Lab Members


Karyn Hamilton
Karyn Hamilton

(970) 491-3961
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Karyn is the Director of the TRACD laboratory. While she isn’t floating around the lab, sneaking up on students to make sure they are diligently working, she is tending to her garden (at least when the deer and rabbits don’t eat it!) or enjoying the view from her mountain villa. A native of Wyoming (yes, people live there), Karyn grew up as a good-ole country girl and wanted to know if there were more edible options than beef. She attended Montana State University for a Nutrition degree and she then went to work as a clinical/research dietitian for a few years before returning to Montana State for a master’s degree in exercise physiology. She then earned her PhD at the University of Florida with Dr. Scott Powers studying oxidative stress and helping to unravel the mechanism of exercise-induced protection against myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury. Karyn went on to post-doc at Baylor College of Medicine for two years, returned to the University of Florida for a second two year post-doc, and then found her home as an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University. Now a full Professor she continues to set an excellent example for students, graduate students, and faculty alike. (Bio written by TRACD graduate students)

Post-Doctoral Fellows and PhD Students

Post-Doctoral Fellows

PhD Students

Former PhD Students

  • Christopher Wolff, University of Florida
  • Becky Scalzo, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Josh Drake, Center for Skeletal Muscle Research, UVA School of Medicine
  • Elise Donovan, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
  • Shadi Khademi, Division of Human Genetics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Nellie Reuland Bruns, Assistant Professor, Division of Kinesiology and Health, University of Wyoming
  • Matthew Robinson, Assistant Professor, School of Biological and Population Health Science, Oregon State University

Masters Students

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Research Fellows and Professional Research Associates

Professional Research Associates

Lab Collaborators