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Past Predoctoral Member: Rachel A. H. Davis, MS

Graduate Student Trainee
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Nutrition Sciences
1675 University Blvd, WEBB 550
Birmingham, AL 35233
Full CV

Rachel earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from UAB while competing on the track and cross country teams. Continuing at UAB, she immediately began her Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences in 2014, followed by her entry into the PhD program in 2015. Her research interests include the identification and utilization of nutrient-sensing and physical activity-linked pathways and the associated activation of thermogenesis in brown and white adipose tissue.


  • Howerde E. Sauberlich Endowed Award for Excellence in Nutrition Sciences Research (2015)


  • Harley, R.A., Halbrooks, J.E., Fisher, G., Hunter, G.R., Plaisance, E.P. High-Intensity Interval
    Exercise with Calorie Restriction Improves Intramuscular Markers of Glucose and Lipid
    Metabolism in Diet-Induced Obesity. Accepted for oral presentation at The Obesity Society
    Annual Meeting; Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2016; New Orleans, LA.
  • Harley, R.A., Halbrooks, J.E., Nagy, T.R., Fisher, G., Hunter, G.R., Plaisance, E.P. High-
    Intensity Interval Training with Energy Restriction Preserves Lean Tissue and Improves Glucose
    Tolerance in Obesity. Accepted as a Thematic Poster at the American College of Sports
    Medicine Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48: S5.

Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
The trainee's projects are supported by Grant Number T32HL105349 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute or the National Institutes of Health.

Years: 08/01/2016 - 2018
Primary Mentor: Timothy R. Nagy, PhD
Co-mentors: Eric P. Plaisance, PhD and Jose R. Fernandez, PhD