Dr. Satchin Panda

Dr. Satchidananda (Satchin) Panda is a professor in the Regulatory Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. 

Dr. Panda’s work focuses on chronobiology, the study of the day-night cycles that drive the multifaceted activities of the human body, using genetic, genomic, and biochemical approaches. He is an expert on circadian rhythms and a pioneer in the field of time-restricted eating. A priority for Dr. Panda when designing his studies is to identify strategies that positively impact public health.

In this episode, Dr. Panda and I discuss...

  • 00:00:00 - Introduction
  • 00:04:29 - How circadian rhythms influence human health
  • 00:12:30 - Seeking bright light in the morning and avoiding it in the evening improves sleep
  • 00:20:40 - Supplemental melatonin may counteract evening bright light exposure
  • 00:26:16 - The relationship between melatonin and insulin secretion 
  • 00:33:15 - Shift work, jet lag, and modern life contribute to circadian dysfunction
  • 00:45:10 - Naps might aid with afternoon sleepiness and sleep loss
  • 00:47:05 - Indoor lighting can be used to promote healthy circadian rhythms
  • 00:51:20 - Time-restricted eating strengthens circadian biology
  • 01:02:13 - Dr. Panda’s ongoing study uses a smartphone app to track diet
  • 01:03:41 - Most people are unaware of their eating patterns
  • 01:07:58 - How Dr. Panda incorporates his research findings into his own life
  • 01:16:21 - Our circadian rhythms dictate when we should exercise

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