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Sarah Deemer, PhD, CSCS

Postdoctoral Fellow
Nutrition Obesity Research Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama 35294
Full CV

Dr. Sarah Deemer joined the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center as a postdoctoral scholar in July 2017. In May 2017, Sarah completed her PhD in Kinesiology at Texas Woman’s University under the guidance of Dr. Kyle Biggerstaff and Dr. Vic Ben-Ezra. Sarah’s dissertation focused on the mechanisms by which sprint interval exercise can lead to augmented weight loss (compared to endurance training) in overweight women. More specifically, she examined the role of growth hormone and how changes in secretion of GH influenced lipolysis and fat oxidation. Sarah’s research interests further include the influence of omega-3 fatty acids on insulin sensitivity and adipocytokine production, as well as other nutrition- or exercise-related interventions aimed at reducing the risk of development of type 2 diabetes and metabolic disease, particularly in minority populations.


  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Alabama at Birmingham July 2017 – present
  • Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University (concentration: kinesiology) May 2017
  • M.S., University of Texas at El Paso (concentration: exercise science) May 2008
  • B.S., University of Texas at El Paso (concentration: kinesiology) May 2004


  1. King, G.A., Deemer, S.E., & Thompson, D.L. (2010). Relationship between leptin, adiponectin, bone mineral density, and measures of adiposity among pre-menopausal Hispanic and Caucasian women. Endocrine Research, 35(3): 106-117.
  2. Deemer, S.E., King, G.A., Dorgo, S., Vella, C.A., Tomaka, J.W., & Thompson, D.L. (2010). Relationship of leptin, resting metabolic rate, and body composition in pre-menopausal Hispanic and non-Hispanic White women. Endocrine Research, 35(3): 95-105.
  3. King, G.A., Deemer, S.E., Thompson, D.L. (2012). Adiponectin is associated with risk of the metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance in women. Acta Diabetologica, 49(1): 41-49.

Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
The trainee's projects are supported by Grant Number T32DK062710 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases or the National Institutes of Health.

Years: July 2017 - present
Mentor(s): Barbara Gower, PhD – primary mentor; Eric Plaisance, PhD – co-mentor