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Mary Neslund Latimer, M.S.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Biological Sciences; Focus: Nutritional Physiology
Campbell Hall, 173
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama 35294
Office: 205-934-9684
Full CV

Brief Biography: Mary Graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Georgia State University in 2010. She worked for a few years before continuing her education at Towson University and graduating with her Masters of Science in Physiology in 2014. Mary began the PhD program in Biology at UAB in Fall 2014 and chose Peggy Biga, PhD as her mentor.

Research Focus and Projects: Mary’s current project is titled “Unraveling the role microRNAs play in the regulation of fat oxidation during methionine restriction.” The project aims to look at the physiological and morphological hallmarks of methionine restriction in rainbow trout; Oncorhynchus mykiss. She aims to also show rainbow trout as a suitable model for studying metabolic disorders, such as Type II diabetes.


  • 2009: Molecular Basis of Disease Area of Focus – Summer Stipend
  • 2012,2013: Towson University Graduate Student Association Award- Travel Assistance
  • 2014,2015: Charlotte Magnum Student Support Fund: Lodging and Registration for Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting
  • 2015: Carolyn Ireland Travel Award: Research Travel Assistance ($1,000)
  • 2015: Chateaubriand STEM Fellowship Scholar: Travel and Living Expenses for Collaborative Research in Rennes, France ($5,300)
  • 2015: Nutrition and Obesity Research Center: Pre-Doctoral Fellowship


  • Neslund MC, Baker TC, and Shields VDC (2014) Electroantennogram Responses of Acheta domesticus to Plant−Associated Volatiles. Manuscript in Preparation

Years: 08/01/2015 - present
Primary Mentor: Steven Austad, PhD; Co-mentors: Shawn Bauldry, PhD; Robert Sorge, PhD; Peggy Biga, PhD

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.