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Marwah Abdalla

Columbia University Medical Center

I have an interest in sleep and hypertension (including 24 hour out of office blood pressure).

Email: ma2947@cumc.columbia.edu

Mathena Abramson, BA

Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

I am interested in how sleep impacts mood as well as metabolism in humans.

Email: maabramson@bwh.harvard.edu

Ana L. Almeida Rojo, Neuroscience

CNUP Graduate Student

I am interested in sleep and circadian science since they can modify reward circuitry (i.e., one of my research interests)

Email: ala172@pitt.edu

Christian Agudelo, MD

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

I study sleep-dependent mechanisms and biomarkers of neurocognitive aging and neurodegenerative disease.

Email: cxa427@med.miami.edu

Ahmad Arslan, MD

UPMC PACCM/Sleep Medicine

For me, sleep medicine is an unexplored territory which carries a great potential of having new scientific discoveries.

Email: Arslana@upmc.edu

 

Priya Borker, MD

University of Pittsburgh I am currently investigating the biological mechanisms by which sleep dysregulation predisposes to inflammation and cardiovascular disease. Email: borkerpv@upmc.edu

Marissa Bowman, MS

University of Pittsburgh

I study the causes and cardiovascular health consequences of disrupted sleep and circadian rhythms. 

Email: mabowman5@pitt.edu

Glenna Brewster, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

My research aims to examine the effect of sleep disturbance and behavioral sleep interventions on persons living with dementia and their caregivers.

Email: glenna.brewster@emory.edu

Charlene Bumanglag, PhD

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

General research interests: Systematic racism, sleep disorders, and health outcomes among racial/ethnic, sexual and gender minority populations.

Email: bumac@hawaii.edu

Rebecca Campbell

University of Arkansas

I examine the role of sleep loss in emotion regulation, specifically avoidance behaviors, and how this relation acts as a transdiagnostic mechanism.

Email: rlc012@uark.edu

Maribel Campos, MD

University of Puerto Rico

Sleep patterns and it’s effects on whole body ecology are hereditable traits that contribute to the childhood obesity.

Email: maribel.campos@upr.edu

Steven Carlson, BS

University of Utah

I am very interested in the cognitive-behavioral factors that influence delayed sleep times.

Email: steven.carlson@psych.utah.edu

Brian Chin, PhD

University of Pittsburgh

I am interested in investigating the links between social relationships, sleep, and health/well-being.

Chin Moi Chow, PhD

The University of Sydney

Keeping the circadian clocks in sync with the environment is vital to health.

Email: chin-moi.chow@sydney.edu.au

Claudia Davis

Email: Cmdavis@csusb.edu

Mara Egeler, BA

The University of Pittsburgh

As a beginner to the field, I am looking to educate myself more on sleep as I hope to incorporate it in research at a graduate program.

Email: mee51@pitt.edu

David E. Ehichioya, PhD

Babcock University, Ilishan, Nigeria

My interest in sleep research is to explore how maternal sleep deprivation can affect hormonal circadian rhythms in the progeny.

Email: davehichioya@gmail.com

Mazen El Ali, MD

Email: elalim2@upmc.edu


KC Elliott, MA, MPH(p)

University of Alaska, Anchorage, and CDC/NIOSH

My interest is in sleep and circadian science informing occupational safety and health practice.

Email: nij7@cdc.gov

Mark Ferris, PhD

Wake Forest School of Medicine

I am interested in the relationship between substance/alcohol use disorder, motivation, and circadian rhythms.

Email: mferris@wakehealth.edu

Dorainne Green, PhD

Indiana University

I am interested in the role that sleep processes (quantity and quality) play in shaping racial/ethnic disparities in educational and health outcomes.

Email: dojlevy@indiana.edu

Jessica Hamilton, PhD

University of Pittsburgh

I’m interested in sleep and circadian rhythms in the onset and worsening of adolescent depression and suicidality.

Email: hamiltonjl2@upmc.edu

Amy Hartman, MS, OTR/L

University of Pittsburgh

I am interested in the intersection of sleep, circadian rhythms, and sensory processing skills in children with special needs.

Email: agh38@pitt.edu

Garrett Hisler, PhD

University of Pittsburgh

I focus on how circadian/sleep processes relate to self-control, personality and technology use, and how they can shape health and well-being.

Email: hislergc@upmc.edu

Beverly Hittle, PhD, RN

University of Cincinnati

My interest is improving the health and safety of shift workers, specifically healthcare workers.

Email: Beverly.Hittle@UC.edu

Abbey Hughes, PhD

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

My interest is in behavioral interventions for sleep disorders in people with multiple sclerosis and other neurorehabilitation populations.

Email: Abbeyjhughes@jhmi.edu

Daniel S. Joyce, PhD

University of Nevada, Reno

Visual and circadian neuroscientist studying the interactions between light and human behaviors.

Email: djoyce@unr.edu

Christopher King, PhD

Cincinnati’s Children Hospital

My research focuses on how behavioral mechanisms including disturbed sleep contribute to the development and persistence of pain in youth.

Email: Christopher.King@cchmc.org

Kimberly King-Bell

Email: kakingbell@ncat.edu

Andrew Kubala, M.S

University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Human Development & Center for Sleep and Circadian Science

Hello! My current research explores the bi-directional relationship between physical activity behaviors and sleep physiology across the lifespan!

Email: andrewkubala@pitt.edu

Maria Kallis, EdD

University of Puerto Rico

Interested in relationship of sleep and weight

Email: mkallis.bat@outlook.com

Nancy Kerner, MD

Columbia University

I am interested in conducting epidemiological research in sleep and circadian disorders in community dwelling older adults.

Email: nak2120@cumc.columbia.edu

Misol Kwon, BS, RN, PhD(c)

University at Buffalo School of Nursing

I study substance use and sleep health among adolescents and young adults.

Email: misolkwo@buffalo.edu

Alice LaGoy, MS

University of Pittsburgh

I am interested in the relationship between sleep and performance with a focus on sensorimotor tasks.

Email: adl59@pitt.edu

 Chantal Lemoine

Email: lemoinesotocm@upmc.edu

Yin Liu, PhD

Utah State University

I study how short-term associations between sleep and circadian health may affect health over longer time, in the context of chronic stress.

Email: yin.liu@usu.edu

Matthew Lehrer, PhD

University of Pittsburgh

I study the role of sleep and circadian disruption in aging and cardiometabolic disease.

Email: lehrerhm@upmc.edu

Kacey Lopes

University of Pittsburgh

I am interested in circadian science because of all of the factors that affect it, including biological, mental, and environmental

Email: lehrerhm@upmc.edu

Thandi Lyew

Email: lyewt@pitt.edu

Elizabeth Mahanna Gabrielli, MD

University of Miami

 I am interested in investigating the role of sleep and subsequent in-hospital delirium.

Email:  exm1044@med.miami.edu

Angelina Majeno, MPH

I am interested in how experiences of discrimination and other racial stressors (e.g., microaggressions) impact sleep.

Email:  angelina.majeno@uci.edu

Nour Makarem, PhD

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

My research investigates sleep and the circadian rhythmicity of behavioral factors in relation to cardiovascular risk.

Email: nm2968@cumc.columbia.edu

Jennifer Marsella, MD

University of Rochester Medical Center

My primary interest is in sleep across the menstrual cycle, as well as across the lifespan in women.

Email: jennifer_marsella@urmc.rochester.edu

Snezana Milosavljevic, Ph.D.

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

My research focuses on investigating the role of kynurenine pathway in sleep and cognition.

Email:  snezana.milosavljevic@uscmed.sc.edu

Zahra Mousavi, MSc

UC Irvine

My research investigates sleep as a transdiagnostic risk factor for a wide range of physical and mental health problems

Email: mousaviz@uci.edu

Puja Parekh, Ph.D.

Weill Cornell Medicine

I am interested in how sleep disruption and therapeutic sleep restriction can affect mood and reward behavior and neural circuitry.

Email: pkp2002@med.cornell.edu

Shameka R. Phillips, MSN, FNP-C

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

My research focus is pediatric sleep health disparities in disadvantaged and rural populations.

Email: shamekafnp@gmail.com

Chawanont Pimolsri, MD

Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand

To me, circadian science is so fascinating that it is the basis of all the functions in our brain, body, and mind!

Email: chawanont@gmail.com

Kristina Puzino, PhD

Penn State Hershey Medical Center

My research interests are in the assessment and treatment needs of youth with coexisting neurodevelopmental and sleep disorders.

Email: kpuzino@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Alejandra Ramirez-Cardenas, MPH

NIOSH

I’m developing a project that looks at sleep and fatigue in US oil and gas workers and learning about sleep science to better lead this project.

Email: ARamirez-Cardenas@cdc.gov

Emily Ricketts, PhD

University of California, Los Angeles

My current research centers on circadian rhythms and light therapy in children and adults with Tourette’s Disorder.

Email: ERicketts@mednet.ucla.edu

Darlynn Rojo-Wissar, MPH

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

I am interested in sleep and circadian science in the context of ACEs, the intersection of mental and physical health, and disparities

Email: drojowi1@jhu.edu

Greg Roussett

Email: Greg.Roussett@ucsf.edu

I hope to gain knowledge in sleep measurement methods. I am a psychiatry clinician and looking forward to continuing my career as a researcher.

Ryan Saelee, MPH

Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health

I am interested in racial disparities in sleep across the life course and its implication on cardiometabolic health.

Email: ryan.saelee@emory.edu

Dara Sakolsky, MD, PhD

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital & University of Pittsburgh

I am interested in the role sleep plays in pediatric anxiety disorders.

Email: sakolskydj@upmc.edu

Natasha Sangha, MSc

Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow

I am currently researching the relationship between circadian rhythms and mood disorders (major depression and bipolar disorder) as part of my PhD.

Email: n.sangha.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Kimberly Savin, MS

San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego

I am interested in sleep characteristics in relation to the prevention and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, particularly among Hispanics/Latinos.

Email: ksavin@sdsu.edu

Riddhi Shah, PhD

Columbia University Irving Medical Centre

To focus in depth how sleep restriction can alter circadian rhythms.

Email: Rjs2223@cumc.columbia.edu

 

Korey A. Smith, BA, BS

MUSC NIH-PREP Scholar

I am interested in understanding the relationship between overall health and circadian rhythms, and the impact of environmental factors on humans.

Email: KASmith222@yahoo.com

Sarah T. Stahl, PhD

University of Pittsburgh

I am interested in understanding changes in routine health behaviors in the wake of spousal bereavement and developing interventions to stabilize activity patterns

Email: sts80@pitt.edu

Michelle Stepan, PhD

T32 Translational Research Training in Sleep Medicine program

I am interested in the effect of sleep and sleep deprivation on cognitive processes, such as memory, attention, and placekeeping ability.

 

Caitlan Tighe, PhD

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, University of Pittsburgh

I am interested in studying sleep and behavioral sleep interventions in the context of aging and aging-related diseases.

Email: caitlan.tighe@va.gov

Eunjin Lee Tracy, PhD

University of Pittsburgh

The role of sleep in managing chronic illnesses and aging health issues in the context of couple and family relationships.

Email: tracyel@upmc.edu

Maria-Efstratia (Tia) Tsimpanouli, PhD, MSc

University of Michigan

I am interested in the quantitative analysis of sleep EEG and studying sleep & circadian rhythms in repeat-expansion diseases, both in humans & mice.

Email:  tiat@umich.edu

Aliona Tsypes, M.S.

University of Pittsburgh

I study reward-related abnormalities in suicidal thoughts and behaviors and would like to integrate sleep research methodology into my work.

Email: tsypesa@upmc.edu

Yari Valle Moro, mph, DrPH(c)

University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus

I am currently the coordinator in an NIH-funded randomized clinical trial designed to prevent childhood obesity. 

Email: yvalle.bat@outlook.com

Katarzyna Wac

 University of Geneva, Quality of Life Technologies lab

QoL lab researches how emerging technologies can help to quantify and improve the individual’s life quality, including sleep and physical activity.

Email: katarzyna.wac@unige.ch

Emily Wagner

University of Pittsburgh

I am a student researcher in Dr. Roecklein’s lab. I am interested in the relationship between circadian science and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Email: ecw47@pitt.edu

Delainey Wescott, BSc (Hons.)

University of Pittsburgh

I am interesting in sleep and circadian rhythm disturbances in depression, currently focusing on seasonal depression.

Email: dlw92@pitt.edu

Lauren Whitehurst, PhD

University of Kentucky

I examine the role of brain and body interactions during sleep for cognition and health.

Email: lauren.whitehurst@uky.edu

Shumenghui Zhai

University of Washington

I am interested in using technologies to promote sleep in children with chronic conditions and their families.

Email: sz69@uw.edu

Rui Zhang, PhD

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

I am interested in the brain mechanisms underlying the effect of sleep on risk of drug use and relapse.

Email: zhangrui90@gmail.com

Sarah Zwetzig, PhD

University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio

I am a postdoctoral fellow in sleep medicine at Lackland AFB treating insomnia and COMISA.

Email: zwetzig@uthscsa.edu