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Gordon Fisher, Ph.D.

Gordon Fisher, Ph.D. Associate Professor
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Human Studies
EB Building, 1720 2nd Ave South
Birmingham, AL 34294-1250
Phone: (205) 975-5664
Fax: (205) 934-7050
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Dr. Gordon Fisher is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Studies with a secondary appointment in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. He is also an associate scientist with the Nutrition and Obesity Research Center and the Center for Exercise Medicine. Dr. Fisher received his Ph.D. from Auburn University, training in the areas of exercise physiology, oxidative stress and post-exercise immune function. He continued his academic training at the University of Alabama Birmingham Nutrition and Obesity Research Center in the Department of Nutrition Sciences as a postdoctoral fellow focusing on the role of mitochondrial bioenergetics, reactive oxygen species and markers of inflammation in the pathogenesis of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, under the mentorship of Dr's Barbara Gower and Gary Hunter.

Dr. Fisher’s main research interest is developing nutritional and behavioral strategies that can reduce the prevalence of metabolic and cardiovascular complications that are associated with type 2 diabetes. He is specifically interested in determining the role in which mitochondrial bioenergetics dysfunction, excess reactive oxygen species production, and low-grade chronic inflammation contribute towards the pathogenesis of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.


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  1. Warren, J.L., Hunter, G.R., Gower, B.A., Bamman, M.M., Windham, S.T., Moellering, D.R., and Fisher, G. Effects of aerobic exercise training on skeletal muscle mitochondrial function and lipid metabolism assessed under energy balance in premenopausal women. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. In Press (2019). Impact Factor 4.3 
  2. Hunter, GR, Moellering, D.R., Windham, S.T., Mathis, S.L., Bamman, M.M., and Fisher, G. Relationships between VO2max, economy, and mitochondrial respiration in untrained and trained women. Journal of Applied Physiology. In Press (2019). Impact Factor 3.1
  3. Hunter, G.R., Neumeier, W.H., Chandler-Laney, P.C., Carter, S.J., Borges, J.H., Hornbuckle, L.M., Plasiance, E.P., and Fisher, G. Ratings of perceived exertion during walking predicts endurance independent of physiological effort in older women. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. In Press (2019). Impact Factor 2.1
  4. Gnaiger, E., Aasander, Frostner, E., Abdul Karim, N.A., Acuna-Castroviejo, D., Adiele, R.C., Fisher, G., ….Zvejniece, L. Mitochondrial respiratory states and rates. MitoFit Preprint Archives. (2019).
  5. Hunter, G.R., Singh, H., Carter, S.J., Bryan, D.R., and Fisher, G. Sarcopenia and its implications for metabolic health. Journal of Obesity. In Press (2019).
  6. Graham, K., Yarar-Fisher, C., Li, Jai, McCully, K., Rimmer, J.H., Powell, D., Bickel, C.S., and Fisher, G. Effects of high intensity interval training vs moderate intensity training on cardiometabolic health markers in individuals with spinal cord injury: A pilot study. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. May (2019).
  7. Fisher, G., Gower, B.A., Ovalle, F., Behrens C., and Hunter, G.R. Acute effects of exercise intensity on insulin sensitivity under energy balance. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. 51 (5): 988-994, May (2019).*Selected as featured article by Editor in Chief  Impact Factor 4.3
  1. Barnes, M.J., Lynch, M.K., Lisenby, M.D., Jester, T., Maclin, J., Knight, T., Fisher, G., Gower, B.A. Conceptual model of lean body mass in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nov 27 (2018) Impact Factor 2.8
  2. Davis, R.A.H., Deemer, S.E., Bergeron, J.M., Little, J.T., Warren, J.L., Fisher, G., Smith, D.L., Fontaine, K.R., Allison, D.B., and Plaisance E.P. Dietary R,S-1-3-butanediol diacetoacetate reduces body weight and adiposity in obese mice fed a high-fat diet. FASEB (2018) Oct 10 Impact Factor 5.6
  3. Hunter, G.R., Fisher, G., Bryan, D.R., Borges, J.H., and Carter, S.J. Divergent blood pressure response following high intensity interval exercise: a signal of delayed recovery? Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (2018) Sep 19. Impact Factor 2.3
  1. Warren, J.L. and Fisher, G.  Acute and chronic regulation of mitochondrial function and cardiometabolic disease risk. Obes Open Access 3(3): doi, 2017.
  2. Warren, J.L, Gower, B.A., Hunter, G.R., Windham, S.T., Moellering, D.M., and Fisher, G. Associations of mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation with body fat in African-American and European-American women. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism vol. 2017, Article ID 7832057, 7 pages, 2017.
  3. Warren, J.L, Bulur, S., Ovalle, F., Windham, S., Gower, B.A., and Fisher, G. Effects of acute hyperinsulinemia on skeletal muscle mitochondrial function, reactive oxygen species production, and metabolism in premenopausal women. Metabolism-Clinical and Experimental December; 77, 1-12(2017). Impact Factor 5.7
  4. Hunter G.R., Moellering D.R., Carter, S.J., Gower, B.A., Bamman, M.M., Hornbuckle, L.M., Plaisance, E.P., and Fisher, G. Potential causes of elevated REE following High-Intensity Exercise. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. July 21, 2017. Impact Factor 4.3
  5. Hunter, G.R., Plaisance, E.P., Carter, S.J., and Fisher, G. Why intensity is not a bad work-Response to Gentil et al. letter. Clinical Nutrition May 31; S0261-5614 (17) 30199, 2017. Impact Factor 4.5
  6. Harley, R.A., Halbrooks, J.E., Watkins, E.E., Fisher, G., Hunter, G.R., Nagy, T.R., and Plaisance E.P. High intensity interval training and caloric restriction promote remodeling of glucose and lipid metabolism in diet-induced obesity. AJP Endocrinology and Metabolism June 6, 2017.Impact Factor 4.1
  7. Fisher, G., Windham, S.T., Griffin, P., Warren, J., Gower, B.A., and Hunter, G.R. Associations of human skeletal muscle fiber type and insulin sensitivity, blood lipids, and vascular hemodynamics. European Journal of Applied Physiology. July; 11; 117: (7); 1413-1422, 2017. Impact Factor 2.1
  8. Hunter, G.R., Plaisance, E.P., Carter, S.J., and Fisher, G. Why intensity is not a bad word: optimizing health status at any age. Clinical Nutrition. Feb 9; S0261-5614 (17) 30054-7, 2017. Impact Factor 4.5
  1. Fisher, G. A role for high intensity interval training (Hiit) for Improving Cardiometabolic Health Outcomes. Obesity: Open Access 2(2): doi, 2016.
  2. Carter, S.J., Plaisance, E.P., Fisher, G., Fernandez, J.R., Gower, B.A., and Hunter, G.R. Alterations in hemoglobin and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D are related before and after weight loss independent of African admixture. International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. August; 24; 1-22, 2016.
  3. Sweatt, S.K., Fisher, G., and Gower, B.A. Fermentation products of dietary resistant starch: Implications in gut and metabolic health. Food and Nutrition Report 1(2): 19-26, 2016.
  4. Gower, B.A., Bergman, R., Stefanovski, D., Darnell, B., Ovalle, F., Fisher, G., Sweatt, S.K., Resuehr, H.S., and Pelkman, C. Baseline insulin sensitivity affects response to high-amylose maize resistant starch in women. Nutrition and Metabolism 13: 2, 2016.
  5. Carter, S. J., Goldsby, T.U., Fisher, G., Plaisance, E.P., Gower, B. A., Glasser, S.P., and Hunter, G. R. Exaggerated systolic blood pressure response after high-intensity interval exercise is independently related to a decreased small arterial elasticity in normotensive African American women. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 41: 1-7 2016.
  1. Fisher, G., Brown, A., Bohan-Brown, M., Alcorn, A., Noles, C., Winwood, L., Resuehr, H., Allison, D.B High intensity interval- vs moderate intensity- training for improving cardiometabolic health in overweight males: A randomized controlled trial. PLOS ONE. Oct 21; 10 (10), 2015.
  2. Sweatt, S.K., Roy, J., Chandler-Laney, P.C., Fisher, G., Brock, D., and Hunter, G.R. Ethnic differences in the consistency and accuracy of perceived exertion. American Journal of Human Biology. (In Press 2015).
  3. Hunter, G.R., McCarthy, J.P. Carter, S.J., Bamman, M.M., Gaddy, E.S., Fisher, G., Katsoulis, K, Plaisance E.P., and Newcomer, B.R. Muscle fiber type, Achilles tendon length, potentiation, and running economy. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. May; 29 (5): 1302-9, 2015.
  4. Hunter, G.R., Fisher, G., Neumeier, W.H., Carter, S.J. and Plaisance E.P. Exercise training and energy expenditure following weight loss. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. September; 47(9): 1950-7, 2015.
  1. David B Allison1, Lisa H Antoine, Scott W Ballinger, Marcas M Bamman, Peggy Biga, Victor M Darley-Usmar, Gordon Fisher, Julia M Gohlke, Ganesh V Halade, John L Hartman IV, Gary R Hunter, Joseph L Messina, Tim R. Nagy, Eric P Plaisance, Kevin A Roth, Michael W Sandel, Tonia S Schwartz, Daniel L Smith Jr, J. David Sweatt, Trygve O. Tollefsbol, Stephen A Watts, Yongbin Yang, Jianhua Zhang2, Steven N Austad. Aging and Energetics' 'Top 40' Future Research Opportunities 2010-2013. "F1000 Research Today" 3:219: 10.12688/f1000research.5212.1, 2014.
  2. Fisher, G., Bickel, C.S. and Hunter, G.R. Elevated circulating TNF-α in fat-free mass non-responders compared to responders following exercise training in older women. Journal of Biology “Muscle Structure and Function”. In Press 2014.
  3. Hunter, G.R., Plaisance, E.P., and Fisher, G. Weight loss and bone mineral density. Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity, Epub August 7, 2014.
  4. Plaisance, E.P., and Fisher, G., Exercise and dietary-mediated reductions in postprandial lipemia. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, vol. 2014, Article ID 902065, 16 pages, 2014.
  1. Hunter, G.R., Neumeier, W.H., Bickel, C.S., McCarthy, J.P., Fisher, G., Chandler-Laney, P., and Glasser, S.P. Arterial elasticity, strength, fatigue, and endurance in older women. BioMed Research International. In Press 2013.
  2. Neeraj, S. Hunter, G.R., Fisher, G., Brock, D.W. Resting energy expenditure and systolic blood pressure relationships in women across 4.5 years. Journal of Clinical Hypertension. In Press 2013.
  3. Khoshkhahesh, F., Siahkuhain, M., Fisher, G., and Nakhostin-Roo, B. Influence of a low-dose COX-2 inhibitor drug on exercise induced inflammation, muscle damage, and lipid peroxidation. Jan; 30: 61-65, 2013.
  4. Hunter, G.R., Bickel, C.S., Fisher, G., Neumier, W.H., and McCarthy, J.P. Frequency of combined aerobic and resistance training and non-training activity related energy expenditure in older women. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. In Press, 2013.
  5. Hwang, Y.G., Hsu, H.C, Lim, F.C., Wu, Q., Yang, P.A., Fisher, G., Hunter, G.R., and Mountz, J.D. Increased Vitamin D is Associated with Decline of Naïve but Accumulation of Effector CD8 T Cells During Early Aging. Advances in Aging Research. In Press 2013.
  6. Gwenael, L., Hopker, J., Coen, P.M., Hunter, G.R., Ferguson, R.A., Kazushige, S., Malatesta, D., Minettie, A.E., Rice, C.L., Manini, T.M., Trinity, J.D., Hart, C.R., Passfield, L., Conley, K.E., Fisher, G., Maffiulettie, N.A., Borrani, F., Dalton, B.H., McNeil, C.J., and Power, G.A. Commentaries on Point: Counterpoint: Skeletal muscle mechanical efficiency does/does not increase with age. Journal of Applied Physiology. April; 114: 1114-1118, 2013.
  7. Fisher, G., Hunter, G.R., and Allison, D.B. Commentary: Physical activity does influence obesity risk when it actually occurs in sufficient amount. International Journal of Epidemiology. In Press, 2013.
  8. Hamilton, K., Fisher, G., Roy, J., Gower, B.A., and Hunter, G.R. he effects of weight loss on relative bone mineral density in premenopausal women. Obesity. Mar;21(3):441-8, 2013. [PMID: 23404937] [PMCID: PMC3630243] [doi: 10.1002/oby.20052]
  9. Fisher, G., Hunter, G.R., and Glasser, S.P. Associations between arterial elasticity and markers of inflammation in healthy older women. Journal of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences. Apr;68(4):382-8. 2013. PMID: 22987795] [PMCID: PMC3593615] [doi: 10.1093/gerona/gls188]
  10. Corrick, K.L., Hunter, G.R., Fisher, G., and Glasser, S.P. Changes in vascular hemodynamics in older women following 16 weeks of combined aerobic and resistance training. Submitted to Journal of Clinical Hypertension. Apr;15(4):241-6, 2013. [PMID: 23551723] [doi: 10.1111/jch.12050]
  1. Fisher, G., Hunter, G.R., Zuckerman, P.A., Bryan, D.R., Bickel, C.S., and McCarthy, J.P. Frequency of Combined Resistance and Aerobic Training in Older Women. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. In Press, 2012. [PMID: 22996024] [doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31827367e0]
  2. Ashraf, A., Fisher G., Alvarez, J.A., Dedenbostel, T., Calhoun, D.A., Szalai, A., and Gower B.A. Associations of C-reactive protein with indices of vascular health and the influence of serum 25(OH)D status. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism. 2012:475975, 2012. [PMID: 23029606] [PMCID: PMC3457628] [doi: 10.1155/2012/475975]
  3. Perrey, S., Joyner, M., Nosaka, K., Pitsiladis, Y.P., Smoliga, J.M., Hunter, G.R., Kim, C.K., Ruiz, J.R., Lucia, A., Louis, J., Zavorsky, G.S., Fisher, G., and Kim, H.J. Commentaries on Viewpoint: Sacrificing economy to improve running performance - - a reality in the ultramarathon? Journal of Applied Physiology. Aug; 113: 510-512, 2012. [PMID: 22854299]
  4. Hunter, G.R., Fisher, G., Bryan, D.R., and Zuckerman, P.A. Weight loss and exercise training effect on oxygen uptake and heart response to locomotion. Journal of Strength and Conditioning. May; 26 (5): 1366-73, 2012. [PMID: 22344063]
  1. Brock, D.W., Tompkins, C.L., Sibold, J., Fisher, G., and Hunter, G.R. Influence of resting energy expenditure on blood pressure is independent of body mass and a marker of sympathetic tone. Metabolism. 2012 Feb;61(2):237-41. [PMID: 21820136] [PMCID: PMC3213288]
  2. Hunter, G.R., McCarthy, J.P., Bamman, M.M., Larson-Meyer, E.D, Fisher, G., and Newcomer, B.R. Exercise economy in African American and European American women. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 2011 Aug;111(8):1863-9. [PMID: 21229260] [PMCID: PMC3137679 ]
  3. Fisher, G., Hyatt, T.C., Hunter, G.R., and Gower, B.A. Markers of inflammation and fat distribution following weight loss in African American and Caucasian women. Obesity. 2012 Apr;20(4):715-20. [PMID: 21527894] [doi: 10.1038/oby.2011.85]
  4. Foster, E.B., Fisher, G., Sartin, J.L., Elsasser, T.H., Wu, G., Cowan, W., and Pascoe, D.D. Acute regulation of IGF-I by alterations in post-exercise macronutrients. Amino Acids. 2012 Apr;42(4):1405-16 [PMID: 21293890]
  5. Fisher, G., Hyatt, T.C., Hunter, G.R., and Gower, B.A. Effect of diet with and without exercise training on markers of inflammation and fat distribution in overweight women. Obesity. June; 19(6): 1131-6, 2011. [PMID: 21183937] [PMCID: PMC3102145]
  6. Fisher, G., Schwartz, D.D., Quindry, J., Barberio, M.D., Foster E.B., Jones, K.W., and Pascoe, D.D. Lymphocyte enzymatic antioxidant responses to oxidative stress following high-intensity interval exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology. Mar;110(3):730-7, 2011. [PMID: 21127208]
  7. Fisher, G., Alvarez, J.A., Ellis, A.C., Granger, W.M., Ovalle, F., Cobelli, C., Dalla Man, C., and Gower, B.A. Race differences in the associations of oxidative stress and insulin sensitivity in European- and African- American women. Obesity. 2012 May;20(5):972-7. [PMID: 22173574] [doi: 10.1038/oby.2011.355]
  8. Gower, B.A., Goree, L.L, Fisher, G. and Ballinger, S. “Could lowering fat intake reduce diabetes risk even if it doesn’t lead to weight loss?” Diabetes Management. 1(6), 547-550, 2011. [doi: 10.2217/dmt.11.53]
  9. Fisher, G., Hunter, G.R., and Gower B.A. Aerobic exercise training conserves insulin sensitivity for one-year following weight loss in overweight women. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2012 Feb;112(4):688-93. [PMID: 22174391] [PMCID: PMC3289431]
  10. Fisher, G., Hunter, G.R., and Gower, B.A. Response to Effect of Diet With and Without Exercise Training on Markers of Inflammation and Fat Distribution in Overweight Women. Obesity. 2012 Jul;20(7):1336-7. [doi: 10.1038/oby.2012.68]
  1. Pascoe D.D., and Fisher G. Comparison of measuring sites for the assessment of body temperature. Thermology International 19(2): 35-42, 2009.
  1. Fisher G., Foster E., and Pascoe D.D. Equilibration period following exposure to hot or cold conditions when using infrared thermography. Thermology International 18(3): 95-100, 2008.


In August, 2012 completed his training with us and moved on to a position as Assistant Professor in the UAB Department of Human Studies. He can be contacted at