J. Christopher Ehlen, Ph.D.

J. Christopher Ehlen, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor


Location: Multidisciplinary Research Center F14
Phone: (404) 752-1826
E-mail: jehlen@msm.edu


Georgia State University

Kent State University
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Physiology  

University at Albany, State University of New York
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

Research Interests

My current research focuses on: 1) understanding the mechanistic role of sleep in the neuronal circuits that regulate resilience to social stress; 2) elucidating the neuronal mechanisms responsible for regulating sleep need and identifying the genes involved in this mechanism. 


  • Non-rapid eye movement sleep determines resilience to social stress. Bush B.J., Donnay C., Andrews E.A., Lewis-Sanders D., Gray C.L., Qiao Z., Brager A.J., Johnson H., Brewer H.C.S., Sood S., Saafir T., Benveniste M., Paul K.N., Ehlen J.C. (2022) eLife. 23(11), e80206.

  • Stowie, A.,  Qiao, Z.,  Do Carmo Buonfiglio, D.,  Beckner, D.M., Ehlen, J.C.,  Benveniste, M., Davidson, A.J. Arginine-Vasopressin Expressing Neurons in the Murine Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Exhibit a Circadian Rhythm in Network Coherence In Vivo. (2022) PNAS. 120 (4), e2209329120.

  • Ehlen, J.C., Brager, A.J., Baggs, J., Pinckney, L., Gray, C.L., DeBruyne, J.P., Esser, K.E., Takahashi, J.S., Paul, K.N. (2017) Bmal1 function in skeletal muscle regulates sleep. eLife. e26557.

  • Ehlen, J.C.*, Jones, K.A.*, Pinckney, L, Gray, C.L., Burette, S., Weinberg, R.J., Evans, J.A., Brager, A.J., Zylka, M.J., Paul, K.N, Philpot, B.D., DeBruyne, J.P. (2015) Maternal Ube3a loss disrupts sleep homeostasis but leaves circadian rhythmicity largely intact. The Journal of Neuroscience. 35 (40): 13587-13598.

  • Ehlen, J.C. *, Hesse, H.*, Pinckney, L., Paul, K.N. (2013) Sex chromosomes regulate nighttime sleep propensity during recovery from sleep loss in mice. PLOS ONE. 8(5) e62205.