Dr. Chandler-Laney is an Associate Professor and Director of the PhD program in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. Her research focuses on elucidating the biobehavioral mechanisms that underlie the development of pediatric obesity, with a particular emphasis on understanding the role of the in utero environment in programming children's risk for obesity and cardiometabolic disease. This research involves studies of children, infants, and pregnant women. Methodologies include the assessment of body composition, biomarkers of cardiometabolic health, post-meal changes in glucose, insulin, and gut hormones, indirect calorimetry to assess resting metabolic rate and substrate metabolism, along with appetite regulation and eating behavior.
In addition to serving as program director for the PhD program, Dr. Chandler-Laney mentors several students and postdocs, and teaches an elective course to provide structure and guidance for Nutrition Sciences PhD students when writing manuscripts and grant proposals.