Josiane L. Broussard, Ph.D., Laboratory Director
Josie is an Associate 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.
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.
Lamya'a Dawud, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Fellow
Prior to joining the SAM Lab, Lamya'a received her B.A., M.S. Degrees in Integrative Physiology from CU-Boulder. She then earned her Ph.D. in Integrative Systems Biology from CU-Denver. Lamya'a spent the first two years of her Post Doc Fellowship using proteomics, metabolomics, RNA sequencing, and bioinformatics techniques to determine the neural mechanism(s) underlying stress-buffering effects of microbiome-based interventions. She now wants to become an expert in clinical research and perfect her people researching skills---The animals will miss her but us SAMmies are loving her!
Erin Kishman, Ph.D. Candidate, Soon to be Post Doctoral Fellow
Before joining the SAM lab, Erin obtained her B.S. from Grand Valley State University and her M.S. from Western Michigan University both in exercise science. She then earned her PhD in exercise science from the University of South Carolina, where her research focused on sleep and physical activity throughout the postpartum period. Her PhD training introduced her to sleep research which led her to pursue more training in the SAM lab. As a SAMmie, she is excited to learn more about circadian science and its impact on metabolism.
Sophie Seward, M.S., Ph.D. 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 focusing on blood pressure measurements. In Spring 2018 and 2019, Sophie qualified for and ran in the USA Olympic Trials for the marathon!