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Past Predoctoral Member: 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

Mary graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgia State University in 2010 and her Master of Science in Physiology from Towson University in 2014. She began the PhD program at UAB in the Fall of 2014 with Dr. Steven Austad, Dr. Peggy Biga, Dr. Robert Sorge, Dr. Jean-Charles Gabillard, and Dr. Andrew Brown serving as her primary mentoring team. She has spent the last 4 years exploring how changes in miRNA composition during Methionine Restriction influence metabolic outcomes in the Rainbow Trout; Oncorhynchus mykiss.


  • 2009: Molecular Basis of Disease Area of Focus – Summer Stipend (GSU)
  • 2012,2013: Graduate Student Association Award (TU)
  • 2014,2015: Charlotte Magnum Student Support Fund (SICB)
  • 2015: Carolyn Ireland Travel Award (UAB)
  • 2015: Chateaubriand STEM Fellowship Scholar
  • 2015-present: Nutrition and Obesity Research Center Predoctoral Fellow (UAB)
  • 2017: Nationwide CIRTL Associate
  • 2017: International Society for Fish Endocrinology- Graduate Travel Award


  • Latimer,M., Sabin, N., Le Cam, A., Seiliez, I., Biga, P., and Gabillard, J.C. (2017) miR-210 expression is associated with methionine induced differentiation of trout satellite cells. Journal of Experimental Biology,220(16), 2932-2938.
  • Biga, P.R., Latimer, M.N., Froehlich, J.M., Gabillard, J.C., and Seiliez, I. (2017). Distribution of H3K27me3, H3K9me3, and H3K4me3 along autophagy-related genes highly expressed in starved zebrafish myotubes. Biology Open, bio-029090.
  • Latimer, M.N., Cleveland, B.M., and Biga, P.R. (2017). Dietary methionine restriction: Effects on glucose tolerance, lipid content, and micro-RNA composition in the muscle of rainbow trout. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C: Toxicology & Pharmacology. (In Press)
  • Latimer, M.N., Freij, K.W., Cleveland, B.M., and Biga, P.R. (2018) Physiological and Molecular Mechanisms of Methionine Restriction. Journal of Comparative Endocrinology (Under Review)

Years: 08/01/2015 - 2018
Primary Mentor: Steven Austad, PhD; Co-mentors: Robert Sorge, PhD; Peggy Biga, PhD; Andrew Brown, 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.