Chandler Laney

Paula Chandler-Laney


My overall research goal is to elucidate the biobehavioral mechanisms that underlie the intergenerational transmission of obesity and comorbid metabolic diseases.  Currently, my studies focus on pregnancy and infancy as critical periods during which risk for obesity may be modified.  We examine metabolic health during pregnancy with assessments of glucose metabolism, free-living glucose profile, and lipid profile, along with diet and physical activity, and then conduct longitudinal follow-up to examine growth and body composition changes in the children.  We are also working to develop objective methods with which to characterize eating behavior during infancy and early childhood.  My research has been supported with funding from NIDDK and the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center and Diabetes Research Center.