Charles A. Fuller

Position Title

Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences

177 Briggs Hall

Profile Introduction

Effects of light and gravity on physiological systems. Regulation of circadian and homeostatic systems; sleep-wake physiology, energetics, and metabolism in rodents and non-human primates.

Research Interests

Regulation of circadian and homeostatic systems; sleep-wake physiology, energetics and metabolism in rodents and non-human primates

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Specialties / Focus

  • Metabolic Physiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Systemic Physiology


  • NPB 140 Principles of Environmental Physiology, Winter
  • MCP 242 Biological Rhythms and Sleep, Fall
  • NPB 101 Human Systemic Physiology, Fall


  • Chronic Acceleration Research Unit (CARU)
    • Tana M. Hoban-Higgins, Edward L. Robinson, Amy McElroy

Professional Societies

  • American Physiological Society
  • Society for Neurosicence
  • International Society for Gavitational Physiology
  • Sleep Research Society
  • International Academy of Astronautics


  • 1971 BS (Zoology) University of California, Davis
  • 1973 MS (Physiology) University of California, Davis
  • 1975 PhD (Physiology) University of California, Davis



Taylor, K., K. Kleinhesselink, M. D. George, R. Morgan, T. Smallwood, A. S. Hammonds, P. M. Fuller, P. Saelao, J. Alley, A. G. Gibbs, D. K. Hoshizaki,
L. v. Kalm, C. A. Fuller, K. M. Beckingham, D. A. Kimbrell. Toll Mediated Infection Response Is Altered by Gravity and Spaceflight in Drosophila. PLoS ONE, 9(1): e86485, 2014. 



Young, L. R., E. B. Wagner, J. Vernikos, J. E. Duda, C. A. Fuller, K. A. Souza, C. Martin-Brennan and C. P. McKay. Another go-around: Revisiting the case for space-based centrifuges. Gravitational and Space Biol., 25(1): 66-68, 2011. 



Barger, L. K., T. M. Hoban-Higgins and C. A. Fuller. Gender differences in the circadian rhythms of rhesus monkeys. Physiology & Behavior, 101(5): 595-600, 2010. 



Ingham, EI, Gunhan, E, Fuller, PM and Fuller, CA. Immunotoxin-Induced Ablation of Melanopsin Retinal Ganglion Cells in a Non-Murine Mammalian Model. J. Comparative Neurology, 516(2): 125-140 2009.



Hsieh, K.C., E.L. Robinson and C.A. Fuller. Sleep architecture in unrestrained rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) synchronized to 24-hour light-dark cycles. Sleep 31:1239-1250, 2008.


Fuller, P.M., T.A. Jones, S.M. Jones and C.A. Fuller. Neurovestibular modulation of circadian and homeostatic regulation: vestibulo-hypothalamic connection? Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 99: 15723-15728, 2002.

Tang, I-H., D.M. Murakami, and C.A. Fuller. Unilateral optic nerve transection alters light response of suprachiasmatic nucleus and intergeniculate leaflet. Am. J. Physiol., 282:R569-R577, 2002.

Warren, L.E., B.A. Horwitz, J.S. Hamilton, and C.A. Fuller. Effects of 2G on Adiposity, Leptin, Lipoprotein Lipase and Uncoupling Protein-1 in Lean and Obese Zucker Rats. J. Appl. Physiol., 90:606-614, 2001.


Edgar DM, WC Dement and CA Fuller. Effect of SCN-lesions on sleep in squirrel monkeys: Evidence for opponent processes in sleep-wake regulation. Journal of Neuroscience. 13:1065-1079, 1993.