DR PHYLLIS C ZEE
(11th SARC 2021 Faculty)
Director, Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine
Department of Neurology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD is the Benjamin and Virginia T. Boshes Professor in Neurology and Professor of Neurobiology at Northwestern University. She is also the Director of the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine (CCSM). Dr. Zee leads an interdisciplinary program in aging, sleep and circadian rhythm research and their impact on health and disease such as the development of cardiometabolic and neurologic disorders. In addition, her laboratory is studying the effects of circadian-sleep based interventions, such as exercise, bright light and feed-fast schedules on cognitive, cardiovascular and metabolic functions and their potential to delay cardiometabolic aging and neurodegeneration. Recently her research team has also been interested in the use of acoustic and electrical neurostimulation to enhance slow wave sleep and memory in older adults.
Dr. Zee has authored over 300 peer-reviewed original articles, reviews and chapters on the topics of sleep, circadian rhythms, and sleep/wake disorders. She has trained over 50 pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students and mentored numerous Faculty. She is past President of the Sleep Research Society, past President of the Sleep Research Foundation, past Chair of the NIH Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board, a past member of the NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Disorders Advisory Council and is the current President-Elect of the World Sleep Society. Dr. Zee is the recipient of the 2011 American Academy of Neurology Sleep Science Award, 2014 American Academy of Sleep Medicine academic honor, the William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award, and the 2020 Sleep Research Society Distinguished Scientist Award.