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Nicole Bowles Ph.D.

Dr. Bowles graduated with her Ph.D. from Rockefeller University and went on to earn a master's in clinical epidemiology from Weill Cornell Medical College as a Health Disparities and Community Engagement Research Fellow. Dr. Bowles who joined Dr. Shea's laboratory in August 2016 is currently funded by a Ford Foundation Fellowship; broadly her research focuses on the interplay between stress, endogenous circadian rhythms, and the endocannabinoid system in humans.

Areas of interest

  • Stress
  • Health Disparities
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Circadian Rhythms
  • Sleep Behavior
  • Cannabinoids


  • B.S., New York University, New York New York 2008
  • Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, New York New York 2013
  • M.S., Weill Cornell Medical College, New York New York 2015
  • Internship:

    • University of Pennsylvania Radiology Department May-August 2005

Memberships and associations

  • Sleep Research Society
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Society for Research on Biological Rhythms
  • International Cannabinoid Research Society
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science


  • Separate and interacting effects of the endogenous circadian system and behaviors on plasma aldosterone in humans. Thosar SS, Rueda JF, Berman AM, Lasarev MR, Herzig MX, Clemons NA, Roberts SA, Bowles NP, Emens JS, Ellison DH, Shea SA. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2018 Dec 6. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00314.2018. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30521366

  • Chronotherapy for Hypertension. Bowles N.P., Thosar S.S., Herzig M.X. and Shea S.A. Current hypertension reports.11 (2018): 97

  • Role of fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) in the leptin-mediated effects on feeding and energy balance. Balsevich G., Sticht M., Bowles N.P., Singh A., Lee T.T., Li Z., Chelikani P.K., Lee F.S., Borgland S.L., Hillard C.J., McEwen B.S., Hill M.N. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 29 (2018): 7605-7610.

  • Lowest perceived exertion in the late morning due to effects of the endogenous circadian system. Thosar S.S., Herzig M.X., Roberts S.A., Berman A.M., Clemons N.A., McHill A.W., Bowles N.P., Morimoto M., Butler M.P., Emens J.S. and Shea S.A. Br J Sports Med. (2018):bjsports-2018.

  • Recent legalization of cannabis use: effects on sleep, health, and workplace safety. Bowles N.P., Herzig M.X., Shea S.A. Nature and science of sleep. 9 (2017): 249

  • Trouble in transit: Organizational barriers to workers' health. Bowles NP, McEwen BS, Boutin-Foster C. Am J Ind Med. 2017 Apr;60(4):350-367. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22701. Epub 2017 Mar 6. PMID: 28262973

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