Nutrition Sciences Chair Office

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Faculty Administrative Position

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    Bertrand, Brenda, Program Director 2014 -

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    Demark-Wahnefried Ph.D., Wendy, Associate Director 2010 -

    Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD is Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Demark-Wahnefried received her baccalaureate degree in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry from the University of Michigan and then completed a coordinated master’s degree – dietetic internship through the VA Texas Medical Center, Texas Women’s University and Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her doctoral degree in Nutritional Science from Syr...

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    Fernandez Ph.D., Jose, Vice Chairperson 2008 -

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    Follette, Claudia, Program Director 2016 -

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    Garvey, W. Timothy, Department Chairperson 2003 -

    Dr. Garvey is Professor of Medicine in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He obtained his MD degree, cum laude, from St. Louis University in 1978, and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Barnes Hospital, Washington University, in 1981. He then was a clinical fellow in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He subsequently held facul...

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    Gower Ph.D., Barbara, Director 2008 -

    Barbara Gower is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and serves as Director of the Metabolism Core for the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and the Human Physiology Core for the Diabetes Research Center. Her research focus is on the interplay between diet, endocrinology, and metabolism and their relation to chronic metabolic disease, with expertise in evaluation of body composition, body fat distri...

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    Gower Ph.D., Barbara, Vice Chairperson 2013 -

    Barbara Gower is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and serves as Director of the Metabolism Core for the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and the Human Physiology Core for the Diabetes Research Center. Her research focus is on the interplay between diet, endocrinology, and metabolism and their relation to chronic metabolic disease, with expertise in evaluation of body composition, body fat distri...

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    Hill, James, Department Chairperson 2018 -

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    Nagy Ph.D., Timothy, Director 2008 -

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    Piyathilake Ph.D., Chandrika, Division Director 2008 -

  • Faculty Position

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    Bertrand III, Fred, Associate Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Bertrand, Brenda, Professor (P) 2014 -

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    Chandler-Laney, Paula, Assistant Professor (P) 2011 -

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    Chang Ph.D., Pi-Ling, Associate Professor (P) 2008 -

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    Chung, B, Instructor (P) 2009 -

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    Deluca, Maria, Associate Professor (P) 2008 -

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    Demark-Wahnefried Ph.D., Wendy, Professor and Endowed Chair (P) 2010 -

    Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD is Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Demark-Wahnefried received her baccalaureate degree in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry from the University of Michigan and then completed a coordinated master’s degree – dietetic internship through the VA Texas Medical Center, Texas Women’s University and Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her doctoral degree in Nutritional Science from Syr...

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    Eto Ph.D., Isao, Associate Professor (P) 2008 -

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    Fernandez Ph.D., Jose, Professor (P) 2008 -

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    Follette, Claudia, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Garvey, W. Timothy, Professor (P) 2003 -

    Dr. Garvey is Professor of Medicine in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He obtained his MD degree, cum laude, from St. Louis University in 1978, and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Barnes Hospital, Washington University, in 1981. He then was a clinical fellow in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He subsequently held facul...

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    Goss, Amy, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Gower Ph.D., Barbara, Professor (P) 2008 -

    Barbara Gower is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and serves as Director of the Metabolism Core for the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and the Human Physiology Core for the Diabetes Research Center. Her research focus is on the interplay between diet, endocrinology, and metabolism and their relation to chronic metabolic disease, with expertise in evaluation of body composition, body fat distri...

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    Harman, Tara, Instructor (P) 2019 -

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    Hill, James, Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Hunter, Gary, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2017 -

    Scholarship

    Published over 250 Refereed Research papers concerning exercise physiology, exercise training, weight loss/weight maintenance, metabolism and insulin sensitivity. Had sustained NIH funding for over 20 years.

    Service

    Senior Editorial Board JSCR, JSC, and J Phys Ed, reviewer for over 40 medical/biological science journals, coach of RPM Olympic weight Lifting, Consultant National YMCA, Member US Weightlifting Federation's Scientific Services Committee, Schola...

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    Khaled, Mohammad, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2011 -

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    Kitchin, Elizabeth, Assistant Professor (P) 2008 -

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    Moellering, Douglas, Associate Professor (P) 2008 -

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    Nagy Ph.D., Timothy, Professor (P) 2008 -

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    Norian Ph.D., Lyse, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Peterson, Courtney, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Piyathilake Ph.D., Chandrika, Professor (P) 2008 -

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    Prince, Charles, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2013 -

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    Rivers, Carleton, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Roberts, Alicia, Instructor (P) 2007 -

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    Sayer, Richard, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Smith Jr., Daniel, Assistant Professor (P) 2010 -

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    Tamura, Tsunenobu, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2009 -

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    Yates, David, Associate Professor (P) 2016 -

  • Faculty Center Appointments

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    Baskin Ph.D., Monica, Associate Professor (C) 2010 -

    Dr. Baskin is a nationally-renowned health disparities researcher and professor of medicine in the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine. For nearly 20 years, she has led an extensive extramurally-funded research program focused on reducing health disparities in the Deep South among residents of both rural and urban communities and populations across the lifespan. Dr. Baskin’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Wood Johnson...

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Baskin Ph.D., Monica, Professor (S) 2013 -

    Dr. Baskin is a nationally-renowned health disparities researcher and professor of medicine in the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine. For nearly 20 years, she has led an extensive extramurally-funded research program focused on reducing health disparities in the Deep South among residents of both rural and urban communities and populations across the lifespan. Dr. Baskin’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Wood Johnson...

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    Fisher, Gordon, Assistant Professor (S) 2012 -

    Scholarship

    My current research is directed towards developing nutritional and behavioral strategies that can reduce the prevalence of metabolic and cardiovascular complications that are associated with type 2 diabetes. I am specifically interested in the mechanistic role through which mitochondrial bioenergetics and redox signaling influence the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes and associated comorbidities.

    Service

    I am an active member of the American College of Sport...

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    Kesterson Ph.D., Robert, Assistant Professor (S) 2004 -

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    Oster Ph.D., Robert A., Professor (S) 2015 -

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    Plaisance, Eric, Assistant Professor (S) 2015 -

    Dr. Plaisance is an Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Plaisance has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Obesity and Metabolism. He is currently Graduate Program Director of the Masters in Exercise Physiology and Undergraduate Honors Program Director.

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    Tarn, Valerie, Instructor (S) 2013 -

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    Wallace, Stephenie, Assistant Professor (S) 2012 -

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    Willig, Amanda, Assistant Professor (S) 2015 -

    Amanda L. Willig, PhD, RD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine. She received an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and minor in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University. She then completed her dietetic internship and MS in Nutrition at Virginia Tech University. Dr. Willig earned her PhD in Nutrition Sciences with training in Biostatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her current research focuses on nutriti...

  • Non-faculty Academic Position

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    Hughey, Melissa, Credentialed Course Instructor 2019 -

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    Wyatt, Holly, Professor 2019 -

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