Professor Chandler’s Research Published

February 17, 2014

IMG_7101.todd-chandlerFlorida College’s Mr. Todd Chandler has been published in a recent issue of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry (75 [2014] 14-23), where his research was part of a larger work on the circadian clock.

The circadian clock (commonly known as the “body clock”) adjusts an organism to its environment based on external cues, the most significant being daylight, and can be seen in such phenomena as jet-lag and why many people naturally awake approximately the same time every day.

The research team studied the circadian clock of a unicellular green algae. Chandler’s role was to help clone a genetic tool to induce RNA interference, a technique which “silences” a gene. Genes code for proteins, and RNA interference prevents production of a specific protein in a cell, allowing the researcher to infer the function of that protein. The research team was able to identify more specifically the roles of light-sensitive molecules in controlling the circadian clock.

Mr. Chandler is a professor of biology and chair of the Mathematics and Science Department at Florida College, where he teaches courses in genetics, human anatomy & physiology, microbiology and general biology. After graduating from Florida College with his associate’s degree in 1993, he attended the University of Florida, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1996, and his advanced degree in science education in 1997. In 2006 he received an advanced degree in biology from Western Kentucky University.

While teaching at the College, Mr. Chandler serves as a part-time evangelist at the church on Livingston Avenue in Lutz, Fla.

Florida College is proud of Mr. Todd Chandler and congratulates him on this achievement.