Ketema Paul, Ph.D.
ProfessorUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Paul studies the genetic, molecular, and neural underpinnings of sleep. His primary interests consist of uncovering the mechanisms responsible for the negative effects of sleep deprivation. He also probes the origins of gender/sex differences in the ability to recover from sleep loss in order to develop therapeutic targets for sleep disorders that disproportionately affect women. Dr. Paul was born and raised in Washington, D.C. After receiving his Bachelor of Science from Howard University, he went on to study neurobiology and circadian biology at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia where he received his doctorate. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois in 2006 at the Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology, after which he spent 10 years as a faculty member of the Neuroscience Institute at Morehouse school of Medicine. He joined the faculty at UCLA in the Division of LifeSciences in 2016.Dr. Paul’s current research involves applying a forward genetics approach to uncover the core genes responsible for sleep-wake regulation and the impairing effects of sleep loss. Effective treatments for common sleep-wake disorders are elusive. Dr. Paul conducts a forward genetics approach to facilitate gene identification that takes advantage of natural variation occurring in sleep-replete and sleep-deprived mice. These studies are expected to identify novel sleep regulatory genes and lead to the development of new therapeutic targets and improved treatments for sleep disorders.