The Team


Anna E. Thalacker-Mercer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  Dr. Thalacker-Mercer received her doctorate degree through the Interdepartmental Nutrition Program in the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue University where she developed a strong background in geriatric nutrition and the mechanisms underlying aging skeletal muscle. She continued her research training as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the UAB Center for Aging Translational Research Program, the Center for Exercise Medicine, and the NIH funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center. Her research program at UAB is currently focused on identifying and understanding nutrient and metabolic determinants of skeletal muscle regeneration and deterioration that occur with advancing age and disease. 

Jamie Blum, Ph.D. Candidate, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University. Jamie received her B.S. degree in human biology, health and society from Cornell University in 2016. She began the Ph.D. program in molecular nutrition in January 2017. Jamie is interested in the relationship between dietary intake and metabolic/age-related disease with a focus on intracellular metabolism and cross-organ metabolite exchange. In the Thalacker-Mercer lab, she studies the role of intracellular metabolic proteins (PKM2, SIRT5) and circulating nutrients (serum factors, impact of dietary interventions) on muscle stem cell function. Jamie’s research is supported by a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation. In the future, she is planning to continue research as a postdoctoral fellow.

We are hiring a Postdoc: https://www.uab.edu/postdocs/prospective-postdoctoral-scholars/available-jobs/632-j212201-cell-developmental-and-integrative-biology-thalacker-mercer-lab and looking for enthusiastic graduate students to join the lab. Please contact Dr. Thalacker-Mercer if you are interested or have questions (athalack@uab.edu).