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Principal Investigator

Dr. Depner completed his PhD in Human Nutrition at Oregon State University followed by postdoctoral work in sleep and circadian physiology under the guidance of Dr. Kenneth Wright at the University of Colorado Boulder. While in these positions Dr. Depner developed expertise in nutritional biochemistry, metabolomics, and human clinical translational sleep and circadian studies. Dr. Depner's research program integrates his background and training to conduct rigorous human clinical translational sleep and circadian protocols to understand how the interactions between sleep and circadian physiology and nutrition contribute to metabolic health.



Research Assistant

I started working for the lab in December 2020 after graduating from the University of Utah where I majored in Kinesiology and minored in Modern dance, Chemistry, and Pediatric Clinical research.



Graduate Student

Misia’s interest in sleep research began when she began working as an undergraduate volunteer at the University of Colorado Boulder Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory in 2018. After graduating in 2020 with a B.A. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and spending some time working as a professional research assistant at the lab, she is excited to pursue a Ph.D. in the field. Her research interests include molecular biomarkers associated with sleep activity and effects of sleep and circadian misalignment on human metabolism.


Undergraduate Research Assistant

I joined the Depner Lab in September of 2020. I'm currently a Sophomore majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology, and my most recent UROP project was on the cognitive impact of subjective and objective sleepiness. I hope to further investigate interindividual susceptibilities to sleep loss in the future. I mostly focus on the cognitive aspects of the lab but help out the lab overall. I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, soccer, and spending time with family and friends in my spare time!



Undergraduate Research Assistant

I am a student at the University of Utah studying medicine and majoring in Health and Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology. I am a member of the University’s competitive climbing team. I joined the Sleep and Physiology Lab in 2020 as a Sophomore through the UROP program where I researched the effects of insufficient sleep on metabolism and timing of caloric intake.


Undergraduate Research Assistant

I am majoring in biology with a minor in Chemistry and Spanish. I recently joined the sleep lab during the summer of 2022. I want to learn more about how sleep (or no sleep) impacts our health and the neurological components of the body.

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Undergraduate research assistant

I joined the University of Utah Sleep and Physiology Lab in 2021. I am majoring in Biology, with the goal of hopefully going to med school some day!


Undergraduate Research assistant

I joined the sleep lab as a freshman. I'm majoring in Biology with a minor in German. I'm interested in further understanding the effects of sleep deprecation on the body, and some of my roles include screening potential candidates.

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Undergraduate Research assistant

Hello, my name is Bitia and I am currently a biology major with an emphasis in microbiology. In my free time, I like taking hikes, going to the lake and having a nice outdoor barbecue with the family. I’ve just recently joined the Sleep Lab Research team and I look forward to continue to learn more about the study and help be of support to it in any way that I can.


Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hi! My name is Diane, and I am currently a Biology major minoring in Chemistry and a pre-professional in Pharmacy. I joined the University of Utah Sleep and Physiology Lab the summer of 2022 through LEAP Health Sciences. I look forward to contributing towards the study as well as learning more about the effects of poor sleep and circadian misalignment. During my free time I love to go to the gym, shop, read, and spend time with my loved ones.