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Riddle chosen as 16th Named New Investigator for UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center

July 14, 2015

Nicole Riddle, PhD has been selected as this year’s Named New Investigator for the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC). The center leadership selects among the funded pilot/feasibility recipients and then receives approval from the UAB NORC External Advisory Committee prior to formally making the appointment.

Dr. Riddle is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. She joined the faculty in 2012, after arrival at UAB from her initial faculty position at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms establishing and regulating epigenetic information, and how epigenetic systems ultimately contribute to gene regulation and disease.

The pilot project Dr. Riddle will work on in the next year is titled "Variation in the response to exercise - is there an epigenetic component?” The goal of the proposed research is to determine if epigenetic factors contribute to the variation in exercise response observed between individuals.

The Named New Investigator is an honor created at the time the UAB NORC received its designation as an NIDDK Center in 2001. The award is especially important for an early career scientist providing $45,000 towards salary, protecting effort dedicated toward their pilot project.

The first person to hold the new investigator distinction was Barbara Gower, PhD, Vice-Chair for Research in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences.