Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD, is the Benjamin and Virginia T. Boshes Professor of Neurology, professor of Neurobiology at Northwestern University, director of the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine and chief of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Phyllis oversees an interdisciplinary program in basic and translational sleep and circadian rhythm research, and findings from her team have paved the way for innovative approaches to improve sleep and circadian health. Phyllis is the founder of the first circadian medicine clinic in the U.S., where innovative treatments are available for patients with circadian rhythm disorders. Her research has focused on the effects of age and neurodegeneration on sleep and circadian rhythms and pathophysiology of circadian sleep-wake disorders and 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.
Phyllis has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed original articles, reviews and chapters on the topics of sleep, circadian rhythms and sleep/wake disorders. She has also trained more than 50 pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students and has mentored numerous faculty members. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and member of the American Neurological Association. She is past president of the Sleep Research Society, past president of the Sleep Research Society Foundation, past chair of the NIH Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board, past member of the NIH Heart Lung and Blood Disorders Advisory Council and President-Elect of the World Sleep Society. She is the recipient of the 2011 American Academy of Neurology Sleep Science Award and the 2014 American Academy of Sleep Medicine William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award.
1. Enhancing Sleep for Brain and Cardiovascular Function
2. Circadian Medicine: Insights from the Clinic
3. Sleep-Circadian Rhythms and Aging: A Bidirectional Relationship?