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Andrew McHill Ph.D.

Dr. McHill graduated with a Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology with a specialization in sleep and circadian physiology from the University of Colorado Boulder. After graduating, he completed an NIH funded post-doctoral fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School within the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders and joined the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences in Dr. Shea's Circadian Laboratory in 2016 as a visiting post-doctoral fellow. In September 2017, he became a Research Assistant Professor within the institute. Dr. McHill is interested in understanding the contributing mechanisms by which circadian misalignment (i.e. shiftwork or jetlag) and insufficient sleep leads to adverse metabolic health and poor cognitive performance outcomes.

Areas of interest

  • Circadian misalignment
  • Energy and glucose Metabolism
  • Sleep disruption
  • Caloric intake and hunger
  • Cognitive Performance
  • Countermeasures


  • B.S., Gonzaga University, Spokane Washington 2010
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder Colorado 2014
  • Fellowship:

    • Post-doctoral Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 2014-2017
    • Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow at OHSU, 2016-2017

Honors and awards

  • 2017- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Loan Repayment Program (NIH LRP) Renewal
  • 2015-2017 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Loan Repayment Program (NIH LRP)
  • 2015 American Academy of Medicine Young Investigator Research Forum Award
  • 2014 Young Investigator Award, William C. Dement Sleep and Chronobiology Summer Research Apprenticeship Retreat, Brown University
  • 2014 Society for Research on Biological Rhythms (SRBR) Research Excellence Award
  • 2013 The Society for Research on Biological Rhythms Fellowship Award
  • 2010 Robert and Claire McDonald Student Grant Award, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
  • 2010 Exercise Science Major of the Year Award, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Memberships and associations

  • 2015- Present Social Media Committee Member for Journal of Biological Rhythms
  • 2014-2015 Brigham and Women’s Hospital PhD Mentoring Circles
  • 2013- Present Society for Research on Biological Rhythms
  • 2013- Present American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • 2010-Present Sleep Research Society


  • McHill A.W., Hull J.T., McMullan C.J., Klerman E.B. “Chronic Insufficient Sleep has a Limited Impact on Circadian Rhythmicity of Subjective Hunger and Awakening Fasted Metabolic Hormones”. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 2018, 9:319. PMID: 29946297

  • McHill A.W., Hull J.T., Wang W., Czeisler C.A., Klerman E.B. “Chronic Sleep Curtailment, Even Without Extended (>16 h) Wakefulness, Degrades Human Vigilance Performance”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2018 115(23): 6070-6075. PMID: 29784810

  • Depner C.M., Melanson E.L., McHill A.W., Wright Jr., K.P. "Mistimed food intake and sleep alters 24 hour time-of-day patterns of the human plasma proteome". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2018, 115(23):E5390-E5399. PMID: 29784788

  • McHill A.W., Czeisler C.A., Shea S.A. "Resident physician extended work hours and burnout". Sleep, 2018 41(8). PMID: 29901751

  • McHill A.W., Phillips A.J.K, Czeisler C.A., Keating L., Yee K., Barger L.K., Garaulet M., Scheer A.J.L., Klerman E.B. “Later circadian timing of food intake is associated with increased body fat”. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2017 106(5): 1213-1219. PMID: 28877894

  • Stothard E.R.*, McHill A.W.*, Depner C.M., Birks B.R.,  Moehlman T.M., Ritchie H.K., Guzzetti J.R.,  Chinoy E.D., LeBourgeois M.K.,  Axelsson J., Wright Jr., K.P. “Circadian Entrainment to the Natural Light-Dark Cycle Across Seasons and the Weekend” Current Biology, 2017, 27(4); 508-13. *These authors contributed equally. PMID: 28162893

  • McHill A.W., Wright Jr. K.P. “Role of sleep and circadian disruption on energy expenditure and in metabolic predisposition to human obesity and metabolic disease” Obesity Reviews, 2017 Suppl 1:15-24. PMID: 28164449

  • Burke T.M., Markwald R.R., McHill A.W., Chinoy E.D., Snider J.A., Bessman S.C., Jung C.M., O’Neill J.S., Wright Jr. K.P. “Effects of caffeine on the human circadian clock in vivo and in vitro.” Science Translational Medicine, 2015 (7) 305:305ra146. PMID: 26378246

  • McHill A.W., Melanson E.L., Higgins J., Connick E., Moehlman T.M., Stothard E.R., Wright Jr., K.P. “Impact of Circadian Misalignment on Energy Metabolism During Simulated Nightshift Work.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2014 111:17302-17307. PMID: 25404342

  • Wright Jr. K.P., McHill A.W., Birks B.R., Griffin B.R., Rusterholz T., Chinoy E.D. “Entrainment of the Human Circadian Clock to the Natural Light-Dark Cycle.” Current Biology 2013 23:1554–1558. PMID: 23910656

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