solutions for these disorders.



Polygence mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Neuroscience, Biology


Drosophila melanogaster, Genetics, Neuroscience, Meiosis, circadian clocks, Proteomic Networks, -Omic databases





Leland High School

Graduation Year


Project review

“The support of the mentor and the ease of communication met my expectations.”

About my mentor

“My mentor was extremely helpful in guiding me through the paper-writing process and consistently helped me develop the paper both during and outside of our sessions.”