Barbara Gower

Research in the Department of Nutrition Sciences is designed to probe the mechanisms behind chronic metabolic disease (diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, etc.), particularly as they relate to obesity and nutrition. Our investigators use state-of-the-art techniques for assessing body composition, energy metabolism, and metabolic health in humans and animal models.

The Department hosts two NIH-funded centers, the Diabetes Research Center - 1 of only 17 in the U.S. - and the Nutrition Obesity Research Center - 1 of only 11 in the U.S., both of which provide a wealth of core services to assist investigators in the Department and across the UAB campus.

Dr. Barbara Gower
Professor; Associate Scientist, Nutrition Obesity Research Center; Vice Chair for Research