Oscar Castanon-Cervantes, Ph.D., M.S.

Oscar Castanon-Cervantes, Ph.D., M.S. 

Assistant Professor


Phone: (404) 752-1561
E-mail: ocastanon-cervantes@msm.edu


Neurobiology Institute, (UNAM)
Postdoctoral fellow

University of Virginia
Postdoctoral fellow

Morehouse School of Medicine
Research Associate


University of Mexico (UNAM) 
Degree: Master of Science (Animal Biology), 1996.

University of Mexico (UNAM)
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Biology), 1999.

Morehouse School of Medicine
Degree: Master of Science in Clinical Research, 2019.


University of Mexico (UNAM)
Degree: Bachelor of Science (Biology Major), 1993.

Research Interests

Causes and health consequences of environmental circadian disruption in animal models and shift work in humans.

Clinical Interests

Pathologies highly prevalent in shift workers (diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease & cancer).


  • Castanon-Cervantes O, Wu M, Ehlen JC, Paul K, Gamble KL, Johnson RL, Besing RC, Menaker M, Gewirtz AT, Davidson AJ. “Dysregulation of inflammatory responses by chronic circadian disruption”. J Immunol. 185(10): 5796-805. 2010.
  • Rahman SA, Castanon-Cervantes O, Scheer FA, Shea SA, Czeisler CA, Davidson AJ, Lockley SW. Endogenous circadian regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines in the presence of bacterial lipopolysaccharide in humans. Brain Behav. Immun. S0889-1591 (14) 00518-2. 2014.
  • Evans JA, Leise TL, Castanon-Cervantes O, Davidson AJ. Neural correlates of individual differences in circadian behaviour. Proc Biol Sci. 2015 Jul 7;282(1810).
  • Stowie A, Ellis I, Adams K, Castanon-Cervantes O, Davidson AJ. A reductionist, in vitro model of environmental circadian disruption demonstrates SCN-independent and tissue-specific dysregulation of inflammatory responses. PLoS One. 2019 May 28;14(5): e0217368.
  • Ramsey AM, Stowie A, Castanon-Cervantes O, Davidson AJ. Environmental Circadian Disruption Increases Stroke Severity and Dysregulates Immune Response. J Biol Rhythms. 2020;35(4):368-376.

Honors and Awards

  • “Alfonso Caso” Medal recipient, as the best doctoral graduate of class 1999. (UNAM, MEXICO).
  • National Researcher (MEXICO) Level 1 from 2000 to 2007 (CONACyT, MEXICO).
  • Phase II Scholar. Clinical Research and Career Development (CRECD) Program. 2017 – 2020. National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.