In order to foster the development of a new investigator in the field of nutrition or obesity research, the NORC supports a named new investigator, typically for a period of one year. The investigator must meet the criteria of the P/F study program and have an approved P/F project.

For more information, please contact:

Stephen Barnes, Ph.D.
Tel: (205) 934-7117
Fax: (205) 934-6944
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2021-2022 Named New Investigator

Sonia Fargue, Ph.D.

Sonia Fargue, Ph.D.

Assistant professor, Department of Urology

Title: Role of Obesity on Endogenous Oxalate Synthesis

Duration: 2021-2022

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Past Named New Investigator

  • 2020-2021 Named New Investigator

    2020-2021 Named New Investigator

    Glenn Rowe, Ph.D.

    Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Diseas

    Title: The Role of the Syndecan-4/Heparanase Axis in Exercise Induced Angiogenesis in White Adipose Tissue

    During: 2020-2021

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  • 2019-2020 Named New Investigator

    2019-2020 Named New Investigator

    Richard “Drew” Sayer, Ph.D.

    Assistant professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences

    Title: Effects of Dietary Protein Intake and Resistance Training on Retention of Fat-Free Mass during Weight Loss in Postmenopausal Women with Obesity

    During: 2019-2020

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  • 2018-2019 Named New Investigator

    2018-2019 Named New Investigator

    Brooks Wingo, Ph.D.

    Assistant professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

    Title: Comprehensive Lifestyle Intervention for Reducing Cardiometabolic Risk and Symptom Burden in Adults with Multiple Sclerosis

    During: 2018-2019

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  • 2017-2018 Named New Investigator

    2017-2018 Named New Investigator

    Marissa Gowey, Ph.D.

    Assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics

    Title: Using executive function to predict outcomes and adherence in family-based behavioral weight management

    During: 2017-2018

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  • 2016-2017 Named New Investigator

    2016-2017 Named New Investigator

    Eric Paul Plaisance, Ph.D.

    Assistant professor, Department of Human Studies

    Title: Role of Hydroxycarboxylic Acid Receptor Agonists on Energy Homeostasis and Metabolism

    During: 2016-2017

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  • 2015-2016 Named New Investigator

    2015-2016 Named New Investigator

    Nicole Riddle, Ph.D.

    Assistant professor, Department of Biology

    Title: Variation in the response to exercise - is there an epigentic component?

    During: 2015-2016

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  • 2014-2015 Named New Investigator

    2014-2015 Named New Investigator

    Tapan Mehta, Ph.D.

    Assistant professor, Department of Physical Therapy

    Title: Have the Advances in Cardiometabolic Treatments Attenuated the Obesity-Mortality Association?

    During: 2014-2015

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  • 2013-2014 Named New Investigator

    2013-2014 Named New Investigator

    Peggy Biga, Ph.D.

    Assistant professor, Department of Biology

    Title: Role of amino acids in the epigenetic regulation of muscle growth in determinate and indeterminate growth paradigms

    During: 2013-2014

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  • 2013-2014 Named New Investigator

    2013-2014 Named New Investigator

    Emily Dhurandhar, Ph.D.

    Assistant professor, Department of Health Behavior

    Title: Subjective Social Status as a Determinant of Fat Accretion in Response to Weight Gain

    During: 2013-2014

  • 2012-2013 Named New Investigator

    2012-2013 Named New Investigator

    Paula Chandler-Laney, Ph.D.

    Assistant professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences

    Title: The use of a jaw motion sensor to objectively measure infant feeding behavior

    During: 2012-2013

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  • 2011-2012 Named New Investigator

    2011-2012 Named New Investigator

    Anna Thalacker-Mercer

    Assistant professor, Physiology & Biophysics (JHS)

    Title: Peptide YY regulation of inflammatory signaling in primary skeletal muscle cells

    During: 2011-2012

  • 2010-2011 Named New Investigator

    2010-2011 Named New Investigator

    Jong-Eun Kim, Ph.D.

    Research Associate Professor, Dept of Mechanical Engineering

    Title: Childhood obesity as a risk factor for traumatic injuries: A mechanistic study

    During: September 1, 2010 - August 21, 2011