The ultimate goal of the Laboratory of Integrative Biology is to provide a dynamic and diverse research training experience through the performance of varied, but high quality projects of inquiry.
Students can expect exposure to multiple ventures, and consequently, acquire a degree of expertise and/or familiarity with a broad range of approaches for addressing issues pertaining to human physiological function. When necessary, should a specific project require skills outside of the laboratory’s vitae, it is able to exploit the talents and expertise of colleagues within the department and/or university, and when necessary, peers throughout Colorado and Wyoming.
To support the laboratory’s objective, and as an indicator of past success, during its first eleven years, the laboratory has secured funding and contracts from multifarious sources including federal, pharmaceutical, and industrial entities.
To this end, our past and current crimes against humanity include:
- Magnesium (Putting the bicycle pedal to the metal)
- Cannabis (Staying Rocky Mountain High in Colorado)
- SGLT2 (Sweet Pee, sour blood)
- Best Time of Day To Exercise? (The time that you’ll do it)
- Carbon monoxide and glucose tolerance (It’s not just for global warming)
- Electrotextiles (A shocking new clothing development)
- Upper limb occlusion during lower body exercise (A disarming ergogenic aid?)
- Insertable Medical Sensors (It’s what’s on the inside that counts)
- Use of liposomal glutathione to decrease circulating and urinary mercury (As mad as a hatter, but as cute as a glute-athione)
- Sprint Interval Training and Older Adults (Swaying the balance between stamina and stability)
- Influence of Active Muscle Mass and Modality Specific Training on Exercise Performance In Hypoxia (Rowing up the mountain and cycling down the river)
- Use of ischemic pre-conditioning to promote oral glucose tolerance (Putting the squeeze on diabetes)
- Assessment of a commercially available iron supplement for athletes (Returning the iron to the iron man (and woman!))
- Maintenance of weight loss through increased energy flux (What goes down need not go back up)
- Evaluation of liposomal encapsulated vitamin C (The Trojan Horse principle of nutraceutical delivery)
- Rapid acclimatization to high altitude (Doing drugs and getting high)
- Influence of sprint interval training on insulin sensitivity and energy expenditure (Quick fit!)
- Interaction of diabetes medication and exercise (Taking the sweet out of sweat)
- Acute administration of dietary nitrate (A new way to beet diabetes)
- Brown fat and older humans (Brown is the new gray)
Since 2005, 18 graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) have been honorably discharged from the laboratory; all have continued in health, education, and/or research-intensive appointments, spanning high-school science, doctoral, and post-doctoral training, and tenure-track university positions. None have ever appeared on the FBI’s most-wanted list.
If you have obtained a C grade or greater in HES403 Physiology of Exercise there may be an opportunity for you to obtain hands-on research experience while developing your pre-professional resume. Contact the lab to inquire about potential research opportunities.
What past students and trainees have to say about their time in the Laboratory of Integrative Biology
…a complete waste of my student fees.
On reflection, those were the worst years of my life. The emotional scars run like despair filled trenches across a broken landscape of hurt and sorrow.
There’s an old Chinese Proverb that goes, ‘Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.’ Since my time in that lab, I’ve been followed by private detectives and photographers from trashy magazines. Never seen any treasure. Enough said.
Gave me an itchy brain. Became almost average a little later but remained tediously tolerable; nothing worth tweeting about.
That Dr. Bell, he was always the cleverest boy in school.