The Role of Insufficient Sleep and Circadian Misalignment in Timing of Food Intake, Energy Metabolism, and Metabolic Disease Risk

Faculty Name:
Christopher Depner

Department:
Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation

Faculty College:
Health

Email:
christopher.depner@utah.edu


Project Description:

This is a 5 year study investigating how insufficient sleep interacts with nutrition, timing of food intake, and physical activity to increase risk of metabolic disorders including obesity and diabetes. Furthermore, we will use a “real-world” intervention to improve sleep health with the goal of improving overall metabolic health status.



Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; This is a paid research position; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis; Earn independent study credit


Student Role:

Subject recruitment, analyze polysomnography, diet, sleep, circadian, physical activity, energy expenditure, and oral glucose tolerance data. Run in -lab sleep studies.


Student Benefits:

Work with research with nurses , analyze sleep data, conduct real-world sleep intervention, learn statistical methods, gain clinical research experience, apply for UROP.


Project Duration:

Students are expected to commit 6 months of work or more, with 5-10 hours per week of work. Flexible and remote working schedules provided.


Minimum Requirements:

Interest in learning how to conduct human sleep and circadian research and understand sleep and circadian physiology.