Kenneth P. Wright Jr., Ph.D.
Professor of DistinctionUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Ken Wright is a Professor of Distinction in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Director of the Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has over 25 years of experience in the sleep and circadian fields, has led individual and multicenter/team research grants and has participated in multicenter clinical trials. His research is aimed at explaining the physiology of sleep and circadian rhythms in humans, understanding the health and safety consequences of sleep and circadian disruptions, such as, metabolic dysregulation, impaired cognition, and compromised performance, and applying knowledge gained to develop sleep and circadian based countermeasures to improve public health and safety. Prof. Wright is committed to training the next generation of leaders in the sleep and circadian field. He maintains a large undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate training program in sleep and circadian physiology at University of Colorado Boulder. He has published over 135 peer-reviewed manuscripts and is a frequent reviewer for national and international grant agencies and journals. Prof Wright has served in leadership, consulting, and advisory roles for government, professional, community, and commercial stakeholders, such as, the Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board (SDRAB) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the Board of Directors of the Sleep Research Society.