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.

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.
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.
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.

Elizabeth Connick

Associate Professor Adjunct
University of Colorado Denver

Barbara Demmig-Adams

Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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
Tom LaRocca

Tom LaRocca

Instructor
Integrative Physiology
Teaches Scientific Writing.
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.
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
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.
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

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

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; light, circadian rhythms, sleep, and health; shift work, work hours, and 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.

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

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