Barbara A. Gower, PhD

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Dept. of Nutrition Sciences
Division of Physiology & Metabolism

Contact Information:

Office Address: WEBB 423
Phone: 934-4087
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Websites: Nutrition Sciences Faculty Page
                School of Medicine Faculty Profile

Education:

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 
BS, Microbiology, 1980

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 
PhD, Biology (Endocrinology/Physiology), 1990

Post-Graduate Training:

University of Delaware, Newark, DE 
Postdoctoral fellow, Endocrinology, 1990-4

University of Alabama at Birmingham 
Postdoctoral fellow, Dept of Nutrition Sciences (metabolism), 1995-7

Research Description:

Dr. Gower research interests are related to obesity and energy metabolism, with an emphasis on insulin secretion/action and the role of the endocrine system. Her ongoing research is directed toward understanding the physiologic basis for the greater prevalence of type 2 diabetes among African-Americans in both children and adults; how variation in diet macronutrient composition affects metabolic health, weight loss, and weight loss maintenance; body fat distribution and risk for chronic metabolic disease; and interrelationships among inflammatory factors, insulin sensitivity, and body fat distribution in healthy African-American and Caucasian individuals. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Gower serves as Director for the Metabolism Core Laboratory of UAB’s General Clinical Research Center and Clinical Nutrition Research Center.

Publications

DRC Membership Category:

Senior Scientist