Dr. Gene Block
Dr. Gene Block became chancellor of UCLA on August 1, 2007, taking the helm of a world-class institution comprising 37,000 students and 27,000 faculty and staff, with an annual budget of $3.8 billion. Returning to the West Coast after 29 years at the University of Virginia, Chancellor Block holds UCLA faculty appointments in psychiatry and bio-behavioral sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine and in physiological science in the College of Letters and Science. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he heads a research laboratory on campus that is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His academic specialization, circadian biology, deals with the functioning of 24-hour rhythms in higher organisms. More
Previously to his appointment at UCLA, Dr. Bloch was the Thomas Jefferson Professor of Biology
and Research Professor of Neuroscience at the University
of Virginia where he studied the cellular basis of biological timing, both in
the retina of a marine snail and within the mammalian SCN.
The laboratory provided the first evidence that fully isolated
neurons can express circadian rhythms, and has subsequently
played an important role in identifying the membrane events
associated with both rhythm synchronization and expression.
In the mammal, Block’s laboratory focuses on cellular
and tissue mechanisms involved in rhythm synchronization
The group published papers on the effects of aging on
individual SCN neurons, as well as on non-SCN circadian