faculty

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. See my Neuromechanics Lab Web site for frequent updates on activities of the laboratory, also summarized in my IPHY laboratory page...
Josiane Broussard

Josiane Broussard

Assistant Research Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests Metabolic and tissue-specific consequences of sleep and circadian disruption. Development of behavioral and pharmacologic countermeasures to improve cardiometabolic health when insufficient sleep and circadian misalignment are unavoidable. Sleep and Metabolism Research . Education 2002, B.S. (Neuroscience & Psychology), Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 2010, Ph.D. (Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition), University of Chicago, Chicago, IL Professional Experience 2002-2004, Research Assistant, Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Harvard...
Heidi Bustamante

Heidi Bustamante

Senior Instructor
Integrative Physiology
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. Applied Exercise Science Laboratory . Education 1968-72, B.S., Manhanttan College, Riverdale, NY. 1973-73, M.A., Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. 1973-78, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Professional Experience 1979-1981, Assistant Research Physiologist, Institute of Environmental Stress, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. 1981-1983, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Education,...
Janet Casagrand

Janet Casagrand

Senior Instructor
Integrative Physiology
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. Integrative Vascular Biology Laboratory Education 1984-1988, B.P.H.E., University of Toronto , Toronto, Canada. 1989-1991, M.A., The George Washington University , Washington, D.C. 1991-1995, Ph.D., University of Maryland , College Park, MD. Professional Experience 1995-1999, Research Associate, Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. 1999-2003,...
Marissa Ehringer

Marissa Ehringer

Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology
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. Genetics of Substance Abuse Laboratory . Graduate training opportunities at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics . Education 1991-1995, B.S. Biology, B.A. French, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. 1997-2001, Ph.D., Human Medical Genetics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO. Professional Experience 2001-2002, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute...
Roger Enoka

Roger Enoka

Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests Neuromuscular determinants of motor function (movement) in health and disease. Neurophysiology of Movement Laboratory . Education 1968-1970, Dip. P.E., University of Otago , New Zealand 1971, Dip. Teaching, Christchurch Teachers College, New Zealand 1974-1976, M.S., University of Washington , Seattle, WA. 1976-1981, Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Professional Experience 1981-1987, Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences, University of Arizona , Tucson, AZ. 1986-1990, Assistant Professor,...
Monika Fleshner

Monika Fleshner

Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests Dr. Fleshner's research program is focused on 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. Stress Physiology Laboratory. Education 1982-1984, B.S., Department of Psychology, Iowa State University . 1986-1988, M.A., Behavioral Neuroscience...
Teresa Foley

Teresa Foley

Senior Instructor
Integrative Physiology
Todd T. Gleeson

Todd T. Gleeson

Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests Comparative physiology of exercise Lactate and glycogen metabolism in amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. Recovery metabolism Education 1974, B.S., Zoology, University of California at Riverside 1979, Ph.D. Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California at Irvine 1979-1981, NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of California at Irvine Professional Experience 1981-1988, Assistant Professor, Department of EPO Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 1988-1994, Associate Professor,...
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. Applied Biomechanics Laboratory . Education 1995-1998, B.A., Kinesiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 2002-2007, Ph.D., Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO Professional Experience 2007-2011, Post-doctoral Fellow, Media Lab Biomechatronics Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 2009-2011, Research Scientist,...
Ruth Heisler

Ruth Heisler

Senior Instructor • Undergraduate Associate Chair
Integrative Physiology
Steve Hobbs

Steve Hobbs

Senior Instructor
Integrative Physiology
Charles Hoeffer

Charles Hoeffer

Assistant Professor
Integrative Physiology
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. Molecular Signaling of Neurological Disorders Laboratory . Education 1991-1995, B.S. w/ Honors, Molecular and Cellular Biology (Biochemistry), University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 1998-2004, Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology (Neuroscience), University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 2004-2006 , Post-doctoral assistant, Dr. Eric Klann, Baylor College...
Tom Johnson

Thomas E. Johnson

Professor
Integrative Physiology
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. See my IBG laboratory page (updated more frequently) or my IPHY laboratory page (less so). Graduate training opportunities at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics . Education 1966-1970, B. Sc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1970-1975, Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Professional Experience 1975-1977, Research Associate,...
Tom LaRocca

Tom LaRocca

Instructor
Integrative Physiology
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. To participate as a research subject, see the Sleep and Development Laboratory Web site . For academic information, see the Sleep and Development Laboratory page within this Web site. Education 1987-1995, B.S. (Psychology) The University of Southern Mississippi (Gulf Park), Long Beach, MS 1996-1998, M.S. (Counseling Psychology)...
Chris Link

Christopher D. Link

Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests 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...
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. Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Laboratory . Education 1983-1987, B.A. Hons., University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 1987-1995, Ph.D., Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon Professional Experience 1995-2002, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University Research Centre for Neuroendocrinology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. 2002-2003, Neuroendocrinology Charitable Trust Research Fellow, University Research Centre for Neuroendocrinology, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. 2003-2007,...
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. Exercise Biochemistry and Cell Physiology Laboratories. Education 1970-1974, B.S., North Carolina State University , Raleigh, NC. 1975-1977, M.S., Wake Forest University , Winston-Salem, NC. 1978-1982, Ph.D., University of California , Berkeley Professional Experience 1974-1975, Research Organic Chemist, Research Triangle Institute. Research Triangle Park, NC. 1975-1977, Exercise Technician and Leader, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program,...
Matt McQueen

Matthew B. McQueen

Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests Genetic and molecular epidemiology. Microbiome and cardiometabolic disease. Epidemiology Laboratory . Education 1991-1996, B.A., Psychology (Neuroscience), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. 1998-2000, M.S., Public Health (Toxicology), University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA. 2001-2005, Sc.D., Epidemiology (Biostatistics), Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA. 2005-2006, Postdoctoral Fellow, Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA. Professional Experience 2000-2001, Scientific Programmer, National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center, University of...
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. Education 1971-1976, B.S., Department...
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. Sleep and Inflammation Laboratory . Education 1979, B.S. (Biology), Walla Walla College, College Place, WA 1983, M.S. (Biology), Walla Walla College, College Place, WA 1987, Ph.D. (Zoology), Washington State University, Pullman, WA 1988, Postdoctoral Fellow (Physiology), University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN Professional Experience 1988–1990, Instructor, Physiology & Biophysics, University...
Leif Saul

Leif Saul

Senior Instructor
Integrative Physiology
Doug Seals

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...
Jia Shi

Jia Shi

Instructor
Integrative Physiology
Jerry Stitzel

Jerry A. Stitzel

Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology
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. Molecular Neurogenetics Laboratory . Graduate training opportunities at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics . Education 1984, B.A. Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. 1992, Ph.D., Department of Biology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Professional Experience 1992-1994,...
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. Reproductive Endocrinology Laboratory . Education 1983-1987, B.S., Zoology, Texas A&M Univeristy, College Station, TX 1987-1989, M.S., Zoology, University of California at Berkeley 1989-1993, Ph.D., Zoology, University of California at...
Celine Vetter

Céline Vetter

Assistant Professor
Integrative Physiology
Research Interests Chronic Disease Epidemiology Light, circadian rhythms, sleep, and health Shift work, work hours, and health See also more information at Circadian and Sleep Epidemiology Laboratory (CASEL) Education 2001-2004, Licence Psychology (BA equivalent), Université Louis Pasteur (now Université de Strasbourg), Strasbourg, France. 2004-2006, M.Sc. Neuro-cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany. 2007-2011, Dr. phil. (Ph.D. equivalent), Psychology (Biology), Department of Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany. 2011-2014, Postdoctoral Research Fellow,...
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. Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory . Education 1986-1990, B.S. (Psychology), University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 1991-1994, M.A., (Behavioral Neuroscience/Psychology) Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 1994-1996, Ph.D. (Behavioral Neuroscience/Psychology) Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH Professional Experience 1989-1991, Research Assistant in...

staff

Marsha Cook

Marsha Cook

Program Assistant II
Integrative Physiology
Functions as the Graduate Program administrator and as the office manager.
Brandon Geer

Brandon Geer

Accounting Technician
Integrative Physiology
Provides payroll and travel support for faculty, staff, and students.
Brian Gordon

Brian Gordon

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

Eric Heltne

IT Support
Integrative Physiology
Jennifer Law

Jennifer Shannon Law

Accounting Technician
Integrative Physiology
Provides accounting and payroll support for faculty and staff.
Trisha Ward

Trisha Ward

Accounting Technician
Integrative Physiology
Provides procurement card, purchasing, and subject payment support for faculty and staff.