Dr. Capers joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in July of 2013 as a MERIT Postdoctoral Scholar (http://www.uab.edu/meritprogram/). 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.
Dr. Capers is funded by the UAB MERIT program, http://www.uab.edu/meritprogram/program-overview.
“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.