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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 molecular metabolism and sleep 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 and manages 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. Ellen keeps the lab organized and running smoothly by overseeing every aspect of our research including IRB regulation and compliance, data collection and organization, participant recruitment and communication, student and staff training, scheduling, and inpatient study visit coordination.



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 at CSU. As a SAMmie Sophie will investigate countermeasures to circadian misalignment. In Spring 2018 and 2019, Sophie qualified for and ran in the USA Olympic Trials for the marathon! 

Catherine Lowry, B.S.Ed., Master's Student
Cat obtained her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology at Baylor University and entered the MS program at CSU in 2021. 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)! She hopes to transition to the PhD program in the Fall of 2023.
Raj Trikha, M.S., Medical Student
Raj is a medical student in the first class to complete medical school through the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the CSU campus. Raj 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. 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 obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Temple University. Jay's interests lie in sports performance, strength and conditioning. As a coach, Raj provides athletes the physical and mental tools to overcome adversity and to perform at their highest potential.
As a SAMmie, Jay is testing the impact of sleep extension on physical and cognitive performance in ROTC cadets.
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Nicole Green, B.S., Medical Student
Nicole obtained Bachelor's Degrees in Kinesiology and Science Communications from University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is currently a fourth year medical student in Kentucky and is applying to be a family medicine physician.
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Grissy Sime Mora, B.S., Master's Student
Grissy obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Nutrition from University of Connecticut and is the newest edition to the SAMmie grad student group. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing and hiking. 



Jon Wegleitner, B.S.
Jon obtained his Bachelor's degree in Health and Exercise Science from CSU and then worked as a medical scribe and orthopedic medical assistant before joining the lab. Jon is responsible for study shift coverage and participant recruitment with plans to pursue graduate school.


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Laurel Anderson
Laurel is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences. She plans to pursue a degree in genetic counseling.
Lauren Smith
Lauren joined the SAM Lab as a summer intern from Pitzer College. She loved CSU so much she transferred and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry. She plans to apply to medical school after graduation.
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Emily Donohoe
Emily is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences. After graduation, she wants to work in a profession that involves her passion for science and helping people.
Chieko Link
Chieko is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Biology and English with a Spanish Minor. Chieko hopes to attend medical school after graduation to become a general surgeon.
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Emma Fischbeck
Emma is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences and with a Spanish Minor. Emma hopes to attend PA school after graduation.
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