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Lauren Adele Fowler, PhD

Lauren Adele Fowler Postdoctoral Fellow
Nutritional Epidemiology
Nutrition and Obesity Research Center
Webb 560
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1675 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35233-3360
Phone: (205) 934-7953
Full CV

Dr. Adele Fowler first joined the UAB Nutrition Research Center in 2013 as a pre-doctoral fellow, and then in June 2019 as a post-doctoral fellow. In April 2019, Adele completed her PhD in Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham under Dr. Stephen Watts. Her dissertation work concentrated on utilization of the zebrafish model system to predict the effects of dietary lipid consumption on human health. More specifically, she investigated the effects of dietary lipid composition on diet-induced obesity, including sex-specific differences in the allocation of dietary lipid. Additional research for her dissertation focused on the development of a standardized reference diet for use in the zebrafish research community and validation of quantitative magnetic resonance (QMR) to non-invasively measure fat mass in zebrafish. Adele’s postdoctoral research interests focus on identifying dietary, physiological, and genetic mechanisms associated with the development of type 2 diabetes in African Americans and Caucasians.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham, June 2019-present
  • Ph.D. (Biology), University of Alabama at Birmingham, April 2019
  • B.S. (Marine Biology), Auburn University, December 2005


  • 2018 Outstanding PhD Student of the Year, Department of Biology, UAB.
  • 2017 Selected Finalist in the American Society for Nutrition’s Emerging Leader Poster Competition at the EB/ASN 2017 Meeting. Placed 2nd in the Experimental Animal Models Research Interest Group.
  • 2014 and 2016 Recipient of the “Creativity is a Decision” Award (Graduate Student Division). Sponsored by UAB NORC and Pfizer.
  • 2014 Graduate Student Research Days, UAB - 1st Place in Session.


  • Fowler, L.A, Williams, M.B., Dennis-Cornelius, L.N., Barry, R.J., Powell, M.L., Yuan, Y., & Watts, S.A. (2019, in press). Evaluation of Commercial and Laboratory Diets on Growth, Body Composition, and Reproduction in the Zebrafish Danio rerio. Zebrafish.
  • Fowler, L. Adele*, Williams, Michael B.*, D’Abramo, Louis R., & Watts, Stephen A. (December 2019, in press). Zebrafish Nutrition in Moving Forward in Zebrafish in Biomedical Research: Biology, Husbandry, Diseases, and Research Applications. S. Cartner and J. Eisen, Editors. *Indicates co-first authorship.
  • Fowler, L. Adele, Dennis, Lacey N., Barry, R. Jeff, Powell, Mickie L., Watts, Stephen A., & Smith Jr., Daniel L. (2016). In Vivo Determination of Body Composition in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) by Quantitative Magnetic Resonance. Zebrafish, 13(3), 170-176. [PMID 26974510].
  • Paul, Latoya T., Fowler, Lauren A., Barry, Robert J., & Watts, Stephen A. (2013). Evaluation of the Moringa oleifera leaf as a dietary micronutrient replacement.” Journal of Nutritional Ecology and Food Research, 1, 322-328. [PMID 4998195]

Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
The trainee's projects are supported by Grant Number T32DK062710 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and 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 and Digestive and Kidney Diseases or the National Institutes of Health.

2019 - present
Primary Mentor: Dr. Barbara Gower; Co-Mentors, Dr. Suzanne Judd and Dr. Andrea Cherrington.

2013 - 2019
Mentor(s): Dr. Barbara Gower (primary), Dr. Daniel Smith, Dr. Stephen Watts & Dr. Mickie Powell