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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Maddie A'Bell, B.S.
Maddie joined the SAM Lab in the Summer of 2021. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry. She plans on pursing graduate school after graduation.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
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.
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.
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 an accelerated nursing program after graduation.
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.
Chieko joined the SAM Lab in the Spring of 2022. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Biology and English with a Spanish Minor. Chieko has goals to become a general surgeon by continuing her education at medical school.