Namni Goel

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Research Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Department: Psychiatry

Contact information
Division of Sleep and Chronobiology
Unit for Experimental Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
1017 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Office: 215-898-1742
Fax: 215-573-6410
BA (Psychology; Anthropology)
University of California, Berkeley, 1992.
MS (Biological Psychology)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1994.
PhD (Biological Psychology)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1996.
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Description of Research Expertise

Circadian rhythms
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and nonseasonal depression
Light therapy
Characterization of individual differences

Description of Itmat Expertise

Dr. Goel investigates how physiological, behavioral and environmental factors affect sleep, circadian rhythms and mood. She also investigates the relationship between neurobehavioral measures and genetics, and the genes involved in differential vulnerability to sleep deprivation in humans.

Selected Publications

Basner, M., McGuire, S., Goel, N., Rao, H., Dinges, D.F. : A new likelihood ratio metric for the Psychomotor Vigilance Test and its sensitivity to sleep loss. Journal of Sleep Research 2015 doi: 10.1111/jsr.12322.

Spaeth, A.M., Dinges, D.F., Goel, N.: Phenotypic vulnerability of energy balance responses to sleep loss in healthy adults. Scientific Reports 5: 14920, 2015 doi: 10.1038/srep14920.

Fang, Z.,* Spaeth, A.M.,* Ma, N., Zhu, S., Hu, S., Goel, N., Detre, J.A., Dinges, D.F., Rao, H.: Altered salience network connectivity predicts macronutrient intake after sleep deprivation. Scientific Reports 5: 8215, 2015 *co-first authors.

Weljie, A.M.,* Meerlo, P.,* Goel, N., Sengupta, A., Kayser, M.S., Abel, T., Birnbaum, M.J., Dinges, D.F., Sehgal, A.: Oxalic acid and diacylglycerol 36:3 are cross-species markers of sleep loss. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 112: 2569-2574, 2015 *co-first authors.

Goel, N.,* Abe, T.,* Braun, M.E., Dinges, D.F.: Cognitive workload and sleep restriction interact to influence sleep homeostatic responses. (Subject of Editorial in SLEEP). SLEEP 37: 1745-1756, 2014 *co-first authors.

Pellegrino, R.,* Kavakli, I.H.,* Goel, N., Cardinale, C.J., Dinges, D.F., Kuna, S.T., Maislin, G., Van Dongen, H.P.A., Tufik, S., Hogenesch, J.B., Hakonarson, H., Pack, A.I.: A novel BHLHE41 variant is associated with short sleep and resistance to sleep deprivation in humans. SLEEP 37: 1327-1336, 2014 *co-first authors.

Spaeth, A.M., Dinges, D.F., Goel, N.: Sex and race differences in caloric intake during sleep restriction in healthy adults. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 100: 559-566, 2014.

Basner, M., Dinges, D.F., Mollicone, D., Ecker, A., Jones, C.W., Hyder, E.C., Di Antonio, A., Savelev, I., Kan, K., Goel, N., Morukov, B.V., Sutton, J.P. : Mars 520-d mission simulation reveals protracted crew hypokinesis and alterations of sleep duration and timing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110(7): 2635-2640, 2013.

Spaeth, A.M., Dinges, D.F., Goel, N.: Effects of sleep restriction on weight gain, caloric intake and meal timing in healthy adults. SLEEP 36: 981-990, 2013.

Goel, N., Banks, S., Lin, L., Mignot, E., Dinges, D.F.: Catechol-O-Methyltransferase Val158Met polymorphism associates with individual differences in sleep physiologic responses to chronic sleep loss. PLoS ONE 6(12): e29283, 2011.

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Last updated: 10/05/2015
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