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Past Postdoctoral Member: Katherine Heimburger Ingram, Ph.D.

Katherine Heimburger Ingram, Ph.D. Past Postdoctoral Trainee
Department of Nutrition Sciences
Diabetes Research and Training Center
Webb Nutrition Sciences Building
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294
Full CV

Katherine H. Ingram received her Ph.D. in Sport Science, with a major concentration in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Nutrition, from Georgia State University in October 2009. Her research focused on the association between obesity and diabetes, and particularly on fat accumulation within skeletal muscle of obese individuals and its relationship with insulin resistance. She completed her dissertation research on skeletal muscle lipid peroxidation and impaired insulin sensitivity at the UAB Diabetes Research and Training Center in the laboratory of WT Garvey, MD.

Dr. Ingram recently completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in obesity research in the Department of Biostatistics with mentors David B. Allison and Olivia Affuso. Her primary project was examining design issues in obesity-related randomized clinical trials through meta-analysis and the development of a novel method for measuring body composition. She was further involved in collaborative studies on the relationships between ectopic fat and insulin resistance in obese individuals before and after weight-loss intervention. Dr. Ingram has recently joined the Department of Nutrition Sciences and Diabetes Research and Training Center to complete a second postdoctoral fellowship studying metabolomics in insulin resistance.

Dr. Ingram's multi-disciplinary training has provided her with expertise in exercise physiology, obesity, metabolism, diabetes, and biostatistics. Her long-term goal is to apply her training to the study of exercise interventions in obesity, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes.

Publications and Presentations

  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • pre 2009
  1. KH Ingram, H Hill, D Moellering, C Lara-Castro, B Hill, B Newcomer, LJ Brandon, C Ingalls, M Penumetcha, J Rupp, WT Garvey. Skeletal muscle lipid peroxidation in humans. Submitted for review
  2. KH Ingram, C Lara-Castro, BA Gower, R Makowsky, DB Allison, BR Newcomer, AJ Munoz, TM Beasley, J Clunk Lawrence, R Lopez-Ben, D Rigsby, WT Garvey. Intramyocellular lipid, insulin resistance, and adiposity: Differential relationships in European Americans and African Americans. Obesity, 2011. [PMID: 21436797]
  3. KH Ingram, B Gower, G Hunter. Parity and race influence relationships among fitness, central fat accumulation, and insulin sensitivity. Submitted to present at National ACSM meeting, 2012.
  4. KH Ingram, KA Kaiser, O Affuso, TL Cox, F Abbas, TM Beasley, G Cutter, DB Allison. Predictors of dropout rates in recent obesity RCTs. Obesity Society annual meeting, 2011.
  5. Kaiser KA, Affuso O, Ingram KH, Cox TL, Abbas F & Allison DB. Is intervention intensity related to dropout rates in diet/supplement randomized controlled trials (RCTs)? Obesity Reviews, 12 (Suppl. 1): 21-37, 2011.
  6. O Affuso, TL Cox, K Kaiser, K Ingram, H Robertson, F Abbas, DB Allison. Reporting quality of pediatric obesity randomized controlled trials - a preliminary analysis. Obesity Society annual meeting, 2011.
  7. KH Ingram, R Makowsky, G Hunter, B Gower. Change in insulin sensitivity with weight gain is determined by fatness better than by fitness. Med Sci Sports Exerc; 43 (5 Suppl), 2011. [doi: 10.1249/01.MSS.0000402201.32820.5c]
  8. GB Chen, KH Ingram, G de los Campos, N Yi, XY Lou, D Pomp and DB Allison. A two-step modeling strategy for testing and estimating genetic susceptibility to the ill-effects of adiposity: Illustration in an outbred F2 mice population. Int J Obesity: S2: 21, 2011.
  1. KH Ingram, LJ Brandon, CP Ingalls, JC Rupp, M Penumetcha, WT Garvey. Skeletal muscle HNE is related to insulin resistance in sedentary individuals. FASEB J.; 24 (Suppl), 2010.
  2. Affuso O, Kaiser K, Cox TL, Robertson H, Ingram K & Allison DB. A preliminary analysis of the association of run-in periods with drop-out rates and weight loss in obesity randomized controlled trials. Obesity Reviews, 11 (Suppl. 1): 288, 2010.
  3. Cox TL, Affuso O, Kaiser K, Ingram K, Robertson H & Allison DB. Reporting quality of obesity randomized controlled trials: A preliminary review. Obesity Reviews, 11 (Suppl. 1): 335, 2010.
  1. Ingram KH. Skeletal muscle lipid peroxidation and its relationships with intramyocellular lipids and insulin sensitivity in obese subjects. Kinesiology Dissertation; Paper 6, 2009.
  1. K Heimburger, C Lara-Castro, B Newcomer, A Shiflett, D Rigsby, WT Garvey. Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Alabama- Birmingham. Racial differences in intramyocellular lipids and their relationships to metabolic traits. Obesity; 15 (9 Suppl), 2007.
  2. KD Heimburger and LJ Brandon. Department of Kinesiology & Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. Is BMI a good predictor of fatness? Med Sci Sports Exerc; 39 (5 Suppl), 2007. [DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000274468.42563.9c]
  3. LJ Brandon and K Heimburger. Department of Kinesiology & Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. Comparison of the relationship of BMI, percent fat and skinfolds with blood pressure. Med Sci Sports Exerc; 39 (5 Suppl) S374-S375, 2007. [DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000274471.88304.56]
  4. JC Rupp, MS Green, BT Corona, KD Heimburger, PR Pullen, AS Everest. Department of Kinesiology & Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. Physiological predictors of 10 kilometer running performance. Med Sci Sports Exerc; 39 (5 Suppl), 2007.


Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
The trainee's projects are supported by Grant Number F32DK088404 from the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & 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 & Digestive & Kidney Diseases.

Mentor(s): David B. Allison, Ph.D., Olivia Affuso, Ph.D. & Gary Cutter, Ph.D. (2009-2011 )
                  W. Timothy Garvey, Ph.D.& David B. Allison, Ph.D. (2011-2012)

In July, 2012 completed her training with us and moved on to a position as Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University. She can be contacted at