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Graduate student Lauren Woodie in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management, in the College of Human Sciences, was named first place winner of Auburn University’s 2017 Three-Minute Thesis, or 3MT, competition Nov. 16.

Woodie’s 3MT project, “Time-restricted feeding of the Western-diet and its effect 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, or TRF, had on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which was a shorter study. During her first year at Auburn, Woodie did a lab rotation with Vishnu Suppiramaniam, where she studied behavior and hippocampal electrophysiology. Her project combined her advisor Michael Greene’s interest in TRF with her interest in how diet affects the brain.