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Auburn University’s fall 2017 Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT, winner, Lauren Woodie, won first place at the recent Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, or CSGS, 3MT competition in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She outperformed researchers from 47 universities across the South, including 10 SEC and 6 ACC institutions.

Woodie’s research focuses on time-restricted feeding and its effect on obesity, metabolic dysfunction and cognitive impairment. She uses mice to conduct various behavioral and metabolic tests. The mice live in cages that measure everything they do every 7 seconds for three days in order to see how much they eat, breathe and move as well as whether their bodies are burning fats and carbs at a particular time.

Woodie is pursuing a doctorate in nutrition, dietetics and hospitality management.