Kenkichi Baba, Ph.D., M.S. 


Pharmacology & Toxicology

Location: Research Wing 303
Phone: 404-756-8978


Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Jacksonville State University
Degree: Master of Science in Applied Psychology with emphasis in Physiological Psychology           

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with emphasis in Health Psychology

Research Interests

Circadian biology

Ocular physiology

Melatonin/melatonin receptor

GPCR signaling


Bryson WJ, Bryson TL, Baba K & Mastin DF. (2001). Sleep hygiene, daytime sleepiness, and chronotypology in young adults. Sleep, 24, A196-A197.

Baba K, Bryson TL, Mastin DF, Pilgreen KL & Bryson WJ. (2002). Daily caffeine consumption, daytime sleepiness, and chronotypology. Sleep, 25, A427. 

Nishide S, Honma S, Nakajima Y, Ikeda M, Baba K, Omiya Y & Honma K. (2006) New reporter system for Per1 and Bmal1 expression revealed self-sustained circadian rhythms in peripheral tissues. Gene to Cells. , 11, 1173-1182. 

Baba K, Ono D, Honma S & Honma K. (2008) A TTX sensitive local circuit is involved in the expression of PK2 and BDNF circadian rhythms in the mouse suprachiasmatic nucleus. Eur J Neurosci. , 27, 909-916. 

Baba K, Pozdeyev N, Mazzoni F, Contreras-Alcantara S, Liu C, Kasamatsu M, Martinez-Merlos T, Strettoi E, Iuvone PM & Tosini G. (2009) Melatonin modulates visual function and cell viability in the mouse retina via the MT1 melatonin receptor. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A., 106, 15043-15048. 

Contreras-Alcantara S, Baba K & Tosini G. (2010) Removal of melatonin receptor type 1 induces insulin resistance in the mouse. Obesity, 18, 1861-1863. 

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Honors and Awards

Travel Award-the 25th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies; Seattle, Washington.

Travel Award- Itoh Foundation; Sapporo, Japan

Trainee Award- the World sleep 07, the 5th congress of the World Federation of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies; Cairns, Australia.

Trainee Award- Markers for eye disease; Nashville, Tennessee

Travel Award- FASEB Summer Research Conference; Snowmass, Colorado

Trainee Award-Gordon Research Conference, Galveston, Texas

Travel Award- FASEB Summer Research Conference; Niagara Fall, New York