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Past Postdoctoral Member: Patrice L. Capers, Ph.D., M.S.C.R.

Patrice L. Capers, Ph.D., M.S.C.R. Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Nutrition Sciences
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Office: LHL 408
Phone: (205) 975-9227

Dr. Capers joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in July of 2013 as a MERIT Postdoctoral Scholar ( She earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and Master of Science in Clinical Research from Morehouse School of Medicine in May of 2013. Her dissertation work focused on exploring the nutritional complications associated with sickle cell disease. Her studies helped emphasize the importance of examining nutrition in children in an effort to promote optimal growth and health in reference to body weight and composition. Her interest lies in exploring nutritional interventions in an effort to improve health outcomes. At UAB she will pursue her interest in nutrition by conducting research on nutrition, obesity and disease. During this postdoctoral fellowship, she will receive training in basic and clinical research. The MERIT program will also provide teaching experience to her through their partnerships with Oakwood University and Stillman College. Her research at UAB will focus on childhood breakfast consumption and its effect on weight, body composition, and cognitive function.


  1. Hurd EA, Capers PL, Blauwkamp MN, Adams ME, Raphael Y, Poucher HK, Martin DM. “Loss of Chd7 function in gene-trapped reporter mice is embryonic lethal and associated with severe defects in multiple developing tissues” Mamm. Genome 2007 Feb. 18 (2): 94-104.PMID: 17334657.
  2. Capers PL, Hyacinth HI, Cue S, Chappa P, Archer DR, Hibbert JM. “Effect of High Protein Diet on Transgenic Sickle Mice.” FASEB J. April 2010. 24 (Meeting abstract supplement) lb394.
  3. Capers PL, Gee BE, Hyacinth HI, Newman GW, Stiles JK, Quarshie A, Osunkwo I, Hibbert JM. What's Your Tanner? An Analysis of the Impact of Sickle Cell Disease Phenotype on Pubertal Development and Body Mass. Blood (ASH Annual Meeting Abstracts), Nov 2011; 118: 2123.
  4. Archer DR, Mulupuri P, Chappa P, Vikulina T, Roser-Page S, Yamaguchi M, Capers PL, Hyacinth HI, Hibbert JM, Weitzmann N. Inflammatory Bone Loss Drives Skeletal Deterioration in a Murine Model of Sickle Cell Disease. Blood (ASH Annual Meeting Abstracts), Nov 2011; 118: 4855.
  5. Hyacinth HI, Capers PL, Chappa P, Quarshie A, Newman G, Weitzman N, Archer DR, Hibbert JM. Th1 and Th2 cytokine levels are increased in murine models of human sickle cell anemia maintained on a high protein calories feed.  Br J Haematol. 2012 157 (Suppl 1): Abstr. 13 April.

Dr. Capers is funded by the UAB MERIT program,

“Mentored Experiences in Research, Instruction, and Teaching”
Program Director: Lisa M. Schwiebert, PhD
Type: K12 GM088010-05, 09/01/09-06/30/14
Specific Aims: The major goals of this project are to provide postdoctoral fellows with teaching experiences and recruit underrepresented groups into the biomedical sciences.
Role: Program Director

Years: 2013 - 2016
Primary mentor: David B. Allison, Ph.D.