Sleep Research Society &
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Undergraduate, Graduate and Postgraduate Training Opportunities
in Basic and Clinical Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine
2001 - V Edition
University of Colorado
Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory
Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0354
Phone: (303) 735-6409
FAX: (303) 492-4009
Faculty (Name, Email address):
Types of Training Available
Masters thesis and dissertation.
Types of Funding Available
Current Trainees (Names and Email address)
Predoctoral Fellows/Graduate Students:
Danielle Frey, P.T. M.S. Danielle.Frey@colorado.eduPostgraduate/Undergraduate Students:
Jennifer Hageman Jhageman10@hotmail.com
Michelle Umali (Senior Thesis Brown University)Mumali@rics.bwh.harvard.edu
Trainees who have completed training [in the past five years] and current status (Name, Title, Institution, Email)
Theresa K. Kelly, Ph.D. Candidate, UCLA Neuroscience Program email@example.com
Joseph T. Hull, Ph.D. Candidate, Joint Sponsorship Harvard Medical School, University of Surry firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary Research and/or Clinical Focus of Laboratory
Technical Capabilities of Lab
Primary Training Focus
Other Training Opportunities
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Aging Training Grant
Representative Publications For the Last Five Years
Wright KP Jr., Badia P, Myers BL, Plenzler SL. The combination of bright light and caffeine as countermeasure to impaired alertness and performance during extended sleep deprivation. J Sleep Res. 1997; 6:26-35.
Wright KP Jr., Badia P. Effects of menstrual cycle phase and oral contraceptives on alertness, cognitive performance, and circadian rhythms during sleep deprivation. Behav. Brain Res. 1999; 103:185-194
Czeisler CA, Wright KP Jr. Influence of light on circadian rhythmicity in humans. In: Turek FW, Zee PC, eds. Regulation of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms. New York, NY: Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1999; 147-180.
Wright KP Jr., Myers BL, Plenzler SL, Drake CL, Badia P. Acute effects of bright light and caffeine on nighttime melatonin and temperature levels in women taking and not taking oral contraceptives. Brain Res. 2000; 873:310-317 8.
Wright KP Jr., Hughes, RJ, Kronauer, RE, Dijk, DJ, Czeisler, CA. Intrinsic near-24-hour pacemaker period determines limits of circadian entrainment to a weak synchronizer in humans. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 2001; 98:14027-14032.
Wright KP Jr., Czeisler, CA. Absence of Circadian Phase Resetting in Response to Bright Light Behind the Knees. Science. 2002; 297:571 Online Text http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/reprint/297/5581/571.pdf
Supporting Online Material http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/data/297/5581/571/DC1/1
Wright KP Jr., Hull, JT, Czeisler, CA. Relationship Between Alertness, Performance and Body Temperature in Humans. Am. J. Physiol. Regul. Integr. Comp. Physiol. Published online on August 15, 2002. http://ajpregu.physiology.org/cgi/reprint/00205.2002v1.pdf
www link for the Lab
Faculty Research Interests
Kenneth P. Wright Jr., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Wright is a behavioral neuroscientist/psychologist whose research interests include understanding the physiology of the human circadian pacemaker and sleep-wake homeostasis and applying that knowledge to improving alertness, performance and health. His research can be divided into three main areas. The first is to understand the contribution of the human circadian pacemaker and of sleep homeostasis in the regulation of brain function and behavior. A component of this research effort is to develop countermeasures to sleep loss and circadian misalignment. The second area takes an integrative physiological approach to understand the influence of sleep and circadian rhythms on human physiology, aging and health. The third research area is aimed at understanding the fundamental neurophysiologic mechanisms of circadian entrainment in humans. Dr. Wright’s research is currently funded through grants from the Sleep Medical Education Research Foundation, the NIH, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and the United States Air Force.