THE TEAM

STAFF

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Josiane L. Broussard, Ph.D., Laboratory Director

Josie is an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University in the Department of Health and Exercise Science. Before CSU she was a mentored junior faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder where she trained in circadian biology with Professor Kenneth P. Wright, Jr. Prior to Colorado, Josie completed her postdoctoral work with Dr. Richard Bergman in Los Angeles, focused on obesity and insulin resistance in an animal model. For her graduate work, Josie studied sleep and metabolism with Dr. Eve Van Cauter at the University of Chicago. Before that, she majored in neuroscience at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA and before THAT she grew up on the coast of Maine. 

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Ellen Lyon, M.S., Laboratory Manager

Ellen is a Research Associate managing the SAM Lab at CSU. She has a background in clinical exercise physiology and previously worked in diabetes and vascular research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She keeps all of us organized and the lab running by overseeing every aspect of our research (as Josie would say--she is the "real" boss). She takes care of IRB regulatory and compliance work, data collection and organization, participant recruitment and communication, student and staff training, scheduling, conducting study visits...and whatever else needs to be done!

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Diane O'Neil, M.S., Research Associate

Diane is a Research Associate in the SAM Lab. She has a unique background in entrepreneurship, client support, software sales, and clinical/research laboratory experience. She obtained her B.S. Degree in Biology from Brandeis University (Same alma mater as Josie!) and her M.S. Degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Northeastern University.  Diane is personally dedicated to the advancement of sleep research in how it relates to metabolism from her own experiences and is ecstatic to be part of our progressive lab environment! She also brings her grant management experience to us--for which we are so grateful!

GRADUATE STUDENTS

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Sarah J. Morton, M.S., PhD Student

Sarah graduated with her Master's degree in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado Boulder and has been involved in sleep research since her undergraduate days. As our most senior student, Sarah is responsible for general study organization, assays, student training and tissue processing. Sarah is a certified EMT so also takes care of the IVs in all of our studies. When she's not in the lab, you will find her playing on soccer teams all over the city and rock climbing.

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Sophie Seward, M.S., PhD Student

Sophie graduated with her Master's degree in Exercise & Sport Science from Western Colorado University and is now pursuing her PhD in Human Bioenergetics. As a SAMmie she will investigate countermeasures to circadian misalignment. In Spring 2018 and 2019, Sophie qualified for and ran in the USA Olympic Trials for the marathon! 

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Raj Trikha, M.S., Medical Student
Raj joined the SAM Lab in the Spring of 2021. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration of Sports Medicine and Master's Degree in Nutritional Science at CSU. Raj  begins medical school in Fall 2021 and is in the first class of students to complete medical school through CU School of Medicine at the CSU campus. In his free time, Raj performs with a local improv team in Fort Collins.
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J'Michael Wedderburn, B.S., Master's Student
Jay joined the SAM Lab in the Fall of 2021. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Temple University. Jay's interests lie in sport performance, strength and conditioning. As a coach, he gave the athletes the physical and mental tools to overcome adversity and to perform at their highest potential.  We love having Coach Jay assisting us to maintain our optimal performance in the SAM Lab!
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Catherine Lowry, B.S.Ed., Master's Student
Cat joined the SAM Lab in the Fall of 2021. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology at Baylor University. Cat has experience in both health and performance exercise settings. In her free time, Cat coaches equestrian vaulting (gymnastics and dance moves done on top of moving horses)! We're glad Cat saddled up with us in the SAM Lab.

PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Brent Knud-Hansen, B.A.

Brent graduated from CU Boulder in December 2017 and joined the lab as a part-time PRA. He is currently attending the accelerated nursing program at CU-Anschutz. Brent loves international travel and can read, write and speak fluent Japanese. He is also a decorated unicycler.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

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Taylor Heap
Taylor joined the SAM Lab in the Spring of 2019. She is in the process of obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Sciences with honors along with a minor in Spanish. Taylor plans to pursue a career as a medical doctor after her undergraduate work is complete. 
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Hannah Lewin
Hannah joined the SAM Lab in the Fall of 2019. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Sciences with honors and a minor in Sociology. She plans to attend medical school when she completes her education at CSU.
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Laurel Anderson
Laurel joined the SAM Lab in the Summer of 2021. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Sciences. She plans on pursing a degree in genetic counseling.
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Maddie A'Bell
Maddie joined the SAM Lab in the Summer of 2021. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry. She plans on pursing medical school after  graduation.
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Lauren Smith
Lauren joined the SAM Lab in the Summer of 2021 as a summer intern from Pitzer College. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Physics or Biochemistry--she's still deciding! She plans on pursing medical school after  graduation.
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Satya Davis
Satya joined the SAM Lab in the Summer of 2021. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration of Sports Medicine. She plans on pursing medical school after graduation.
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Emily Donohoe
Emily joined the SAM Lab in the Fall of 2021. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Sciences and is a student of the CSU Honors Program. After graduation, she wants to work in a profession that involves her passion for science and helping people.
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Angel Bernard
Angel joined the SAM Lab in the Fall of 2021. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. She plans to continue her education in obtaining a PhD/MD focusing on neuroscience to become sleep specialist in order to continue research or treat patients with sleep disorders.