Amy_Miskimon_GossMost two-year-olds don’t have a care in the world except for maybe their favorite toy. Life for Amy Miskimon Goss at the age two was not as simple. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just before she turned two. By the time she was in the first grade, she was giving her own insulin injections three times a day.

“I suppose it's pretty easy to realize you are different from your friends at that age when you have to check blood glucose levels four times a day and take insulin,” said Goss, an Albany, Ga. native. “My parents and doctors made it very clear that to avoid serious complications down the road I needed to have a different lifestyle."

From a young age, Goss knew the importance of reading nutrition labels and practicing health habits long before her peers. Because of the impact nutrition research has had on her life, she realized it was her calling in life.

“My desire is to continue to further the scope of scientific evidence supporting ways to improve the lives of those living with diseases and also supporting means of disease prevention,” said Goss.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics at the University of Georgia. She moved to Birmingham after being accepted into the UAB Dietetic Internship program in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. Goss stayed and completed her master’s degree in clinical nutrition as well. It was during her time here that she realized her love for nutrition research. She is currently working on her doctorate in nutrition sciences under the mentorship of Barbara Gower, Ph.D.

“My research interests were a great fit for the type of research Dr. Gower conducts and the resources available within the department,” said Goss. “My research interests involve hormonal regulation body composition and fat distribution in aging populations.”

Goss wants to continue her research in an academic setting when she graduates.

“As a Registered Dietitian, I also have a background in clinical nutrition which will be a major asset in my future career as a nutrition researcher,” said Goss.