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Meet Our Team

Our talented team of brilliant researchers and experienced, caring medical professionals is bringing medical discoveries from the laboratory to the community for further testing through clinical trials in an effort to tackle some of today’s biggest health problems – obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Steven R. Smith, MD

Scientific Director

Bret H. Goodpaster, PhD

Senior Investigator 

Richard E. Pratley, MD

Senior Investigator 

Dwight A. Towler, MD, PhD

Senior Investigator

Christian Meyer, MD

Associate Investigator

Attila A. Seyhan, PhD

Associate Investigator

Paul M. Coen, PhD

Investigator 

George A. Kyriazis, PhD

Investigator 

Magdalena Pasarica, MD, PhD

Investigator

Lauren M. Sparks, PhD

Investigator

Heather Cornnell, PhD

Research Scientist - Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy (MRI/S) 

Christopher Davis, PhD

Research Scientist

Alok Pachori, PhD

Research Scientist - Muscle and Energy Metabolism  



Stephanie Parsons, PhD

Research Scientist - Muscle and Energy Metabolism 

 

Adeline Divoux, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow 

Zuzana Kovacova, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Maria F. Pino, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow 

Robert Standley, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow 

Natalie Stephens, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Tracey Woodlief, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow 

Xiaolei Zhang, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow 

Christopher P. Bock, MSME

Biomedical Engineer - Energy Expenditure Core 

Julie Clyatt, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner – Translational Research

Karen Jones, BS, RN, CCRC

Clinical Operations Manager - Clinical Research Core

Jennifer McCall MS, MLS(ASCP)

Senior Laboratory Scientist

Coordinator - Biorepository and Research Laboratory

Hui Xie, PhD

Senior Biostatistician