• I received my bachelor’s in Microbiology from Miami University, in Oxford, OH 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.

    Since June of 2019, I have been a part of the Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences (CDS) Department faculty as an assistant professor. I have active clinical and education-based research programs that incorporate undergraduate student researchers. I also teach courses in the Biomedical Sciences Program (BMD), specifically Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Immunology, and Research Methods & Scientific Literacy.

    While I have spent the majority of my training and career focused on biomedical and health-related research in a variety of settings, my love and passion for teaching and mentoring students is my main motivation.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2021 Development and evolution of a two-day intensive resident experience in geriatric medicineGerontology and Geriatrics Education.  42:24-37. 2021
    2020 Prevalence of Hospital-Associated Disability in Older Adults: A Meta-analysis 2020
    2018 Hepatic glucagon receptor signaling enhances insulin-stimulated glucose disposal in rodentsDiabetes.  67:2157-2166. 2018
    2018 Trajectories of Community Mobility Recovery After Hospitalization in Older AdultsJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  66:1399-1403. 2018
    2017 LDB1 regulates energy homeostasis during diet-induced obesityEndocrinology.  158:1289-1297. 2017
    2016 Fibroblast growth factor 21 is required for beneficial effects of exercise during chronic high-fat feeding 2016
    2015 Moderate voluntary exercise attenuates the metabolic syndrome in melanocortin-4 receptor-deficient rats showing central dopaminergic dysregulationMolecular Metabolism.  4:692-705. 2015
    2014 Brown fat fuel use and regulation of energy homeostasisCurrent Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care.  17:368-372. 2014
    2014 Brown fat fuel use and regulation of energy homeostasisCurrent Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care.  17:368-372. 2014

    Research Overview

  • Clinical Research: I am particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms driving chronic disability in older adults. Future work aims to test methods for reducing disability overtime by changing modifiable factors such as nutrition and mobility. Along similar lines, I am also interested in understanding how certain person-level characteristics can be protective against loss of physical function following hospitalization.

    Education Research: I am investigating the role of undergraduate research and team-based learning in the development of transferable skills. Additional work in a related project focuses on the development of a learning community intervention for enhancing transfer student retention, academic performance, and physiologic health.
  • Teaching Overview

  • BMD focuses on preparing undergraduate students for graduate school in the health professions. To this end, I have developed 3 BMD courses that aim to challenge students to be dynamic and creative with their thinking, to be analytical and logical in problem solving, and to work collaboratively. It is my belief that practicing these skills early and often will assist students in achieving 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