J. Christopher Ehlen, Ph.D.

J. Christopher Ehlen, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor


Location: Multidisciplinary Research Center F14
Phone: (404) 752-1826
E-mail: jehlen@msm.edu


Georgia State University

Kent State University
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Physiology  

University at Albany, State University of New York
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

Research Interests

My current research focuses on: 1) understanding the mechanistic role of sleep in the neuronal circuits that regulate resilience to social stress; 2) elucidating the neuronal mechanisms responsible for regulating sleep need and identifying the genes involved in this mechanism. 


  • Ehlen, J.C., Brager, A.J., Baggs, J., Pinckney, L., Gray, C.L., DeBruyne, J.P., Esser, K.E., Takahashi, J.S., Paul, K.N. (2017) Bmal1 function in skeletal muscle regulates sleep. eLife. e26557. PMID: 28726633
  • Brager, A.J., Heemstra, L., Bhambra, R., Ehlen, J.C., Esser, K.A., Paul, K.N., Novak, C.M. (2017) Homeostatic effects of exercise and sleep on metabolic processes in mice with an overexpressed skeletal muscle clock. Biocheme 32, 161-165. PMID: 27916643.
  • Ehlen, J.C.*, Jones, K.A.*, Pinckney, L, Gray, C.L., Burette, S., Weinberg, R.J., Evans, J.A., Brager, A.J., Zylka, M.J., Paul, K.N, Philpot, B.D., DeBruyne, J.P. (2015) Maternal Ube3a loss disrupts sleep homeostasis but leaves circadian rhythmicity largely intact. The Journal of Neuroscience. 35 (40): 13587-13598. PMID: 4595617.
  • Hummer, D.L., Ehlen, J.C., Larkin, T.E., McNeill, J.K., Pamplin, J.R., Walker, C.A., Walker, P.V., Dhanraj, D.R., Albers, H.E. (2015) Sustained activation of GABAA receptors in the suprachiasmatic nucleus mediates light-induced phase delays of the circadian clock: a novel function of ionotropic receptors. European Journal of Neuroscience. European Journal of Neuroscience 42(2), 1830-1838. PMID: 25865743.
  • Ehlen J.C., Jefferson F, Brager A.J., Benveniste, M.J., Paul, K.N. (2013) Period-amplitude analysis reveals wake-dependent changes in the electroencephalogram during sleep deprivation. SLEEP 2013; 36(11):1723-1735. PMID: 24179307.