Nutrition Sciences

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Faculty Administration

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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 -

    Claudia Follette is an assistant professor in the School of Health Professions (SHP) and the Department of Nutrition Sciences (DNS). She served as the inaugural director of the Dietitian Education Program ( DEP) 2016-2018. She currently works with the Champion and Diabetes Type II weight loss studies and provides diabetes education through an initiative between UAB Highlands Community Clinics and DNS.

    Claudia Follette earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Oakwood Unive...

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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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    Annesi, James, Professor (P) 2019 -

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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, Associate Professor (P) 2011 -

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

    Pi-Ling Chang, PhD is an Associate Professor of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Chang received her baccalaureate degree in Natural Sciences and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Chicago. After serving as an instructor in the Department of Biochemistry at the King Saud University, Scientific College for Girls in Saudi Arabia for 5 years, she returned to the United States and earned her doctorate degree in Nutrition Sciences under the m...

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    Chung, B, Instructor (P) 2009 -

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    Deluca, Maria, Associate Professor (P) 2008 -

    Dr. Maria De Luca obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Calabria (Italy) working on the study of human genetic variation using high variable DNA markers. During that time she was awarded a European Union Mobility Program fellowship to work in the laboratory of Dr. Julia Bodmer at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London. The goal of the project was to develop a DNA method to discriminate among HLA alleles and apply it to the study of the genetic history of European populations. Dr. De Luc...

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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 -

    Claudia Follette is an assistant professor in the School of Health Professions (SHP) and the Department of Nutrition Sciences (DNS). She served as the inaugural director of the Dietitian Education Program ( DEP) 2016-2018. She currently works with the Champion and Diabetes Type II weight loss studies and provides diabetes education through an initiative between UAB Highlands Community Clinics and DNS.

    Claudia Follette earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Oakwood Unive...

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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 -

    Dr. Goss is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition Sciences at UAB, a Register Dietitian, and an early career investigator with expertise in conducting randomized clinical trials to examine the effects of diet quality and macronutrient composition on risk factors of chronic metabolic diseases such as obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and type 2 diabetes. The goal of her research is to identify effective, sustainable, and non-invasive dietary means of preventing and reversing dise...

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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 300 Refereed Research papers concerning exercise physiology, exercise training, weight loss/weight maintenance, metabolism and insulin sensitivity. Had sustained NIH funding for over 25 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 -

    Douglas “Doug” Moellering, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Health Professions, and Department of Nutrition Sciences. He also serves as the Director of the Bioanalytical Redox Biology (BARB) Core, serving multiple investigators in measuring functional mitochondrial physiology, bioenergetics, enzyme activity, markers of oxidative stress, and/or reactive oxygen species formation. Doug espouses and thinks education, either formal or informal, i...

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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 -

    Program Director of an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship with 3+ years of experience, including successful completion of a self-study and site visit for re-accreditation.

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    Roberts, Alicia, Instructor (P) 2007 -

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    Sayer, Richard, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

    Obesity is one of the most serious and complex public health challenges our society has faced. Past research has shown tremendous inter-individual variability in weight loss in response to physical activity and dietary interventions, which is driven by a complex set of biological, behavioral, environmental, and psychosocial influences on adherence and energy balance. My education and training in exercise nutrition, and translational science have fostered a strong desire to understand this comple...

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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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    Wyatt, Holly, Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Yates, David, Associate Professor (P) 2016 -

  • Center Members - Faculty

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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...

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