Benjamin Smarr

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley

Benjamin Smarr is a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley. His scientific research focuses on developing predictive medical applications using signal processing to find temporal structures in the flow of continuous biometric outputs through time. Using these approaches, he has published peer-review papers demonstrating the ability to predict internal hormonal changes from a person's wrist temperature and techniques for accurately predicting the outcome of pregnancies in mice from within hours of conception. He is also the first to show that in utero disruptions to biological timing systems have lifelong effects on cognitive development. He has published work using human, rodent, and computational model systems.

Benjamin has won multiple awards from the Society for Research in Biological Rhythms, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. He earned his Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2012. While in graduate school, Benjamin served as the student president for the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and also served as president of the Neurobiology Community Outreach group. He continues to take an active role in science outreach, working with K-12 schools, community groups, and biomedical- and wearable-device companies to spread awareness of the value of science and the importance of biological timing in health.

Benjamin works across multiple time scales of biology, including seasonal, ovulatory, daily, and hourly cycles. Remarkably little is known about the way these cycles enable physical and mental health, especially as regards women's health and pregnancy. Through collaborations with sensor design engineers, clinical investigations, and a growing citizen-science community, Benjamin is mapping the temporal structures that allow accurate personal predictors across a range of applications, including cancer, infection, fertility, and education.


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Poor grades tied to class times that don't match our biological clocks
Posted on 29 Mar 2018 at 1:27pm

Grades Suffer When Class Time Doesn't Match Students' Biological Clocks
Posted on 30 Mar 2018 at 1:39pm

‘Night owl’ college students fare worse academically, report finds
Posted on 2 Apr 2018 at 8:18pm

Benjamin Smarr: Changing the Definition of Baseline
Posted on 28 Apr 2018 at 10:16pm

Whatever You Think You Know About Napping, Maybe You Should Sleep On It
Posted on 14 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm

16 Things Sleep Doctors Never Do During Daylight Saving Time
Posted on 26 Oct 2018 at 10:45am

Rx: Wear this on your tummy and call me in the morning
Posted on 27 Mar 2018 at 4:31pm

If Class Time Is Out of Sync With Students’ Biological Clock, Grades May Suffer
Posted on 1 Apr 2018 at 4:55pm

Why Students Doze in Class: It's Called Social Jet Lag
Posted on 31 Mar 2018 at 10:31am

Poor grades tied to class times that don’t match our biological clocks
Posted on 29 Mar 2018 at 6:12am



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Ben Smarr: Predictive Medicine



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Circadian Rhythms and the Flow of Biological Time



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Preserving Big Brains: The New Whale Protection Zone



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