Sleep and Inflammation Laboratory

Wilderness Place 235, 235A, 201

2860 Wilderness Place
Boulder, CO 80309-0354
Phone: (303) 735-4487; (303) 735-4601

Research Interests

To determine how chronic insufficient sleep induces, or contributes to inflammatory disease.


  • DirectorMark R. Opp, PhD
  • Laboratory Manager: Amrita George
  • Undergraduate Students: Daniel Bush, Anneli Folkesson, Hannah Pfromer, Christopher Thompson
(L to R): Mark Opp, Daniel Bush, Hannah Pfromer, Anneli Folkesson, Amrita George, Christopher Thompson.

Current Research Projects

  • Mechanisms by which sleep disruption induces inflammation in the brains of mice.
  • Sleep disruption and chronic musculoskeletal pain.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury-induced alterations in sleep.

Opportunities for Undergraduates

  • There are no research opportunities for additional undergraduate students at this time as all positions are filled for the 2017 - 2018 academic year.

Opportunities for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Graduate student and postdoctoral fellow training is available contingent upon research funding.
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Recent Publications


  • 2014 - 2018 1R01NR014479 Microbiome and Pain in IBS (PI: Heitkemper; co-I: Opp)
  • 2016 - 2021 2R01NS025378 Interleukin-1: A Promoter of Slow Wave Sleep (PI:Krueger; co-PI Opp)