Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Stephen Watts began his career in aquatic science in the 9th grade, when he became enthusiastically interested in all things aquatic. Having completed degrees in marine and aquatic biology, he joined UAB in 1987, and has developed a strong program in aquatic and marine science. His interests include basic science, as well as applied science (aquaculture) and subsequently medical application of aquatic animal models.

    He is widely known as an expert in aquatic nutrition science, and has published over 150 articles in the field. He currently teaches Cellular Biology to juniors and seniors at UAB. He is the only faculty at UAB to win the prestigious Caroline and Charles P. Ireland Award for Scholarly Distinction, the Presidential Award for Teaching, and the Graduate Dean’s Award for Outstanding Mentorship.
  • Selected Publications

    Research Overview

  • The research interests of our laboratory are broadly in the areas of nutrition, health, obesity and longevity. We use primarily comparative aquatic animal models in studies related to human health. Our leading outcomes include understanding growth, reproduction, physiology and biochemistry, endocrinology, and immunological responses of aquatic models to nutritional and environmental stressors. We are particularly interested in those outcomes related to changes in body composition and the mechanisms therein as related to obesity and other comorbidities.

    We are very interested in the zebrafish and sea urchin models for their value in biomedical research. Killifish models are also very important, particularly those of short-lived species and their use in aging research. We are also interested in nutrition as it relates to improving aquaculture of new species. The laboratory is committed to promoting issues related to sustainability.

    The major topics of research in our laboratory include:

    Understanding the effects of nutrition and the environment on the body composition and physiological function of aquatic organisms. Primary emphases involve mechanisms leading to or preventing obesity.
    Developing standard reference and experimental diets for zebrafish Danio rerio, killifish Nothobranchius furzeri, and sea urchins (Lytechinus variegatus). These studies will lead us to understand the role of specific nutrients affecting development, growth, and health of parental and offspring populations.
    Evaluating causative factors, including nutrition and environmental toxicants, affecting longevity in short-lived models.
    Evaluating the nature and role of the microbiome in aquatic models, with emphasis in the response of the gut microbiome to nutrients and bioactive food components.
    Using nanotechnologies to develop nutrient and drug delivery systems in aquatic animals.
    Investigating the environmental physiology, growth, nutrition, and digestive physiology of species important in aquaculture, including sea urchins, tilapia, crayfish, penaeid shrimp, and freshwater prawns. Increased knowledge of these economically important organisms can lead to enhanced aquaculture practices.
    Resource sustainability.
  • Teaching Activities

  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • BY699 - Thesis Research (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • BY699 - Thesis Research (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • BY699 - Thesis Research (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • BY699 - Thesis Research (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • BY795 - Special Topics in Biology I (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • BY699 - Thesis Research (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • BY696 - Special Topics in Biology II (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • BY699 - Thesis Research (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • BY398 - Undergrad Research - RES (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • BY699 - Thesis Research (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • BY698 - Nonthesis Research (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • BY699 - Thesis Research (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • BY798 - Nondissertation Research (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • BY799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • BY795 - Special Topics in Biology I (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • BY499 - Biology Seminar (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • BY681 - Seminar Physiological Ecology (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • BY781 - Sem in Physiological Ecology (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • BY330 - Cell Biology (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology, University of South Florida 1986
  • Master of Sciences or Mathematics in Biology, University of South Florida 1981
  • Full Name

  • Stephen Watts