Dr. Kenneth Wright, Jr
Integrative Physiology

Department of Integrative Physiology
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0354

Dr. Wright is a Professor of Distinction in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Director of the Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory at the University of Colorado Boulder.  He has over 25 years of experience in the sleep and circadian fields, has led individual and multicenter/team research grants and has participated in multicenter clinical trials. His research is aimed at explaining the physiology of sleep and circadian rhythms in humans, understanding the health and safety consequences of sleep and circadian disruptions, such as, metabolic dysregulation, impaired cognition, and compromised performance, and applying knowledge gained to develop sleep and circadian based countermeasures to improve public health and safety.


Prof. Wright is committed to training the next generation of leaders in the sleep and circadian field. He maintains a large undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate training program in sleep and circadian physiology at University of Colorado Boulder.


Selected Publications:

Depner CM, Melanson EL, McHill AW, Wright KP Jr. Mistimed food intake and sleep alters 24 hour time-of-day patterns of the human plasma proteome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2018. 115(23):E5390-E5399.

Stothard ER, McHill AW, Depner CM, Birks BR, Moehlman TM, Ritchie HK, Guzzetti JR, Chinoy ED, LeBourgeois MK, Axelsson J, Wright KP Jr. Circadian Entrainment to the Natural Light-Dark Cycle across Seasons and the Weekend. Curr Biol. 2017 Feb 20;27(4):508-513.

Wright KP Jr, Linton SK, Withrow D, Casiraghi L, Lanza SM, Iglesia H, Vetter C, Depner CM. Sleep in university students prior to and during COVID-19 Stay-at-Home orders. Curr Biol. 2020 Jul 20;30(14):R797-R798.