Welcome to the University of Colorado Denver Behavioral Immunology and Endocrinology Lab!The Behavioral Immunology and Endocrinology Laboratory has been active within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus for over 20 years. It is directed by Dr. Mark Laudenslager and is recognized as a Laboratory of Excellence by Salimetrics, Inc. The BIEL serves as a research laboratory and a core laboratory for a number of other investigators at UCD, as well as collaborators at several universities, hospitals, and other organizations. Some of the past and present collaborators with the BIEL include the Space Program at NASA, the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health and the Physiology and Medicine Nobel Prize winner Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and her colleague Elissa Epel. Funding for BIEL comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institutes (PCORI), and the Administration for Child and Families (ACF). Our collaborations are due in large part to novel assessment of biomarkers including a unique saliva collection device and most recently assessment of cortisol levels in small quantities of hair.
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Mark Laudenslager, Ph.D. (1986-present)
Professor and Lab Director
Director of the Behavioral Immunology and Endocrinology Laboratory
Benjamin Brewer, PsyD
Director, Clinical Psychology Services
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Kristin Kilbourn, PhD, MPH
Susan Mikulich-Gilbertson, PhD
Teri Simoneau, PhD
Teri Simoneau, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist at the VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System in primary care mental health integration. She worked in oncology and stem cell transplant for over eighteen years. Her early career as a nurse directed her clinical and research interests in medical psychology and psychosocial oncology. Specific interests include coping with illness, support of caregivers through the illness process, family coping, quality of life issues when dealing with cancer and illness, and training issues for early career psychologists. She was a co-investigator (PI-Laudenslager) on an NIH-funded study assessing the effects of a psychoeducational stress management intervention for caregivers of blood or marrow transplant patients and currently is a co-investigator (PI-Laudenslager) on a PCORI-funded study assessing the effects of a caregiver stress management intervention on transplant patients’ outcomes.
Crystal Natvig, MPH (2005-present)
Research Complex II, Rm. 3241
Email: Crystal Natvig
Crystal Natvig has been with the Behavioral Immunology and Endocrinology Lab since 2005. Crystal received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Applied Biostatistics from the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She continued her work as a Professional Research Assistant. Crystal started with the collecting and recording behavioral observations. Today, she’s the Developmental Psycholobiology Research Group (DPRG) coordinator and website manager. She also designs and maintains research databases, assists in analyzing data, aids in the management of clinical trials, and process sample materials in the wet lab. Her research interest is in statistical analysis methodologies and interpretation as it relates to gene-environment interactions, particularly in psychiatric epigenetic research.
Robby Shelton, M.S. (2014-present)
Research Complex II, Rm. 3410
Robby has a B.S. Degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Denver and a Master’s degree in Cancer Biology from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. His background is in Molecular Biology, DNA Sequencing, Cell Line Authentication, and Clinical lab work. His goals include getting his ASCP certification in Molecular Biology and to become familiar with mass spectrometry for a new assay in the laboratory.