Joke Meijer


  • Professor
  • Neurophysiology



Name:Johanna Hendrika Meijer
Office Visiting address:Einthovenweg 20
Building 2, room T-05-003
Postal address:Department of Neurophysiology
Leiden University Medical Center
P.O.BOX 9600
Postzone S1-P
2300 RC Leiden
The Netherlands


 Personal website


Born: 26 March, 1959, The Hague, The Netherlands

Three children: born in 1991, 1992 and 1995



Doctoral exam in ‘Neurophysiology and Neuropharmacology’ cum laude. This free study-direction was followed at the Biology, Physics and Medical departments, Leiden, at the Pharmacology department, Nottingham University, England, and at the Psychology department, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

Additional specialization:1.) Philosophy of Science
2.) Scientific Correspondence

1985-1989 Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, cum laude.

Work was carried out in collaboration with:

  • Dr. G.A. Groos and Prof. W.J. Rietveld at the department of Physiology, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • Prof. B. Rusak and Dr. M. Harrington at the department of Psychology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
  • Dr. R. Mason at the department of Pharmacology, Nottingham University, England.
  • Prof. S. Daan and Prof. P. Luiten at the Biological Center, Kerklaan 30, Haren, The Netherlands.

Postdoctoral Training:

1989-1992 Fellowship of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW grant).

Work address: Department of Neurophysiology, Leiden and Biological Center, 
Kerklaan 30, Haren, The Netherlands.

Work Experience:

  • 1992-2001 Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, LUMC, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • 2001-2007 Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, LUMC, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • 2007-present Full Professor, Department of Physiology, LUMC, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • 2013-present: Visiting Professorship Oxford Univ, Nuffield Lab of Ophalmology and Clinical Neuroscience, Oxford, GB.

Honors and Awards:

  • 1985 Doctoral exam, with honors.
  • 1989 PhD, with honors.
  • 1989 Fellowship of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.
  • 1993 “Aschoff’s rule, a prize for eminent contributions in Chronobiology supporting the interdisciplinary spirit of the field”.
  • 1999 ‘Best teacher’ award for the period 1994-1999 of the study “BioPharmaceutical Sciences”.
  • 2003 Nature Neuroscience, News and Views ‘Sleep and circadian rhythms: do sleep centers talk back to the clock?’ by C. Colwell and S. Michel. This paper was written to highlight our publication of deBoer et al, Nat. Neurosci. 2003.
  • 2005 Current Biology, Commentary. Circadian biology: clocks within clocks, by A Loudon and H.D. Piggins. This paper was written to highlight our publication of Albus et al, Current Biology 2005.
  • 2008 Science selects Hampp et al, Current Biology 18, 2008, as the most interesting publication in the Neurosciences, and highlighted it with a commentary.
  • 2009 Article entitled ‘Ticking Clocks in Leiden’, LabTimes (2009). Highlight of our publication in PLoSONE 2009.
  • 2012 Elected Member at Large of the Society for Biological Rhythm Research.
  • 2012 Research highlight in Nature Neuroscience of our paper: van Oosterhout et al, Current Biol. 2012.
  • 2013 Editorial on deBoer et al, Sleep 2013, by A. Luthi, entitled ‘The Adenosine Story Goes Ionic: Ca(V)2.1-type Ca(2+) Channels Identified as Effectors of Adenosine's Somnogenic Actions.’
  • 2013 Editorial on Coomans et al, Diabetes 2013
  • 2013 Cover paper by Coomans et al in FASEB J 2013
  • 2013-present: Visiting professorship Oxford University.
  • 2014-present: Member of the Koninklijke Hollandse Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (Royal Dutch Society of Sciences)
  • 2014 Highlight in Nature of Meijer and Robbers, Proc Royal Acad Science
  • 2016 Aschoff and Honma Prize in Biological Rhythm Research (International Selection Committee, chaired by Dr. Takao Kondo)

Research Support:

  • 2018-2022 ALW grant, NWO
    • Title: An Ancient Clock Facing Modern Times; an Investigation in a Diurnal Species
    • Pi: J.H. Meijer / co-Pi: JHT Rohling
    • Amount of money received: 282.000
  • 2018-2022 Velux Stiftung – PhD and postdoc position
    • Title: The circadian clock in day-active species: preserving our health in modern society
    • Pi: J.H. Meijer / co-Pi:, C. Coomans
    • Amount of money received: 392.000
  • 2018-2022 IDEX-doctorant 2018 – PhD position
    • Title:  Circadian system of diurnal/nocturnal rodents: role of arousal systems
    • Pi: J.H. Meijer, Sylvie Raison, Leiden Univ/Strasbourg Univ
    • Amount of money received: +/- 300.00
  • 2018-2019 Leiden University Program, position electronic engineer
    • Title: Light emitting device for stimulation within the fMRI 7 Tesla set up
    • PI: J.H. Meijer / PI: T. van Osch
    • Amount of money received: 54:000
  • 2017-2020 Velix Stiftung postdoc position
    • Aging of the circadian system
    • Pi: S. Michel/ co-Pi: J.H. Meijer, T. deBoer, JHT Rohling
    • Amount of money received:  275.000
  • 2014-2018 Diabetes Fonds postdoc position
    • The effect of dysregulation of the central clock on the development of obesity ans insulin resistance
    • Pi: C. Coomans/ co-Pi: J.H. Meijer
    • Amount of money received: 275.000
  • 2013-2014: EFSD
    • Targeting brown adipose tissue activity as therapy for obesity and diabetes resulting from circadian dysregulation
    • PI Coomans
    • Received: € 100.000
  • 2012- 2016 NWO grant, PhD position for school teachers
    • Title:'Seasonal Fluctuations in Circadian Rhythms of Natural Populations of Mice
    • 'PI: candidate, drs Y Robbers/ promoter: JH Meijer PI: JH Meijer.
    • Amount of money received: Received: 185.000
  • 2011-2016 STW grant, NWO
    • Title: ONTIME: How to fix a (broken) circadian clockPI: M.Merrow. Total budget 6.300.000,- euro
    • Role: co-PI. Leiden receives 1.2900.000 euro
  • 2011-2015 Top Go grant, NWO.
    • Title: Function and Failure of the circadian system
    • (749.100,00 euro)
    • PI: JH Meijer, co-PI: van der Horst and Michel
  • 2011-2016 STW grant, NWO
    • Title: ONTIME: How to fix a (broken) circadian clock
    • PI: M.Merrow. Total budget 6.300.000,- euro
    • Role: co-PI. Leiden receives 1.2900.000 euro
  • 2011-2015 Top Go grant, NWO.
    • Title: Function and Failure of the circadian system
    • (749.100,00 euro)
    • PI: JH Meijer, co-PI: van der Horst and Michel
  • 2010-2014 Compexity grant, NWO,
    • Title: The neuronal network organization of the biological clock.
    • (361.270,00 euro; 1 PhD position, 0.6 postdoc position)
    • PI: JH Meijer, co-PI: J.H.T.Rohling and S. Gielen
  • 2010-2014 Welcome Trust grant, England.
    • Title: Melanopsin signaling: phototransduction, behavioral regulation and clinical relevance.
    • (1.799.448,00 pound)
    • PI R. Foster, participant,
    • Role: co-PI. 1 PhD position for Meijer
  • 2009-2011 Productschap Zuivel, afdeling dierengezondheid en welzijn, (MV08LU27)
    • Title: De invloed van stalverlichting op gezondheid, welzijn en melkproductie van de koe.
    • (334.000 euro, including 2-year postdoc position)
    • Role: PI
  • 2009-2012 NWO, ALW,
    • Title: Sleep deprivation and the ticking of the clock.
    • (195.355. euro, 3-year post doc position)
    • Role: co-PI
  • 2008-2009
    • Title: A chronopharmacological approach to investigate whether cytochrome P450 enzymes, which have a major function in drug metabolism, show circadian rhythmicity
    • (100.000 euro, including postdoc and technician, granted by LUMC funding).
    • Role: PI
  • 2005-2010 EU, Integrated Project, Sixth framework programme, Priority LSH-2004-1.1.5-4, Life Science and Health
    • Title: 'Entrainment of the circadian clock-EUCLOCK', proposal 018741 (grant includes one PhD and one postdoc position)
    • Role: Workpackage leader and participant
    • (PI: Prof. Dr. T. Roenneberg, Munich, Germany)
    • Meijer received: 527.000
  • 2004-2008 NWO, The Netherlands programme grant (extended grant for 2 PhD positions)
    • Title: ‘From Molecule to Cell’ Analysis and modelling of the circadian pacemaker at the cellular level.
    • Meijer received: 400.000
    • Role: PI
  • 2002-2006 NWO , The Netherlands (grant for PhD positions)
    • Title: Role of the opioid receptor for the circadian timing system of the hamster.
    • Received: 185.000
    • Role: PI
  • 2001-2005 NWO, Aspasia programm, awarded by LUMC,  The Netherlands (PhD included)
    • Title: The circadian timing system: organization and function in rodents.
    • Role: PI
  • 2001-2005 Virginia University, Charlottesville, VA, USA
    • Title: Yearly support of 50.000 euro for in vitro electrophysiology in SCN slices.
    • Role: PI
  • 2000-2004 NWO , The Netherlands (grant for 4-year post-doc position)
    • Title: Control of behaviour by the suprachiasmatic nucleus.
    • Received: 185.000
    • Role: PI
  • 2000-2002 NWO , The Netherlands (Dutch Hungarian research collaboration)
    • Title: Circadian rhythms and sleep.
    • Received: 50.000
    • Role: PI
  • 1997-2001 NWO, The Netherlands, programme grant  (extended grant for 2 PhD positions, and one postdoc)
    • Title: Neurons of the mammalian Circadian Pacemaker: Cellular and Network Properties.
    • Collaborative project with Dr. M. Gerkema, Biological Center, Haren.
    • Received: 400.000
    • Role: co-PI
  • 1997 NWO , The Netherlands
    • Title: Circadian Rhythms and Sleep. 3-months visiting grant for Dr. L Detari, Budapest, Hungary.
    • Received: 30.000
    • Role: PI
  • 1995-1997 NWO , The Netherlands
    • Title: 2-year visiting grant for Dr. K. Watanabe, Dokkyo Univ. School of Medicine, Japan.
    • Received: 50.000
    • Role: PI
  • 1990-1994 NWO , The Netherlands (grant for PhD positions)
    • Title: Photic entrainment of the circadian pacemaker in rodents.
    • Received: 185.000
    • Role: PI
  • 1989-1992 Royal Academy of Sciences, The Netherlands, KNAW fellowship
    • Title: Electrophysiological characteristics of the circadian pacemaker of the suprachiasmatic nuclei.
    • Received: 250.000
    • Role: PI

Invited Lectures (International)

  • 1988 Lecture at the International Society Pharmacology, Munchen, Germany.
  • 1989 Lecture at the NICHD Conference on ‘Suprachiasmatic Nucleus: The Mind’s Clock’, Washington, USA.
  • 1989 Lecture at the Gordon Research Conference Chronobiology, Plymouth, NH, USA.
  • 1990 Lecture at Second Meeting of the Society Research Biological Rhythms, SRBR Amelia Island, FL, USA.
  • 1991 Plenary lecture at the conference Philippe Laudat ‘Neurobiology of circadian and seasonal rhythms, Animal and Clinical Studies’, Strasbourg, France.
  • 1991 Lecture at the Gordon Research Conference: Chronobiology, Irsee, Germany.
  • 1992 Lecture at the ERASMUS European Chronobiology course, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 1995 Lecture Summerschool Brain Research Institute NIH, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 1995 Lecture European Neuroscience Association (ENA), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 1996 Lecture at the 7th International Conference on Chronopharmacology and Chronotherapeutics, Heidelberg, Germany.
  • 1998 Lecture at the FASEB conference on Circadian Timing Systems in Mammals, Snowmass, USA.
  • 2001 Lecture at the Gordon Conference on Chronobiology, Salva Regina University, Newport, RI, USA.
  • 2003 Lecture at the University of Virginia, Center for Biological Timing, Charlottesville, VA, USA.
  • 2003 Lecture at the Gordon Research Conference, Barga (Lucca), Italy.
  • 2003 Lecture at the First World Congress of Chronobiology, Sapporo, Japan.
  • 2004 Lecture at the Associated Professional Sleep Society, Philadelphia, USA.
  • 2004 Plenary lecture at the Swiss Society for Sleep Research, Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology, Basel, Swiss.
  • 2005 Lecture at the 9th Berlin Colloquium of the Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz Foundation, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2005 Lecture at the Gordon Research Conference, Rhode Island, USA.
  • 2005 Lecture at the SOCRATES Summer School for Chronobiology, Groningen, The Netherlands.
  • 2005 Chair Summerschool Brain Research Institute NIH, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2005 Lecture at the EBRS conference, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 2005 Lecture of the 7th International Congress of Polish Neuroscience Society, Krakow, Poland.
  • 2005 Lecture at the Department of Neurohumoral Regulations, Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • 2006 Lecture at the European Society for Human Genetics ESHG , Amsterdam
  • 2006 Lecture at the Institute for Theoretical Biology, Charité Medical Center, Berlin Germany
  • 2006 Lecture at the Second Meeting of the Society Research Biological Rhythms, SRBR, Conference at Sandestin, Florida, USA
  • 2006 Lecture at the 23rd Conference of European Comparative Endocrinologists, Manchester, England
  • 2006 Lecture at the Institut de Neurobiologie, Alfred Fessard bat., Paris, France
  • 2007 Lecture at the 7th meeting of the German Neuroscience Society, Goettingen, Germany
  • 2007 Lecture at the Gordon Research Conference, Centre Paul Langevin, France
  • 2008 Lecture at the Institute of Physiology Academy of Sciences, in the honour of the retirement of Prof. H. Illnerova, Director of the Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2008 Lecture at the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms, SRBR, Florida, USA
  • 2009 Plenary lecture at the EBRS conference, Strasbourg, France
  • 2010 Lecture at the “Lorentz Center Meeting, Leiden, the Netherlands.
  • 2011 Lecture at the Symposium Strasbourg, France
  • 2011 Lecture the the Gordon conference on Chronobiology, Italy
  • 2011 Invited plenary lecture at the EBRS conference, Oxford, England
  • 2012 Plenary Avant Diner lecture at the SFC (French society for circadian rhythms), Tours, France
  • 2013 Lecture at the Gordon Research Conference, Rhode Island, USA.
  • 2013 Invited plenary lecture and chair at the EBRS conference, Munchen, Germany
  • 2013 Lecture at the Lorentz Center Meeting: Clinical relevance of circadian rhythms
  • 2013 Plenary lecture at Workshop Neurex: The mysterious world of clocks, Strassbourg, France
  • 2014 SRBR San Diego
  • 2014 organization session and lecture at the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms, SRBR, Montana, USA
  • 2014 lecture at Summerschool Chronobiology, Oxford University
  • 2015 Lecture at the Gordon Conference on Chronobiology, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2015 session at Summerschool Chronobiology, Oxford University
  • 2015: Named Ariens Kappers lecture, European Society for Rhythm Research, Manchester
  • 2016 plenary lecture at International Complexity Conference, Amsterdam; Emerging properties in the neuronal network of the circadian pacemaker
  • 2016: session at summerschool Chronobiology, Oxford University
  • 2016: ESRS (European Sleep Research Society), Bologna. Plenary lecture
  • 2016: Prize winning lecture at Sapporo, Japan, Asschof-Honma prize
  • 2016: Lecture at the Japanese Chronobiology Conference, Nagoya, Japan
  • 2017 San Diego conference “From Clock to Clinic”. The neuronal network of the SCN clock; An Ancient clock in Modern Times
  • 2017: lecture at the Gordon Conference on Chronobiology, Vermont, USA
  • 2017: Summerschool Oxford
  • 2017: Complexity Summerschool, Lipari, Italy. Emergent properties in the neuronal network of the brain’s clock


National Lectures (selected from over 70 lectures):

  • 2000 Lecture ‘Opening Wetenschapsweek’ Nemo Museum Amsterdam.
  • 2001 Lecture ‘Publieksdag Hersenen en Veroudering’.
  • 2003 Lecture at the Physiol. Soc. Netherlands, Papendal Symposium ‘Physiology in the Genomics Era’.
  • 2004 Lecture at the Studium Generale Leiden ‘De Tijd’.
  • 2006 Lecture at the Boerhaavecursus "Ontwikkelingen in de geriatrie".
  • 2006 Lecture at Vereniging 'Het Nederlandsch Natuur- en Geneeskundig Congres, Amsterdam
  • 2006 Lecture at the Boerhaavecursus "Ontwikkelingen in de geriatrie".
  • 2006 Plenary lecture at the Psychiatry Society, Krasnapolski, Amsterdam
  • 2008 Lecture at the Boerhaavecursus "Aging".
  • 2009 Lezing voor het genootschap van ingenieurs Kivi Niria “De mechanismen van de biologische klok”
  • 2009 Van Leeuwenhoek lecture on BioScience, BioScience Initiative of the Faculty W&N (mathematics and physics), Leiden
  • 2010 This week’s discoveries, Faculty W&N, Leiden
  • 2010 LIBC symposium Sleep(less) in Leiden
  • 2011 Lecture at “De Rode Hoed’, Amsterdam
  • 2012 Lecture at the Complexity meeting, KNAW, Amsterdam
  • 2012 Lecture at the Public Science day, Museum Boerhaave, Leiden ('Wijzer over DNA: de klok bepaalt, zondag 4 nov 2012)
  • 2012 Lecture at student organization Prometheus
  • 2013 lecture at KNAW-Complexity meeting, Amsterdam, Dec 17 2013
  • 2014 lecture at student Union Crea, Amsterdam, Feb 2014
  • 2014 Symposium The Biological Clock, LUMC, Leiden, 2014


  • 1993-2000 Curriculum course Neurophysiology, BioPharmaceutical Sciences, Leiden
  • 1998-2000 Curriculum course general and animal Physiology for BioPharmaceutical Sciences
  • 1996-2001 Yearly interdepartmental course ‘Chronobiology’
  • 1999-2005 Yearly interdepartmental course ‘Cognitive Neurosciences’
  • 2000-2002 Lecturer in ‘How to write a Research Proposal’, Biomedical Sciences
  • 2001-2003 Curriculum course Neurosciences for Life Science and Technology, Leiden/Delft
  • 1998-2004 Lecturer in the LUMC Course Laboratory Animal Science
  • 2000-2005 Lecturer in the Course Neurosciences, Prof. J. Bolhuis. Dept Biology, Utrecht
  • 2006-present Lecturer in 'Introduction in the Neurosciences',Biomedical Sciences, Leiden
  • 2006-present Lecturer in 'Sturing en Regeling', Medical School, Leiden
  • 2006-2010 Lecturer in master course Biomedical Sciences, ‘The special senses’
  • 2007-present Lecturer in Frontiers of Science (FOS) course ‘Advances in the Neurosciences’
  • 2007-2010 Lecturer in “Zenuwstelsel”, neurophysiology teaching, first year Medical course
  • 2008-present PreUniversity teaching
  • 2009-present Lecturer in “Mechanisms of Ageing of the Leyden Academy”
  • 2009-present Lecturer in the course for Honours students, LUMC Leiden
  • 2009-present Mentoring of excellent students

Organisation of Teaching:

  • 1994-1999 Coordinator, and reorganization of the Neurophysiology and Animal Physiology for BioPharmaceutical Sciences, LACDR. Elected as best teacher of LACDR for 1994-1999.
  • 1996-2001 Coordinator and development of the yearly course on ‘Chronobiology’
  • 1999-2004 Coordinator and development of the master course ‘Cognitive Neurosciences’
  • 2000-present Coordinator, development and organization of the curriculum: ‘How to write a Research Proposal’
  • 2005 Coordinator of Boerhaave professorship with master course ‘Introduction to the Biology of sleep and sleep disorders’
  • 2005-present GeneralCoordinator Physiology education for the Biomedical Sciences and Medical School
  • 2006-present Coordinator of 'Sturing en Regeling', Medical School, Leiden
  • 2006-present Course Committee of ‘The special senses’ master course Biomedical Sciences.
  • 2006-present Course Committee 'Introduction in the Neurosciences', Biomedical Sciences, Leiden
  • 2009-present LUMC representative in the Honours Council University Leiden (‘a titre personel’)
  • 2012 Organization of the Honours class “The metabolic syndrome, a global problem.”
  • 2012-2016 Main organizer of the Honors class “The metabolic syndrome, a global problem.” In collaboration with The Dept of Life Sciences, Prof. H. de Groot
  • 2013-present Organization of 1 week within Minors program “Translational Neurosciences”, entitled Çlinical relevance of circadian rhythms.
  • 2017-present Main organizer of the Honors class “Complexity Theory”, in collaboration with the Institue for Mathematics, Prof . F den Hollander

Organisation of Scientific Meetings:

  • 2000 Organizer of 4th Endo-Neuro meeting, satellite symposium ‘Neurobiology of Circadian Rhythms’
  • 2001 Organizer of 5th Endo-Neuro meeting, satellite symposium ‘Neurobiology of Circadian Rhythms’
  • 2002 Organizer of the Symposium ‘The Circadian Clock’, In honour of the superannuation of Prof. W.J. Rietveld, Leiden.
  • 2004 Co-organizer on the Studium Generale Leiden “Time”
  • 2006 Member of the programme committee of the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms (SRBR), Canada.
  • 2009 Member of the programme committee of the Leiden International Medical Student Conference (LIMSC)
  • 2010 Organizer of the “Lorentz Center Meeting: Assembling a Multi-Cellular Circadian Pacemaker: Seeking Principles of Neural Circuit Organization
  • 2010 Across Invertebrate and Vertebrate Brains, August 16 - 20
  • 2011 Member of the programme committee of the Leiden International Medical Student Conference (LIMSC)
  • 2012 Member at Large of the Society for Biological Rhythm Research (SRBR)
  • 2012 Organizing committee of the Complexity Winterschool, NWO program complexity, Zandvoort
  • 2013 Organization Lorentz Center Meeting “Clinical relevance of circadian rhythms”. Co-organizers: Swaab (Amsterdam, NIN), Foster (Oxford), Colwell (UCLA).
  • 2016 - under development: winterschool for Chronobiology in Tromso, Norway, together with Prof S. Brown, Prof. D Hazzlerig and Dr. R Hut.

Organisation general

  • 2008-2011 Establishment and organisational member of the LUMC network for female scientists and clinicians (‘Vitaal’)
  • 2008-present member C.J.Kok-prize committee (LUMC)
  • 2009-present member advisory committee van Walree foundation, Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW), Department Natural Sciences.
  • 2009-present member VIDI committee NWO, ALW
  • 2009-present LUMC representative at the Bioscience Inititive (BSI), Faculty of Sciences, including van Leeuwenhoek lecture organization (
  • 2009-present LUMC representative in the Honours Council University Leiden
  • 2009-present member of various “wenselijkheidcommissies” LUMC
  • 2010-present member of selection committee excellent students and MD-PhD trajectory
  • 2011-present board member of the Leiden Center for Translational Neuroscience (LCTN)
  • 2011-present member of selection committee Honours program courses, University Leiden
  • 2012-present Construction International Lab, with Strassbourg, NIN, Amsterdam, and Leiden group
  • 2013-present Member of NWO Program Committee ‘Complexity’
  • 2013-present Member of the Managing team of the LIBC (Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition)
  • 2013-present Member of the GMT “Translational Neurosciences, LUMC”


  • 1990-present Regular reviewer for J Neuroscience, PNAS, Current Biology, Eur. J. Neuroscience, J Biol Rhythms, Chronobiol. Int. and other journals
  • 2011-present Advisory board Journal of Biological Rhythms
  • 2012-present Editorial board Journal of Circadian Rhythms

Memberships in Scientific Societies:

  • Society for Research on Biological Rhythms
  • European Biological Rhythm Society

Other activities

  • Member Comemius program (mentor-mentee coaching)
  • Mentor excellent students
  • NFU-project DIALOOG: Advisor of the project "fitter door de nacht" (fit throught the night) LUMC

(Co-) promotor thesis

  • 1995 Martin de Vries: Pharmacological intervention of the mammalian circadian clock.
  • 2002 Jeroen Schaap: Neurons of the mammalian circadian pacemaker: Cellular and network properties.
  • 2006 Mariska van Steensel: Hierarchical organization of the circadian timing system (Cum laude).
  • 2009 Jos Rohling: Network properties of the mammalian circadian clock.
  • 2010 Henk Tjebbe van der Leest: Photoperiodic encoding by the neuronal network of the suprachiasmatic nucleus.
  • 2012 Floor van Oosterhout: Photic and non-photic modulation of the mammalian circadian clock.
  • 2013 Thijs Houben: Regulation of behavioural activity by the suprachiasmatic nuclei.
  • 2015 Sahar Farajnia: Neuroplasticity in the mammalian clock: the effect of aging and seasons.
  • 2015 Hester van Diepen Retinal and Neuronal Mechanisms of Circadian Photoreception.
  • 2016 Eliane Lucassen: Circadian timekeeping: from basic clock function to implications for health.
  • 2016 Ashna Ramkisoensing: Interplay of Neuronal Networks Modulates Mammalian Circadian Rhythms.
  • 2017 Laura Kervezee: Mind the time: 24-hour rhythms in drug exposure and effect

Current PhD’s:

  • Yuri Robbers: Environmental and social factors in circadian timing
  • Maria Panagiotou: Sleep depression and aging affect the circadian system
  • Renate Buijnk: Metabolomics of the circadian clock
  • Anneke Olde-Engerink: Neurophysiological studies of the plasticity of the SCN clock

Habilitation committee

Dr. J. Mendoza, Strasbourg, 2011

Dr. A. Grenada, Berlin, 2011

Invited book chapters:

  1. Meijer, JH. The mammalian circadian pacemaker: an adaptive timekeeper for an ever changing environment. (Ed. K-I Honma.) In press. Sapporro Univ press.
  2. Michel S, Block GD, Meijer JH. The aging clock. In: Circadian Medicine. Ed: Colwell CS. Wiley, Blackwell, Hoboken, New Jersey (2015) 321-335.
  3. Van Diepen, H., Meijer, J.H., Peirson, S., and Foster, R., Circadian photoreception: from phototransduction to behavior, The retina and circadian rhythms ed: Tosini, G., Springer, 2013, in press
  4. Meijer, JH, Hatter, S and Takahashi, JS, Meijer, J.H., Light responsiveness and photic entrainment of the mammalian circadian clock, The Visual Neurosciences 1 ed: Chalupa L.M., Werner J.S., The Mit Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2013).
  5. Takahiro J, Michel S, Block GD, Colwell CS, Neural circuits underlying circadian oscillations in mammals: Clocks in a dish. In: Isolated central nervous system circuits (series Neuromethods Vol. 73) ed: Klaus Ballanyi, Humana Press (Springer), New York, in press .
  6. Deboer T, Krauchi K. Thermoregulatory changes. In: Kushida CA (Ed) The encyclopedia of sleep. Elsevier. In press.
  7. Krauchi K, Deboer T. Thermoregulation and sleep. In: Kushida CA (Ed) The encyclopedia of sleep. Elsevier. In press.
  8. Hattar, S., Meijer, J.H. and Takahashi, J.S., The Visual Neurosciences 1 ed: Chalupa L.M., Werner J.S., The Mit Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2012), in preparation
  9. Meijer, J.H., Takahashi, J.S., Light responsiveness and photic entrainment of the mammalian circadian clock, The Visual Neurosciences 1 ed: Chalupa L.M., Werner J.S., The Mit Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2004) 625-640.
  10. Meijer, J.H. (contributor), Chronobiology: Biological Timekeeping, eds. Dunlap, J.C., Loros, J.J., Decoursey, P.J. (2004) Sinauer Associates, Sunderland.
  11. Meijer, J.H., Photic entrainment in mammals, Handbook of Behavioral Neurobiology 'Circadian Clocks', ed. J.S. Takahashi, F.W. Turek and R.Y. Moore (2001) 183-210.
  12. Meijer, J.H., Integration of visual information by the suprachiasmatic nucleus. In: D.C. Klein, R.Y. Moore and S.M. Reppert (Eds.), The Mind's Clock, (1991) Oxford University Press, pp 107‑119

Communication to society

  • Interviews for national and international newspapers
  • Interview NRC 2002, rubriek Wetenschap en Onderwijs.
  • April 2004 TELEAC (radio broadcast)
  • Mai 2005 TELEAC (radio broadcast)
  • July 2005 Deutsche Welle (television)
  • August 2005 RTL Deutschland (television)
  • Oktober 2005 Radio West (radio broadcast)
  • September 2006 interview ‘Arts en Auto’
  • September 2006 interview Algemeen Dagblad
  • Cahier Boerhaave cursus 2006: J.H. Meijer: De biologische klok en ouder worden.
  • Cahier 2006 Biowetenschappen en Maatschappij. W.J. Rietveld en J.H. Meijer.
  • December 2006 Deutsche Welle (television)
  • RTL Deutschland television 2006
  • Noorderlicht VPRO radio 2007
  • radio West 2008
  • 2010 radio interview Frits Spits, KRO
  • 2010 radio interview BNR
  • 2010 radio interview radio Hilversum 538 met Edwin Evers
  • 2010 radio interview “radio Gelderland”
  • 2010 radio interview “radio Zeeland”
  • 2010 radio interview “Simone FM”
  • 2010 Interview Mare “Vroeg naar bed”
  • 2010 Interview Trouw
  • 2010 Interview
  • 2010 Interview Telegraaf
  • 2010 Interview Trouw ”Zomertijd: trek de gordijnen open”
  • 2010 Interview Marrocan Community
  • 2010 Interview Spits “Maandagochtenddip is geen aanstellerij”
  • 2010 Interview Medical Facts “Licht is goed om de biologische klok te synchroniseren”
  • 2010 Interview
  • 2010 Interview “de Gelderlander Feeds”
  • 2010 Interview “Reformatorisch Dagblad”
  • 2010 Interview “Tiscali”
  • 2011 Interview en publicatie in Bionieuws, “Voor ouderen is het eeuwig zomer”.
  • 2011 Lecture in De Rode Hoed, Amsterdam
  • 2011 Noorderlicht, VPRO, radio interview
  • 2012 Labyrinth, VPRO televisie, 10 okt 2012, topic: the biological clock
  • 2012 Volkskrant april “Biologische klok fnuikt de slaap
  • 2012 NRC Juli: “Muizen slapen slechter na het slikken van ritalin
  • 2012 radio interview Radio West
  • 2012 radio interview Radio Simone
  • 2012 Interview: "De wintertijd speelt vooral jonge ouders parten". In de volgende kranten: De Telegraaf, Haarlems Dagblad,, De Volkskrant, De Standaard, Mijn Kind, Nationale onderwijsgids
  • 2014 Wild mice use running wheels: highlighted and discussed in : The New York Times, USA Today, Der Spiegel, NRC, Scientific American,, the Guardian (and in many other journals)
  • 2015, NRC 12 Jan Opinie stuk in de NRC op uitnodiging. Titel: Latere schooltijen zinloos voor pubers


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