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in Basic and Clinical Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine

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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):

Kenneth P. Wright Jr., Ph.D. 

Types of Training Available


Research assistantships. 

Honors thesis.


Research placements are available for graduate students in the  

Kinesiology and Applied Physiology and Neuroscience programs. 

           Masters thesis and dissertation.


There are postdoctoral research opportunities available.

Types of Funding Available

Undergraduate and Graduate:

Undergraduate and graduate trainees are funded from research and University grants.


Postdocs usually apply for fellowships from National Institutes of Health (NHLBI, NIMH, NIA), National Sleep Foundation, National Science Foundation, and the National Research Council.  

Current Trainees (Names and Email address)

Predoctoral Fellows/Graduate Students:

    Danielle Frey, P.T. M.S.

Postgraduate/Undergraduate Students:

    Jennifer Hageman 

    Michelle Umali (Senior Thesis Brown University) 

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 

    Joseph T. Hull, Ph.D. Candidate, Joint Sponsorship Harvard Medical School, University of Surry  

Primary Research and/or Clinical Focus of Laboratory

Integrative physiology-sleep, circadian, neuroendocrine function and aging
Influence of sleep-wake homeostasis and circadian rhythms on neurobehavioral function 
Application of sleep and circadian physiology to public health and safety
Countermeasures to circadian misalignment  and sleep deprivation (shift work, jet-lag, sustained and continuous operations. space missions)
Cognitive function, sleep loss and circadian rhythms  
Physiology of the human circadian pacemaker and its entrainment by light

Technical Capabilities of Lab        

2 research suites (Inpatient sleep and chronobiology studies)
4 protocol rooms in the University of Colorado-Boulder General Clinical Research Center (outpatient studies)
3 Compumedics Siesta  digital ambulatory sleep and physiology recorders (32-Channel)
Quantitative EEG analysis software
2 laser printers, flatbed scanner, 3 CD-R archival systems
Laboratory core body and skin temperature recording
Ambulatory activity and light monitors 
Exercise testing/indirect calorimetry room 
Body composition (DXA) lab 
Wet labs for handling and processing blood, saliva and urine 

Primary Training Focus

Human (Basic)
Human (Clinical Research)

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 

Supporting Online Material 

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. 

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.