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Diane M. O'Brien

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Diane O'Brien
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I am interested in how naturally-occurring variations in stable isotope ratios can be used as markers for nutritional and physiological processes. Currently a large portion of my research is devoted to the development of these markers for use in nutritional epidemiology. I work closely with the Center for Alaska Native Health Research at UAF [CANHR] to develop tools for linking dietary patterns to chronic disease in Alaska Natives and other populations.  If you are interested in working in my lab, please send me an email with your interests.

Diane M O'Brien
Professor
Office: 
230 Arctic Health Research Building
907-474-5762
Postal Address: 
Institute of Arctic Biology
PO Box 757000
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7000

Positions

  • 2015-now   Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 2009-2015  Associate Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks  
  • 2004-2009  Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 2003-2004  Assistant Professor, Wellesley College
  • 2001-2002  Visiting Assistant Professor, Swarthmore College
  • 2000-2003  Visiting Scientist, Carnegie Institution of Washington Geophysical Laboratory
  • 1998-2003  Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University

Education

  • 1998          PhD, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
  • 1991          BA, Department of Biology, Amherst College

2011

Lee, T.N. et al., 2011. Estimating lean mass over a wide range of body composition: a calibration of deuterium dilution in the arctic ground squirrel. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 25, pp.3491-3496.

2010

Carsten-Conner, L.D., Papaj, D.R. & O'Brien, D.M., 2010. Resource allocation to testes in walnut flies and implications for reproductive strategy. Journal of Insect Physiology, 56, pp.1523-1529.

2009

O'Brien, D.M. et al., 2009. Red blood cell delta N-15: a novel biomarker of dietary eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid intake. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION, 89, pp.913-919.
OPPEL, S., POWELL, A.N. & O'Brien, D.M., 2009. Using eggshell membranes as a non-invasive tool to investigate the source of nutrients in avian eggs. JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY, 150, pp.109-115.
SEARS, J., HATCH, S.A. & O'Brien, D.M., 2009. Disentangling effects of growth and nutritional status on seabird stable isotope ratios. OECOLOGIA, 159, pp.41-48.

Pages

American Society for Nutrition

Current Graduate Students (More info)
  • Justin Smith
Current Post-Doctoral Fellows (More info)
  • Hee Young Yun
Past Graduate Students
  • Garrett Savory, MS 2013
  • Sarah H. Nash, PhD 2013. -- Currently an NIH National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Prevention. 
  • Trixie Lee, PhD 2012 -- Currently an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Harding University
  • Caroline van Hemert, PhD 2012 --Currently a Research Wildlife Biologist for the USGS
  • Justine Sears, MS 2008
Past Post-Doctoral Fellows
  • Dr. Kyungcheol Choy -- currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Wooller lab at UAF
  • Dr. Thomas Larsen -- currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Leibnitz Laboratory for Radiometric Dating and Stable Isotope Research, Christian Albrechts Universitat zu Kiel. website:  http://uni-kiel.academia.edu/ThomasLarsen
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