The UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences announces the addition of faculty member Paula C. Chandler-Laney, Ph.D. She transferred from a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Nutrition Sciences to an assistant professor. She earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Auckland, in her native country, New Zealand. She went on to complete a B.S. in psychology at UAB in 2000. In 2006, she completed her Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience at UAB.
Her research focus includes prenatal programming of children’s body composition and metabolism. Chandler-Laney is funded by a K01 grant to look at the role of the prenatal environment, particularly of maternal glucose and lipids, on offspring body composition and feeding behavior during early childhood.
Chandler-Laney has been published numerous times. Her most recent include “Maternal glucose concentration during pregnancy predicts fat and lean mass of prepubertal offspring” in Diabetes Care and “Higher gestational glucose concentration is associated with lower offspring insulin sensitivity and altered β-cell function” in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.