Charmane Eastman, PhD

Department of Behavioral Sciences, Rush Medical College
Role: Researcher, Faculty
Joined Rush in 1983


I established the Biological Rhythms Research Lab in 1985. During my tenure, I have served as the PI on ten different NIH R01 grants, totaling fifty-eight years, and about $16,000,000 in funds. My work is currently supported by three NIH R01s (I serve as PI on one and co-investigator on two). For more information, please click on the green “Professor” link above.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I am an extreme night owl, so that got me interested in basic research on human circadian rhythms, with an emphasis on night owls, night shifts work and jet lag.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

I had a couple of graduate students who were participants in the Neuroscience graduate program.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I like to watch old Star Trek episodes, especially the series Voyager because the captain is a woman who is both strong and competent, but she is also empathetic. The ship is full of people who work well together, just like a lab should be. The way she runs her ship is the way I’ve always tried to run my lab. She is my role model.