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Past Postdoctoral Member: Victoria K. Gibbs, Ph.D. (Katie)

Katie Gibbs PhD
 
Postdoctoral Scholar
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
WEBB
Full CV

Dr. Gibbs joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in June 2014 as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the School of Health Professions, Department of Nutrition Sciences, UAB’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), and the UAB Obesity Training Program. Dr. Gibbs completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Biology in the Department of Biology at UAB. Her early graduate research studied the effects of temperature on reproduction and nutrient utilization in the sea urchin while working in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Watts. Dr. Gibbs continued in the Watts Lab for her dissertation work to further pursue her interests in aquatic animal nutrition. She specialized in evaluating dietary lipid levels and sources for sea urchin growth. She earned her Ph.D. in Biology at UAB in 2011.

In August 2011, Dr. Gibbs joined the Department of Biology at Villanova University as the Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Organismal Biology where she collaborated with Dr. Michael Russell to study sea urchin interactions with rocky substrata. She team-taught courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology and Biostatistics and Experiment Design while co-mentoring undergraduate research projects. Dr. Gibbs also designed and taught a course in Nutritional Biochemistry for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Gibbs’s experiences in the laboratory and classroom reinforced her desire to research physiological responses to nutrition and the environment using different animal models. In her current position at UAB, Dr. Gibbs will study how stressors and the management or mismanagement of stress responses (e.g. the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis and corticosterone) affect behavior, energetics, body composition, aging, and potentially lifespan using a murine model.

Research Interests:

  • Physiologic responses to environmental and nutritional conditions
  • Individual variation in behavioral and physiologic responses to stress
  • Biology of aging
  • Digestive physiology and gut microbiome
  • Alternative animal models

Education

2011 - 2014     Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Organismal Biology, Department of Biology, Villanova University
Ph.D.   2011    Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
M.S.    2005    Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
B.S.     2003    Department of Biology. University of Alabama at Birmingham

Publications

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • pre 2010
  1. Gibbs, V.K. and Smith, Jr., D.L. (2016) Nutrition and energetics in rodent longevity research. Experimental Gerontology. [DOI:10.1016/j.exger.2016.04.004]
  1. Gibbs, V.K., Heflin, L.E., Jones, W.T., Powell, M.L., Lawrence, A.L., Makowsky, R., and Watts, S.A. (in press) Optimizing dietary levels of menhaden and soybean oils and soybean lecithin for pre-gonadal somatic growth in juveniles of the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus. Aquaculture, 446: 198-205. [doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2009.03.046]
     
  2. Allison D and Gibbs V: F1000Prime Recommendation of [Fearing CM et al., J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2015]. In F1000Prime, 14 Oct 2015; [DOI: 10.3410/f.725722071.793510265] F1000Prime.com/725722071#eval793510265
  1. Heflin, L.E., Gibbs, V.K., Jones, W.T., Powell, M.L., Makowsky, R., Lawrence, A.L., and Watts, S.A. (2013). Growth rates are related to production efficiencies in juveniles of the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, 93(6):1673-1683. [PMCID: PMC4245032]
     
  2. Gibbs, V.K., Powell, M.L., Jones, W.T., Hammer, H.S., Lawrence, A.L., Lawrence, J.M., and Watts, S.A. (2013). Evaluation of the effects of menhaden and soybean oil levels in purified diets on growth and gonad production in the adult sea urchin, Lytechinus variegatus. North American Journal of Aquaculture, 75(2):277-284.
     
  1. Heflin, L.E., Gibbs, V.K., Powell, M.L., Makowsky, R., Lawrence, J.M., Lawrence, A.L., and Watts, S.A. (2012). Effect of diet quality on nutrient allocation to the test and Aristotle’s lantern in the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus (Lamarck, 1816). Journal of Shellfish Research, 31(3):867-874. [PMCID: PMC4243522]
     
  2. Jones, W.T., H. Hammer, M.L. Powell, V.K. Gibbs, J.M. Lawrence, A.L. Lawrence and S.A. Watts. (2012). The effect of vitamins on weight gain and organ production in the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea). J. World Aqua. Soc. 43(1): 39-50.
     
  3. Hammer, H.S., Powell, M.L., Jones, W.T., Gibbs, V.K., Watts, S.A., Lawrence, A.L. and Lawrence, J.M. (2012) Effect of feed protein and carbohydrate level on consumption, growth and efficiency of the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, 43(2): 145-158.
     
  4. Heflin, L.E., Gibbs, V.K., Powell, M.L., Makowsky, R., Lawrence, J.M., Lawrence, A.L., and Watts, S.A. (2012). Effect of dietary protein and carbohydrate levels on weight gain and organ production in the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus. Aquaculture, 358-359: 253-261. PMCID: PMC4076750 [doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2012.06.009]
     
  1. Gibbs, V.K., Brown*, K.A., Powell, M.P., and Watts, S.A. (2011). Opportunistic predation of the sea urchin, Lytechinus variegatus, by the amphipod, Elasmopus levis, in an intensive inland culture system. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 42(3): 364-369.
     
  1. Gibbs, V.K., M.L. Powell, H.S. Hammer, W.T. Jones, S.A. Watts, A.L. Lawrence and J.M. Lawrence. (2010). Effects of dietary phospholipids and cholesterol on growth and organ production in the sea urchin, Lytechinus variegatus. In Harris, L.G, S.A. Boettger, C.W. Walker and M.P. Lesser (eds.) Proceedings of the 12th International Echinoderm Conference, Durham, New Hampshire. CRC Press/Balkema. pp. 369-375.
     
  2. Hammer, H.S., M.L. Powell, V.K. Gibbs, W.T. Jones, S.A. Watts, A.L. Lawrence, J.M. Lawrence, and L.R. D’Abramo. (2010). Effect of dietary menhaden oil and soy oil on consumption, somatic growth and gonad production of the sea urchin, Lytechinus variegatus. In Harris, L.G, S.A. Boettger, C.W. Walker and M.P. Lesser (eds.) Proceedings of the 12th International Echinoderm Conference, Durham, New Hampshire. CRC Press/Balkema. pp.
     
  3. Jones, W.J., M.L. Powell, V.K. Gibbs, H.S. Hammer, S.A. Watts, A.L. Lawrence and J.M. Lawrence. (2010). Evaluation of the effect of dietary zinc, iron, and manganese supplementation on growth and survival of the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus. In Harris, L.G, S.A. Boettger, C.W. W alker and M.P. Lesser (eds.) Proceedings of the 12th International Echinoderm Conference, Durham, New Hampshire. CRC Press/Balkema. pp. 385-390.
     
  4. Powell, M.L., W.T. Jones, V.K. Gibbs, H.S. Hammer, S.A. Watts, J.M. Lawrence and A.L. Lawrence. (2010). Effect of dietary calcium, magnesium and phosphorus on growth of the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus. In Harris, L.G, S.A. Boettger, C.W. Walker and M.P. Lesser (eds.) Proceedings of the 12th International Echinoderm Conference, Durham, New Hampshire. CRC Press/Balkema. pp. 391-396.
     
  5. Jones, W.T., Powell, M.L, Gibbs, V.K., Hammer, H.S., Fox, J., Lawrence, A.L., and Watts, S.A. (2010). The effect of dietary selenium on weight gain and gonad production of the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 41(5): 675-686.
     
  6. Powell, M.L., Jones, W.T., Gibbs, V.K., Hammer, H.S., Lawrence, J.M., Fox, J., Lawrence, A.L., Watts, S.A. (2010). Dietary copper affects survival, growth and reproduction of the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus. Journal of Shellfish Research 29(4): 1043-1049.
  1. Gibbs, V.K., Watts, S.A., Lawrence, A.L., and Lawrence, J.M. (2009). Dietary phospholipids affect growth and production of juvenile sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus. Aquaculture 292: 95-103. [doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2009.03.046]
     
  2. Gibbs, V.K., Watts, S.A., and Lawrence, A.L. (2007). The effect of temperature on gamete production and biochemical composition of gonads in the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus. Gulf of Mexico Science 25: 119-130.
     
  3. Gibbs, K., Watts, S., Abbott, G. and Bievenue, L. (2005). Use of inquiry with computer models and visualization in an urban 8th grade science class. In: Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2005. C. Crawford et al. (eds), Chesapeake, VA: AACE, pp. 3671-3676.
     
  4. Gibbs, V.K. and S. A. Watts. (2004). Exposure temperature affects nutrient absorption in the regular sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus. In: Echinoderms: Müchen, Proceedings of the 11th International Echinoderm Conference. T. Heinzeller and J.H. Nebelsick (eds), A.A. Balkema, Leiden, pp. 187-192.

 

Years: 2014 - 2016
Mentor(s): Primary Mentor: Tim Nagy, Ph.D.
Co-Mentors: Daniel Smith, Jr. Ph.D. and David Allison, Ph.D.

In July, 2016, Dr. Gibbs completed her training with us and moved on to a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Birmingham-Southern College. She can be contacted at vkgibbs@bsc.edu.