Picture of Dr. Harbison at her lab looking at test tubes
NHLBI Celebrates Women Scientists

Susan T. Harbison, Ph.D.


Dr. Harbison is an Earl Stadtman Investigator in the Laboratory of Systems Genetics in the Division of Intramural Research at NHLBI. She has made important contributions to understanding the complex genetics of sleep and the biological clock (circadian rhythms) through the study of fruit flies, Her research team has identified more than 1,500 genes associated with sleep and 200 genes associated with the circadian clock, findings that could lead to a better understanding of sleep and circadian disorders in humans and lay the groundwork for new treatments. Dr. Harbison was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2012, became a Kavli Fellow in 2014, and received the Orloff Science Award in 2018.

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Read a recent press release about her work.