faculty

William Adams

Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Alaa Ahmed

Alaa A. Ahmed

Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: Biomechanical and sensorimotor processes underlying human movement control and decision-making in uncertain or unstable environments. Neuromechanics of postural control, loss of balance detection, and falls in young and older adults. Investigating the stimulus for muscle hypertrophy using multi-scale biomechanical models of lengthening contractions during progressive resistance training.
Tanya Alderete

Tanya L. Alderete

Assistant Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, environmental exposures, and the microbiome.

Allison P. Anderson

Assistant Professor Adjunct
Aerospace Engineering Sciences

Cecilia Diniz Behn

Assistant Professor Adjunct
Colorado School of Mines
Anne Bekoff

Anne Bekoff

Professor Emeritus
Integrative Physiology
Marie Boyko

Marie Boyko

Senior Instructor Emeritus
Integrative Physiology
Teaches Scientific Writing.
Heidi Bustamante

Heidi Bustamante

Senior Instructor
Integrative Physiology
Teaches Intro to Human Anatomy, Human Physiology 1 and 2, Nutrition for IPHY Majors, Pathophysiology, performs dissections for the Human Anatomy Lab.
William Byrnes

William Byrnes

Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: The acute and chronic physiological adaptations to exercise-induced muscle injury, to resistance exercise, and to exercise in hyper/hypobaric environments.
Cindy Carey

Cynthia Carey

Professor Emeritus
Integrative Physiology
Janet Casagrand

Janet Casagrand

Senior Instructor
Integrative Physiology
Teaches Human Physiology 1, Human Physiology (non-majors), Human Physiology Lab, Neurophysiology, and a seminar on teaching for undergraduates. Department Education Specialist.

Michel Chonchol

Professor Adjunct
University of Colorado Denver

Elizabeth Connick

Associate Professor Adjunct
University of Colorado Denver

Barbara Demmig-Adams

Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Chris Depner

Christopher Depner

Assistant Research Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: Mitigate the risk and burden of chronic metabolic disease at the individual level and for society as a whole. Identify the mechanisms underlying increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic diseases associated with sleep loss and circadian disruption. Develop personalized medicine based countermeasures that integrate nutrition, and sleep and circadian health to prevent and treat metabolic disease.
Chris DeSouza

Chris DeSouza

Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: Effects of aging, cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors, and regular physical activity on nitric oxide bioavailability and vascular endothelial function.

Robert H. Eckel

Professor Adjunct
University of Colorado Denver
Marissa Ehringer

Marissa Ehringer

Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology • Institute for Behavioral Genetics
Research Interests: Identification of genetic mechanisms that contribute to alcohol, tobacco, and substance use. Application of genomics and bioinformatics to the study of behavior genetics.
Roger Enoka

Roger Enoka

Professor
Integrative Physiology
Neuromuscular determinants of motor function (movement) in health and disease.
Monika Fleshner

Monika Fleshner

Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: Understanding 1) the impact of acute and chronic stressor exposure (mental or physical) on behavior, neural, hormonal and immunological function; 2) how such systems interact to affect the whole organism; and 3) the mechanisms of increased stress resistance and stress resilience produced by exercise.
Teresa Foley

Teresa Foley

Senior Instructor
Integrative Physiology
Teaches Immunology, Endocrinology, and Human Physiology Lab. Department Education Specialist. Committee member for Public Health Certificate.
Todd T. Gleeson

Todd T. Gleeson

Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: Comparative physiology of exercise; lactate and glycogen metabolism in amphibians, reptiles, and mammals; and recovery metabolism.
Alena Grabowski

Alena Grabowski

Assistant Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: The interaction of physiology and biomechanics during human locomotion; specifically how the implementation of assistive mechanical devices, such as prostheses and exoskeletons, influence walking, running, hopping, and sprinting.

John Harsh

Professor Adjunct
Integrative Physiology

Jason Haukoos

Assistant Professor Adjunct
University of Colorado Denver
Ruth Heisler

Ruth Heisler

Senior Instructor • Undergraduate Associate Chair
Integrative Physiology
Undergraduate Associate Chair and Department Education Specialist. Teaches Intro to Human Anatomy and performs dissections for the Human Anatomy Lab.

James Hill

Professor Adjunct
University of Colorado Denver
Steve Hobbs

Steve Hobbs

Senior Instructor
Integrative Physiology
Coordinates the Human Anatomy Lab, teaches Introduction to Statistics.
Charles Hoeffer

Charles Hoeffer

Assistant Professor
Integrative Physiology • Institute for Behavioral Genetics
Research Interests: The regulation of protein synthesis in synaptic plasticity, memory and neurological disorders. Regulators of phosphatase function in Down syndrome and schizophrenia. Aging, stress, and neurodegeneration.
Tom Johnson

Thomas E. Johnson

Professor
Integrative Physiology • Institute for Behavioral Genetics
Research Interests: The study of aging using the mouse and the worm Caenorhabditis elegans as models. Mouse model of fetal alcohol syndrome. Molecular Behavioral Genetics.

Wendy Kohrt

Professor Adjunct
University of Colorado Denver
Rodger Kram

Rodger Kram

Associate Professor Emeritus
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: The physiology and biomechanics of terrestrial locomotion: (1) Partitioning of the rate of metabolic energy expenditure into its biomechanical constituents; (2) The influences of internal and external forces on walking, running, cycling and cross-country skiing.

Carol Kwiatkowski

Assistant Professor Adjunct
The Endocrine Disruption Exchange
Monique LeBourgeois

Monique K. LeBourgeois

Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: Early developmental changes in sleep and circadian physiology. The health, behavioral, and developmental consequences of challenging the sleep and circadian systems.
Chris Link

Christopher D. Link

Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology • Institute for Behavioral Genetics
The long-term goal of our research is to understand the cellular and molecular basis of age-associated neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The major focus of our studies has been the identification of the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which specific proteins central to these diseases (e.g., the beta amyloid peptide in AD and TDP-43 in ALS) induce pathology. Our primary approach has been to develop transgenic C. elegans strains that express these human proteins, often resulting in abnormal phenotypes that can be the basis of classic genetic screens. The overall rationale for this approach is that invertebrate models allow facile "pilot" studies that are time-consuming, difficult, or impossible in other systems. We complement the C. elegans studies using mammalian cell culture and bioinformatic analysis of mouse and human deep sequencing data.
Christopher Lowry

Christopher A. Lowry

Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: The neural mechanisms underlying emotional behavior and the stress-induced control of physiology and emotional behavior.

Katrina Maluf

Associate Professor Adjunct
University of Colorado Denver
Robert Mazzeo

Robert S. Mazzeo

Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: Neuroendocrine and biochemical adaptations associated with acute and chronic exercise, exercise immunology, high-altitude physiology, and aging.

Eric McCarty

Associate Professor Adjunct
University of Colorado Denver

Sylvia McCune

Associate Professor Adjunct
Myogen Inc
Matt McQueen

Matthew B. McQueen

Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology • Institute for Behavioral Genetics
Research Interests: Translational research - translating scientific discoveries into population health impact presents many unique challenges necessitating a multi-disciplinary approach that includes the study of genetic, physiological, behavioral, and environmental factors. As an epidemiologist and applied biostatistician, Professor McQueen's research objectives are focused on the development and application of epidemiological and biostatistical methods to advance our understanding of human disease from genes to populations. Toward that end, he has embraced highly integrative and collaborative research that approaches translational research in a comprehensive manner.

Edward Melanson

Professor Adjunct
University of Colorado Denver
Dale Mood

Dale Mood

Professor Emeritus
Integrative Physiology
Russ Moore

Russell L. Moore

Professor • Executive Vice Chancellor • Provost
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: Identify and understand cellular mechanisms that underlie the physiological (exercise training) and pathological (heart failure, advanced aging) alterations in cardiac contractile function. We are currently conducting work to understand the cellular basis for exercise-induced protection of the heart against ischemia-reperfusion injury, and on the influences of diet and exercise on cardiac energy metabolism and the development of heart failure in the SHHF rat model.
David Norris

David Norris

Professor Emeritus
Integrative Physiology
Gay Lynn Olsen

Gay Lynn Olsen

Instructor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: Global health, community-based participatory research, community health, and pediatric nursing with diverse populations including immigrant and refugee children.
Mark Opp

Mark R. Opp

Professor • Chair
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: To determine how chronic insufficient sleep induces inflammation and contributes to inflammatory diseases, including pain and traumatic brain injury.

Alan Russell

Professor Adjunct
Edgewise Therapeutics
Leif Saul

Leif Saul

Senior Instructor
Integrative Physiology
Teaches Intro to Human Anatomy, performs dissections for the Human Anatomy Lab, maintains IPHY website.

Robert Schwartz

Professor Adjunct
University of Colorado Denver
Doug Seals, February 2019

Douglas R. Seals

Professor • CU Distinguished Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: Cardiovascular aging, particularly the changes in systolic blood pressure, large artery stiffness and vascular endothelial function that occur with physiological and pathophysiological aging. Biological and lifestyle factors that influence cardiovascular aging. The integrative (molecular to systemic) mechanisms that mediate cardiovascular aging and its modulation by biological and lifestyle factors. Interventions to improve adverse physiological changes with aging, including cardiovascular dysfunction, reductions in motor performance and impairments in cognitive function.
Jia Shi

Jia Shi

Instructor
Integrative Physiology
Coordinates the Human Physiology Lab, teaches Pathophysiology.

Steve Snyder

Assistant Professor Adjunct
Lexicor Medical Technology

Brian Stauffer

Assistant Professor Adjunct
University of Colorado Denver
Jerry Stitzel

Jerry A. Stitzel

Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology • Institute for Behavioral Genetics
Research Interests: The use of genetic strategies to identify the underlying biological bases for the behavioral and physiological actions of drugs of abuse with special emphasis on nicotine.
Nicole Stob

Nicole Stob

Instructor
Integrative Physiology
Teaches Nutrition for Health and Performance, and Clinical Nutrition.
Pei Tsai

Pei-San Tsai

Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: Reproductive endocrinology of vertebrates and invertebrates. Specific research foci include the development of a population of neuroendocrine neurons critical for vertebrate reproduction, functional and structural evolution of reproductive neurohormones, and how sex steroids regulate hypothalamic, pituitary, and gonadal functions.
Celine Vetter

Céline Vetter

Assistant Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: Chronic disease epidemiology (incl. type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease); circadian rhythms and sleep disruption; light exposure; shift work, work hours, and occupational health.

Richard Weir

Associate Professor Adjunct
University of Colorado Denver

John Wood

Assistant Professor Adjoint
Pisces Molecular LLC
Ken Wright

Kenneth P. Wright Jr.

Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests: Health and safety consequences of insufficient sleep and circadian misalignment. Development of countermeasures and treatments for sleep and circadian disruption to improve public health and safety.

graduate student

Ryan Alcantara

Ryan S. Alcantara

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Applied Biomechanics Lab
Integrative Physiology

Tyler N. Akonom

M.S. Graduate Student • Reproductive Endocrinology Lab
Integrative Physiology

Mohammed S. Alenazy

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Neurophysiology of Movement Lab
Integrative Physiology
Stephen Allen

Stephen P. Allen

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Applied Biomechanics Lab
Integrative Physiology

Nathan D. Anderson

M.S. Graduate Student • Reproductive Endocrinology Lab
Integrative Physiology
Kara Ashcraft

Kara R. Ashcraft

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Applied Biomechanics Lab
Integrative Physiology

Sajjad Daneshgar Asl

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Neurophysiology of Movement Lab
Integrative Physiology

Samuel Bennion

M.S. Graduate Student • Epidemiology Lab
Integrative Physiology
Winona Booher

Winona C. Booher

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Genetics of Substance Abuse Lab
Integrative Physiology
Madden Brewster

Lillian “Madden” Brewster

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Integrative Vascular Biology Lab
Integrative Physiology

Garrick W. Bruening

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Neuromechanics Lab
Integrative Physiology

Jordan M. Buck

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Molecular Neurogenetics Lab
Integrative Physiology

David Caha

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Translational Epidemiology Lab
Integrative Physiology
Joey Carzoli

Joseph P. Carzoli

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Neurophysiology of Movement Lab
Integrative Physiology

Abigail G. Casso

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab
Integrative Physiology
Kristin Cler

Kristin E. Cler

M.S. Graduate Student • Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Lab
Integrative Physiology

Zane Colvin

M.S. Graduate Student • Applied Biomechanics Lab
Integrative Physiology
Robbie Courter

Robert J. Courter

M.S. Graduate Student • Neuromechanics Lab
Integrative Physiology
Allie Coy

Alexandra C. Coy

M.S. Graduate Student • Sleep and Development Lab
Integrative Physiology

Leah A. Davis

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Neurophysiology of Movement Lab
Integrative Physiology
Hannah Fandl

Hannah K. Fandl

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Integrative Vascular Biology Lab
Integrative Physiology
Christine Foxx

Christine L. Foxx

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Lab
Integrative Physiology
Kaiti Freeberg

Kaitlin A. Freeberg

M.S. Graduate Student • Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab
Integrative Physiology
Jesse Goodrich

Jesse A. Goodrich

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Applied Exercise Science Lab
Integrative Physiology
Nathan Greenberg

Nathan T. Greenberg

M.S. Graduate Student • Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab
Integrative Physiology

Caelyn E. Hirschman

M.S. Graduate Student • Applied Biomechanics Lab
Integrative Physiology

Shelby Hopkins

M.S. Graduate Student • Stress Physiology Lab
Integrative Physiology
Larissa Hunt

Larissa C. Hunt

M.S. Graduate Student • Circadian and Sleep Epidemiology Lab
Integrative Physiology
David Hutton

David A. Hutton

M.S. Graduate Student • Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab
Integrative Physiology
Akpevwe Ikoba

Akpevwe P. Ikoba

M.S. Graduate Student • Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab
Integrative Physiology
Akram Imam

Akram Imam

M.S. Graduate Student • Circadian and Sleep Epidemiology Lab
Integrative Physiology
Trace Jablin

Trace M. Jablin

M.S. Graduate Student • Sleep and Development Lab
Integrative Physiology

Trey R. Jouard

M.S. Graduate Student • Stress Physiology Lab
Integrative Physiology

Seman “Peter” Kim

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Applied Exercise Science Lab
Integrative Physiology
Niki Konstantinides

Niki A. Konstantinides

M.S. Graduate Student • Translational Epidemiology Lab
Integrative Physiology
Shannon Lanza

Shannon M. Lanza

M.S. Graduate Student • Sleep and Chronobiology Lab
Integrative Physiology

Madeline R. Lemieux

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Molecular Biology of Neurodegeneration Lab
Integrative Physiology

Luke E. Link

M.S. Graduate Student • Molecular Signaling of Neurological Disorders Lab
Integrative Physiology
Andrew Lombardi

Andrew M. Lombardi

M.S. Graduate Student
Integrative Physiology
Kelsey Loupy

Kelsey M. Loupy

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Lab
Integrative Physiology
Camille Mazurek

Camille R. Mazurek

M.S. Graduate Student • Molecular Biology of Neurodegeneration Lab
Integrative Physiology

Melissa R. Mazzo

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Neurophysiology of Movement Lab
Integrative Physiology
Narissa McCarty

Narissa P. McCarty

M.S. Graduate Student • Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab
Integrative Physiology
Aidan McQuade

Aidan M. McQuade

M.S. Graduate Student
Integrative Physiology
Marko Melnick

Marko A. Melnick

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Molecular Biology of Neurodegeneration Lab
Integrative Physiology
Amanda Mercer

Amanda N. Mercer

M.S. Graduate Student • Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab
Integrative Physiology

Ryan A. Milstead

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Molecular Signaling of Neurological Disorders Lab
Integrative Physiology
Jake Morawiec

Jakob H. Morawiec

M.S. Graduate Student • Genetics of Substance Abuse Lab
Integrative Physiology
Kathy Nguyen

Kathy H. Nguyen

M.S. Graduate Student • Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab
Integrative Physiology
Will Patterson

William B. Patterson

M.S. Graduate Student • Diabetes and Obesity Research Lab
Integrative Physiology

Hannah G. Pfrommer

M.S. Graduate Student • Sleep and Inflammation Lab
Integrative Physiology
Saydie Sago

Saydie A. Sago

M.S. Graduate Student • Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Lab
Integrative Physiology
Emily Schmitt

Emily Schmitt

M.S. Graduate Student • Molecular Signaling of Neurological Disorders Lab
Integrative Physiology

Austin J. Schreiber

M.S. Graduate Student • Sleep and Chronobiology Lab
Integrative Physiology
Elise Shalowitz

Elise L. Shalowitz

M.S. Graduate Student • Sleep and Development Lab
Integrative Physiology

Kelly A. Stockelman

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Integrative Vascular Biology Lab
Integrative Physiology
Taylor Teske

Taylor L. Teske

M.S. Graduate Student • Sleep and Development Lab
Integrative Physiology
Aimee Thomas

Aimee L. Thomas

M.S. Graduate Student • Genetics of Substance Abuse Lab
Integrative Physiology
Taylor Tvrdy

Taylor J. Tvrdy

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Neurophysiology of Movement Lab
Integrative Physiology
Anne Waddle

Anne E. Waddle

M.S. Graduate Student • Sleep and Development Lab
Integrative Physiology
Logan Weinman

Logan E. Weinman

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Neurophysiology of Movement Lab
Integrative Physiology
Dana Withrow

Dana M. Withrow

M.S. Graduate Student • Sleep and Chronobiology Lab
Integrative Physiology
Sachi Wong

Sachi D. Wong

Ph.D. Graduate Student • Sleep and Development Lab
Integrative Physiology

lab staff

Amy Bazzoni

Amy Bazzoni

Professional Research Assistant • Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab
Integrative Physiology
Morgan Berryman-Maciel

Morgan Berryman-Maciel

Professional Research Assistant • Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab
Integrative Physiology

Samantha J. Bonelli

Professional Research Assistant • Reproductive Endocrinology Lab
Integrative Physiology

postdoc

Tiffany L. Allen

Research Associate • Sleep and Development Lab
Integrative Physiology

Adam D. Bohr

Post-Doctoral Associate • Translational Epidemiology Lab
Integrative Physiology
Vienna Brunt

Vienna E. Brunt

Post-Doctoral Fellow • Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab
Integrative Physiology
Zachary Clayton

Zachary S. Clayton

Post-Doctoral Fellow • Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab
Integrative Physiology
Daniel Craighead

Daniel H. Craighead

Post-Doctoral Fellow • Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab
Integrative Physiology
Joseph Fritz

Joseph Fritz

Postdoctoral Fellow • Circadian and Sleep Epidemiology Lab
Integrative Physiology

Lauren E. Hartstein

Post-Doctoral Associate • Sleep and Development Lab
Integrative Physiology

Jamie Hijmans

Post-Doctoral Associate • Integrative Vascular Biology Lab
Integrative Physiology

Cristian A. Zambrano

Postdoctoral Fellow • Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Lab
Integrative Physiology

staff

Hannah Bethke

Hannah Bethke

Human Resources and Travel Manager
Integrative Physiology
Marsha Cook

Marsha Cook

Program Assistant II
Integrative Physiology
Functions as the office manager and assistant to the Chairs
Brian Gordon

Brian Gordon

Program Assistant II
Integrative Physiology
Serves as the Graduate Program administrator
Eric Heltne

Eric Heltne

IT Support
Integrative Physiology
Jennifer Law

Jennifer Shannon Law

Manager of Operations
Integrative Physiology
Provides accounting and payroll support for faculty and staff
Brandon Michieli

Brandon Michieli

Administrative Assistant
Integrative Physiology
Main office receptionist, building proctor, and the person who handles undergraduate registration matters.
Trisha Ward

Trisha Ward

Building and Finance Manager
Integrative Physiology
Provides procurement card, purchasing, and subject payment support for faculty and staff.
Paula Yamashita

Paula Yamashita

Research Manager
Integrative Physiology
Oversees all research functions in the department. Provides research support to department faculty and research laboratories.