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Claire Nusbaum

Undergraduate Researcher of Circadian Clock Biology

Claire Nusbaum PortraitMy interests include the evolution of disease and antibiotics, as well as genetically inherited diseases. When I’m not attending class or working in the lab, I’m most likely doodling while drinking coffee or watching Forensic Files.



Current Undergraduate (Sophomore) in Genetics

University of Wisconsin-Madison



In the Loewe lab, I’m researching the link between Bipolar Disorder and the circadian clock. The mechanism in which bipolar disorder treatments (lithium, fluoxetine, risperidone, etc.) affect the circadian clock has not been completely developed. Discovering this mechanism leads to an understanding of how treatments affect the circadian clock to stabilize Bipolar Disorder symptoms. The ultimate goal is to incorporate these findings into a comprehensive computer fly model. In my area of research, the availability of a comprehensive model would allow researchers to examine interactions between circadian proteins and Bipolar Disorder treatments in order to understand how they work and to potentially develop a treatment method that is more effective with fewer side effects.


Nusbaum, Claire, Scheuer, Kate, and Loewe, Laurence (2016) "Effects of dVMAT Expression on Depression and the Circadian Clock in Drosophila melanogaster", Poster at the Undergraduate Symposium, UW-Madison, 2016, April 14. (PDF).

Nusbaum, Claire, Scheuer, Kate, and Loewe, Laurence (2015) "Influence of bipolar disorder drug treatments (lithium, risperidone and fluoxetine) on the circadian protein SGG in Drosophila melanogaster", Poster at the Intro Bio 152 UG Symposium, Union South, UW-Madison, 2015 Dec 8. (PDF).