Laboratory Members

Founder, Director

Leanne Redman

Postdoctoral fellows

Nick Broskey

Kara Marlatt

Jasper Most

 

Laboratory Staff

Abby Duhe

Porsha Vallo

Caitlin Hebert

Undergraduate Students

Allie Beyer

Kelsey Olson

Past Trainee's

 

Clinic Staff


Leanne Redman, PhD, MSc 

Associate Professor

Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Women's Health Laboratory

Co-Scientific Director, Energy Metabolism Core Laboratory

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telelphone 225/763-0947  | Fax 225/763-3009

Leanne.Redman@pbrc.edu

 

2000 | Southern Cross University | Bachelors of Science | Exercise Physiology

2004 | University of Adelaide | Doctor of Philosophy | Physiology and Obstetrics and Gynaecology

2011 | Tulane University | Masters of Science | Clinical Research

Dr. Redman is the Founder and Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory.  She is the Principal Investigator of multiple research studies currently enrolling subjects at Pennington Biomedical. Her research studies are comprised both of clinical and basic science research and involve investigations on women’s health, weight management, lifestyle intervention, endocrinology and energy metabolism.

 

Dr. Redman is an internationally renowned expert in human metabolic phenotyping and brings more than 10 years of clinical research experience in phenotyping human subjects including pregnant women in an effort to understand the mechanisms of obesity (weight gain and weight loss) as well as to develop and test inventions for effective treatment and prevention. Her research involves the controlled manipulation of diet and/or physical activity or administration of pharmaceutical agents to alter body energy stores and therefore body weight. In these studies she uses an array of sophisticated methodologies (doubly labeled water, whole-room indirect calorimetry, DXA and whole body MRI) to derive estimates of energy intake and energy expenditure to understand the role of these factors on body weight regulation.

 

Our Laboratory is currently conducting two NIH-funded studies in pregnant women; one to test whether a smartphone-directed intervention for overweight and obese pregnant women can ameliorate excessive gestational weight gain (U01DK094418); and the second, a mechanistic study that will test whether changes in energy intake, energy expenditure or changes in both, are responsible for excess gestational weight gain during pregnancies of women with obesity (R01DK099175). Unique to these studies is the phenotyping of infants and our interest in studying the early development obesity and metabolic disturbances in children.


Nicholas T. Broskey, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone 225/763-3141  | Fax 225/763-3009

Nick.Broskey@pbrc.edu

2009 | Saint Vincent College Bachelors of Science | Biology

2010 | University of Pittsburgh Masters of Science | Health & Fitness/Exercise Physiology

2015 | University of Lausanne Doctor of Philosophy | Life Sciences, Cardiovascular & Metabolism

Dr. Broskey is a postdoctoral fellow in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory.  Originally trained as a skeletal muscle physiologist in regards to clinical exercise trials in the elderly population for diabetes prevention, he now is focusing his work on the opposite side of the spectrum with infants.  He will partake in measurements of energy expenditure and body composition in newborns as well as their mothers in order to better elucidate the link between maternal and infant metabolism.



Kara Marlatt, PhD, MPH

Postdoctoral Fellow

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone 225/763-28 | Fax 225/763-3009

Kara.Marlatt@pbrc.edu

2015 | University of Minnesota-Twin Cities | Doctor of Philosophy | Exercise Physiology

2015 | University of Minnesota-Twin Cities | Master of Public Health | Epidemiology

Dr. Marlatt is a postdoctoral fellow in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory and John S. McIlhenny Skeletal Muscle Physiology Laboratory. She is mastering techniques to assess body composition, energy intake, energy expenditure, insulin sensitivity, and physical activity in humans. She currently is focusing her research efforts on the impact of a drug intervention in post-menopausal women, as well as intermittent hypoxia in individuals with diabetes, on insulin sensitivity, energy metabolism, and body composition. She hopes to apply these techniques and training to develop independently funded research surrounding metabolic health in individuals with obesity and diabetes.


Jasper Most, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone 225/763-2828 | Fax 225/763-3009

Jasper.Most@pbrc.edu

2010 | Maastricht University | Master of Physical Activity and Health | Exercise training in elderly

2016 | Maastricht University | Doctor of Philosophy | Polyphenol supplementation in obesity

 

Dr. Most is a postdoctoral fellow in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory. For his doctoral research, he investigated the effects of dietary polyphenol supplementation on metabolic health and body composition in overweight and obese men and women. To this end, he mastered techniques to assess body composition, energy expenditure, insulin sensitivity, and whole-body and tissue-specific metabolic profiling by means of hyperinsulinemic clamps, ex vivo respirometry, microdialysis, microarrays, and gut microbiota composition. Dr. Most is focusing his postdoctoral research on the quantification of energy requirements in humans. His work will focus on a prospective, observational study in obese pregnant women to understand the determinants of weight gain and energy requirements for fertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. In these studies, Dr. Most will be mastering objective techniques that measure energy intake, energy expenditure, and physical activity.


Abby Duhé, BS, MS

Research Specialist

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone 225/763-2801 | Fax 225/763-3009

Abby.Duhe@pbrc.edu

2011 | Louisiana State University | Bachelor of Science | Biological Engineering

2013 | Louisiana State University | Masters of Science | Human Nutrition

Ms. Duhé is a Research Specialist in the Reproductive Endocrinology & Women's Health Laboratory. She works daily conducting study visits for the clinical research studies active in the Redman Laboratory, including Mom2Baby Pilot and MomEE. She is currently focusing her research efforts on quantifying infant energy intake and energy expenditure, as well as other aspects of infant nutrition and health.


Porsha Vallo, BS

Research Specialist

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Telephone 225/763-2725 | Fax 225/763-3009

Porsha.Vallo@pbrc.edu

2010 | Louisiana State University | Bachelors of Science | Biological Sciences

Anticipated 2016 | Louisiana State University | Masters of Public Administration | Public Policy

Ms. Vallo is a Research Specialist in the Reproductive Endocrinology & Women’s Health laboratory. She currently focuses her efforts primarily on managing and coordinating the clinical research study MomEE, as well as supporting other clinical research studies active in the Redman Laboratory.

 

 

Undergraduate Student Workers


Kelsey Olson

Undergraduate Student Worker

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Kelsey.Olson@pbrc.edu

Anticipated 2019 | Louisiana State University | Bachelors of Science | Biological Sciences

 

Ms. Olson is an undergraduate student at Louisiana State university. She works daily on study recruitment and performing clinical operations in the laboratory while completing her undergraduate degree.

 

 

Laboratory Staff


 R. Caitlin Hebert, MS

Research Associate

Pennington Biomedical Research Center  

6400 Perkins Road  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

Tel. 225.763.0270  |Fax. 225.763.3009

Caitlin.Hebert@pbrc.edu

2010 | Louisiana State University | Bachelors of Science | Animal Science

2012 | Louisiana State University | Master's of Science | Equine Physiology

Ms. Hebert completed a Master’s of Science at Louisiana State University in 2012. Her project studied the repeatability of prolactin responses to injections of sulpiride, and the effects Pergolide and Cabergoline had on prolatin suppression in the horse. Plasma prolactin levels were measured by using RIA. At Pennington Biomedical, she is a research associate and supports molecular and basic studies stemming from muscle and adipose tissue collected from subjects in human clinical trials. During her degree, she learned many laboratory skills including Western Blotting, Real Time PCR, and cell culturing (in vitro manipulation of human primary myotubes).

 

Past Trainees


L. Anne Gilmore, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

2005 | Texas A&M University | Bachelor of Science | Nutritional Sciences

2010 | Texas A&M University | Doctor of Philosophy | Nutrition

Dr. Gilmore is a registered dietician and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory.  Dr. Gilmore developed innovative dietary interventions to help manage body weight and insulin resistance in women with gestational diabetes or seeking postpartum weight loss. Dr. Gilmore mastered techniques to measure body composition, energy intake, energy expenditure, insulin sensitivity and physical activity in humans. She is now an Assistant Professor at Pennington Biomedical and applies these techniques with her background and training as she develops an independent area of research within the clinical management of patients with cancer and obesity.


Elizabeth Frost Sutton, PhD

Doctoral Student

2010 | Louisiana State University | Bachelors of Science | Biology

2017 | Louisiana State University | Doctor of Philosophy | Developmental and Molecular Biology

Dr. Sutton completed her doctor of philosophy in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women's Health Laboratory. Her reseach focused on fibroblast growth factor 21 and its novel role as a protein sensor in pregnancy.  Dr. Sutton is pursuing a career in academia and has accepted a postdoctorl fellowship at Magee Womens Research Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Alexis O'Connell

Undergraduate Student Worker

2017 | Louisiana State University | Bachelors of Science | Biology

Ms. O’Connell was an undergraduate student at Louisiana State University contributing to the clinical operations in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory. She completed her Undergraduate Honors Thesis in Biological Sciences using the REACHing WIC study to identify the barriers of integrating weight management interventions into the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program.


Allie Beyer

Undergraduate Student Worker

2017 | Louisiana State University | Bachelors of Science | Biology

Ms. Beyer w an undergraduate student at Louisiana State University contributing to the clinical operations in the laboratory. She worked daily performing clinic visits, processing charts, and study recruitment while completing her undergraduate degree.


Allie Mitchell

Undergraduate Student Worker

2015 | Louisiana State University | Bachelors of Arts | Sports Administration

Ms. Mitchell earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from Louisiana State University in May of 2015. Ms. Mitchell contributed to our laboratory for two years supporting our daily clinical and office operations.  During her time in our Laboratory, she ascertained administration, manageria and organization skills necessary to conduct and manage clinical research.


Monica Klempel-Donchenko, PhD

T32 Postdoctoral Trainee

Dr. Klempel-Donchenko contributed to our laboratory by supporting the E-Moms Study. During her training, she ascertained skills such as assessment of anthropometrics and body composition in postpartum mothers, maintenance and processing of research charts, performance of research clinic visits as well as a wide understanding of clinical research operations and human subjects protections.


Lexie Angelette

Undergraduate Student Worker

Anticipated 2015 | Louisiana State University | Bachelors of Science | Biological Sciences

Ms. Angelette contributed to our laboratory during the summer of 2014 supporting our daily laboartory operations.  During her time in our Laboratory, she ascertained skills such as animal colony management, husbandry, measuring food intake. body weight and composition while gaining a wide understanding of clinical and basic science research operations.


Kelli Jo Richard

Undergraduate Student Worker

Anticipated 2015 | Louisiana State University | Bachelors of Science | Biological Sciences

Ms. Richard contributed to our laboratory for a year and half supporting our daily clinical operations.  During her time in our Laboratory, she ascertained skills such as assessment of anthropometrics, maintenance and processing of research charts, performance of research clinic visits as well as a wide understanding of clinical research operations and human subjects protections.


Bo Zhang, BS

Medical Student Trainee

2014 | Johns Hopkins University | Bachelors of Arts | Biophysics

Mr. Zhang was a medical school study participating in the summer T35 research internship for medical school students in 2014. He worked in the Outpattient Clinic performing study visits. He was also involved with research data analysis and interpretation of the PULSE Study.


Katelyn Falgout

Undergraduate Student Worker

2014 | Louisiana State University | Bachelors of Science | Biological Sciences

Ms. Falgout earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Louisiana State University in May of 2014. Ms. Falgout contributed to our laboratory for a year and half supporting our daily clinical operations.  During her time in our Laboratory, she ascertained skills such as assessment of anthropometrics and body composition in pregnant women and neonates, maintenance and processing of research charts, performance of research clinic visits as well as a wide understanding of clinical research operations and human subjects protections.  Ms. Falgout will pursue her medical degree as she attends Medical School at Louisiana State University’s Health & Sciences Center.


Andrea Chapa

Undergraduate Student Worker

2014 | Louisiana State University | Bachelors of Science | Biological Sciences

Ms. Chapa was an undergraduate student at Louisiana State University contributing to the clinical operations in the laboratory at the time of her laboratory involvement. While completing her undergraduate degree, she supported the Expecting Success study by conducting clinic visits, processing charts and helping maintain the Expecting Success Headquarters at Woman’s Hospital.


Mary Sliverberg

Medical Student Trainee

2011 | University of Georgia | Bachelors of Science | Biology and Psychology

Ms. Silverberg was a medical school student participating in the summer T35 research internship for medical school students in 2012. She worked daily in the Outpatient Clinic performing study visits. She also is involved with research data analysis and interpretation. 


Alden Littlewood

Medical Student Trainee

2010 | Duke University | Bachelors of Science | Biology

Ms. Littlewood was a medical school student a participating in the summer T35 research internship for medical school students in 2012. She worked alongside Dr. Ebenezer in the basic science laboratory using biochemical and molecular techniques to analyze muscle and adipose tissue. 


 

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