• I received my BA in Microbiology from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio in 2004. Thereafter, I started my graduate work at University of Cincinnati where I studied endocrine adaptations to exercise and the impact of exercise as a therapeutic and preventative measure for metabolic disease using animal models. I received my PhD in 2014 and started post-doctoral training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I completed an NIH T32 post-doctoral training program with the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine, and then joined the Department of Medicine Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care Division in 2016 as an NIH K12 IRACDA MERIT Scholar.

    I joined the faculty of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences Department in the School of Health Professions at UAB in June 2019 as an assistant professor. I am actively engaged in undergraduate education and service activities for the program, department, school and university; and I have a very active research program that promotes undergraduate student engagement in research activities.
  • Selected Publications

    Research Overview

  • I have two research tracks:

    1. The first relates to older adult health and well being. This work aims to understand mechanisms underlying chronic disability among older adult populations including those hospitalized and community-dwelling.

    2. The second relates to understanding the biological consequences of social stress among minoritized groups, including the LGBTQ community and racial and ethnic minorities. More specifically, this work aims to determine the impact of physiological stress on health outcomes including the gut microbiome and metabolic health of social minorities.

    Future research will include examination of gut microbiome and metabolic health among older adult social minorities and development of targeted interventions for improving gut health among minoritized communities.
  • Teaching Overview

  • BMD focuses on preparing undergraduate students for graduate school in the health professions and a career in the healthcare and medical fields. I have developed three BMD courses (Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Immunology, and Research Methods & Scientific Literacy) that aim to challenge students to be dynamic and creative with their thinking about medical topics, to be analytical and logical in problem solving, and to work collaboratively. It is my belief that when students practice these skills early and often they will be elevated to achieve success in their future careers in healthcare.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology / Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology, Miami University 2008
  • Full Name

  • Christine Loyd