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Rihel Lab

We study the genes and neurons that regulate sleep in zebrafish.



A collaborative paper with Karin Tuschl of Steve Wilson's lab at UCL is now available from Nature Communication. Manganese transporter mutations from fish to man!


For a course, Dee Dinneen created this delightful radio show featuring an interview of Dr. Rihel and Dr. Bill Maclehose:


Check out Dr. Rihel's interview on the BBC World Service, discussing the new sleep screen paper:

New paper describing a vertebrate sleep screen in zebrafish done in collaboration with the Prober lab at CalTech and the Schier lab at Harvard, now available at Neuron! This paper is also covered in a Video Abstract:

New paper from the Rihel, Giraldez, and State labs on druggable sleep phenotypes in a zebrafish model of autism now published online in Neuron. Also featured in a Preview by Biron and Levkowitz and on the print edition cover:


Dr. Rihel recently gave a public lecture at the Cafe Scientifique, Brighton: 'Sleep, from Aristotle to Zebrafish'. He also presented to the audience of the opening of the BBSRC Zebrafish Screening Facility in Edinburgh.

October, 2015: In collaboration with the Whitmore and Hankins labs, our new paper characterizing the many light sensing genes of the zebrafish is now pubished in Genome Research.

June, 2015: Rihel and Bendor's Cell preview on fly sleep and forgetting is now published.

June, 2015: Rihel and Ghosh's book chapter on Zebrafish pharmacology is now on-line.

May, 2015: The collaboration between the State, Giraldez, and Rihel labs to study autism in zebrafish is profiled at the Simon's Foundation website.

Dec, 2014: Congratulations to Dr. Sabine Reichert, who was awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship!

Dec 7, 2014: Dr. Eva Naumann won 2nd prize for her poster at the 3rd Imaging Zebrafish Neural Circuits Meeting, held in Paris, France

Oct 15, 2014: Liam O'Leary's 3rd-year thesis was just published in the peer-reviewed journal, Bioscience Horizons!

Oct 5th, 2014: Dr Rihel will appear at the Invisible Dot, for "Stories", hosted by Liam Williams. The theme is "Sleep" 4PM

June 23, 2014: Rihel Lab wins the UCL Neuroscience Poster Prize! See photos of our winning poster and bowling celebration.

March 14, 2014. Read Ida Barlow's blog entry on the British Libraries' Counting Sheep: the Science of Sleep evening.

Feb 18, 2014. Ozcan and Rihel's Preview, "A Drosophila circuit feels the (sleep) pressure" is now available in Neuron.

Oct 1, 2013. Listen to Dr. Rihel on the Naked Scientists podcast, "Wake Up!".

May 23rd, 2013--

Rihel and Schier's new paper on small molecules and sleep is now available from Current Opinion in Neurobiology.

April 18th, 2013. Dr. Rihel appeared on BBC Radio4's Material World to talk about the zebrafish genome. Follow the link to listen.

Dec 13th, 1PM-- Dr. Rihel gives the CDB department seminar, "Sleeping with the zebrafishes." 1PM, Gavin de Beer Lecture Hall, Anatomy Building, UCL.

June 26th, 7PM -- Dr. Rihel participated in Cosy Science at the Exmouth Arms pub, giving a short talk titled, "I'll Sleep While I Live".