Dr. Opp directs a research program funded by the National Institutes of Health to answer questions related to sleep-immune interactions. Epidemiologic studies consistently reveal strong associations between chronic insufficient sleep and inflammatory disease. Inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and stroke, and others incur tremendous cost in terms of lives lost and burden to healthcare systems. Yet, mechanisms by which chronic insufficient sleep induces, or contributes to, inflammation are not well known. Dr. Opp’s research program aims to elucidate mechanism underlying links between sleep disruption and inflammation. Within this context, specific projects focus on sleep and the inflammatory conditions of Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, musculoskeletal pain, aging and insulin resistance.
IPHY 4930 - Internship
Provides an opportunity for field/laboratory work in a variety of different settings. Consult with faculty for approval. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: completion of at least two of the major core classes.
IPHY 6840 - Research Project
Involves a scholarly investigation of a selected topic using literature and/or experimental techniques. Advisor required. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.