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Douglas R. Moellering, PhD

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Doug Moellering is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the School of Health Professions (SHP) and the Co-Director/Operational Director of the Diabetes Research Center’s Bioanalytical Redox Biology (BARB) Core facility. His collaborative research focus involves investigating many aspects of energy metabolism, mitochondrial physiology, Redox biology, exercise and nutrition, and their contributions to health & wellness, health disparities, cardiometabolic disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and aging. Model systems include cell culture, yeast, Drosophila melanogaster, rodents, fish, and human translational research. One of the current projects involves investigating the adverse effects of life stress on dietary choices that may contribute to increased levels of oxidative stress, cardiometabolic disease and obesity through the Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research. He teaches undergraduate and graduate nutrition and metabolism courses and is vested in pedagogy. Dr. Moellering is known for his ability to present sometimes complicated scientific knowledge that when translated into lay terms is relatively easy to implement as lifestyle, habit-forming, daily behavior choices that are of paramount importance. He has been an invited speaker at local libraries to speak about Cities for Life for a Healthier Birmingham, through the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, the Birmingham-Jefferson Food Policy Summit, local schools and other organizations. He currently is a SHP representative and member of One Great Community Council, which is part of a community engagement element of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Vice-president for a newly formed non-profit organization, Birmingham Ultimate Youth Association concentrating on increasing the awareness and participation in the sport of Ultimate ‘Frisbee’ for area youth, including underprivileged youth.