Faculty & Staff

Matthew P. Butler, PhD

Assistant Scientist
RJH 1586

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PubMed Listing


2012- Member, Sleep Committee, Div. of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
2010- Member, Society for Research on Biological Rhythms
2008- Member, Society for Neuroscience
2006- Participant, Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Ask a Scientist program
2005- Member, Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
2003- Ad-hoc reviewer for American Journal of Physiology, Biology of Reproduction,
Chronobiology International, Endocrinology, European Journal of Neuroscience,
Hormones and Behavior, Journal of Biological Rhythms, Nature, Neuroscience,
Physiology and Behavior, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Sleep
Medicine Reviews
2000- Member, Fulbright Association
1999- Member, Sigma Xi


I have a broad interest in how endogenous clocks are synchronized, and has approached this in animal models by identifying salient entrainment cues in the environment and examining how sensitivity to these cues is governed. Such work has great relevance to the adverse health effects of shift work and how to adapt to altered work schedules. He is extending his prior work now to clinical research in human subjects.  His current efforts center on 1) how uncoupling of clocks within the body, or between the body and the environment, adversely affect metabolic function, and 2) how the circadian system interacts with sleep in determining the severity of sleep apnea.


2007 Ph.D. U.C. Berkeley, Dept. of Integrative Biology. Mentor: Irv Zucker, Ph.D.
1999 A.B. Princeton University, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology