Dr James Frederick Cheeseman

PhD, MSc (First Class Honours), BSc

Research | Current

My research in chronobiology has two broad themes. The first is a programme of research investigating the effects of general anaesthesia on the circadian clock. This incorporates work from invertebrate and mammalian animal models (Drosophila, Honey bee and mouse) as well as clinical trials. The research combines investigation of the fundamental molecular components and animals’ physiology with the downstream behaviour. A particular current focus is the circadian Drosophila research programme in which my students and I are using transgenic reporter lines to investigate the development of the clock.  The second main theme of my research is the study of the biological rhythms in the marine environment. This is in close association with the School of Biological Sciences. Specifically, this work includes investigation of the semilunar and tidal clocks predominantly in invertebrate models.

Teaching | Current


  • Course Director and Lecturer, Qual300, Quality and Safety Workshop, School of Medicine
  • Lecturer, BIOSCI207, Adaptive Design, School of Biological Sciences
  • Lecturer, BIOSCI337, Animal Behaviour, School of Biological Sciences


  • Course Director and Lecturer, MEDSCI718, Pharmacology of Anaesthetics and Analgesics.
  • Course Coordinator and Lecturer, MEDSCI738, Biological Rhythms
  • Lecturer, BIOSCI728, Neuroethology

Postgraduate supervision

I currently supervise or co-supervise five PhD students in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. I have several projects available for post graduate students at the MSc and PhD level. I welcome applications or expressions of interest from students who are interested in the general circadian research themes described.


2011 University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award for excellence in collaboration, Quality and Saftey Workshop

Committees/Professional groups/Services

School of Medicine Post Graduate Education and Training Committee - Chair

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Education Committee

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Medical Programme Board of Studies

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Academic Programmes Subcommittee

Department of Anaesthesiology Post Graduate Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 1, Room 1008
New Zealand

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