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Lauren Woodie won first place in the 2017 Three-Minute Thesis, or 3MT, competition Nov. 16. She is a graduate student in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management.

Woodie’s project, “Time-restricted feeding of the Western-diet and its affect on obesity, metabolic dysfunction and cognitive impairment,” was a combination of work by previous graduate students and her interest in diet-induced memory deficits.

The original project focused on the impact time-restricted feeding had on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which was a shorter study. During her first year at Auburn, Woodie did a lab rotation with Professor Vishnu Suppiramaniam of the Harrison School of Pharmacy where she studied behavior and hippocampal electrophysiology. She and her advisor, Assistant Professor Michael Greene, then combined his interest in time-restricted feeding with her interest in how diet affects the brain which led to her 3MT project.

Woodie spoke on the impact of time-restricted feeding. She uses mice to conduct various behavioral and metabolic tests. The mice live in metabolic cages for three days. These cages measure everything the mice do every seven seconds. This allows her to see how much they eat, breathe, and move as well as whether their bodies are burning fats or carbs at a particular time.