Emily Flanagan, MS, PhD

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Emily Flanagan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Dr. Emily Flanagan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Womens Health Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Flanagan received her PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami. At the University of Miami, Dr. Flanagan worked with the public school system to develop educational interventions to improve the nutrition and physical activity levels of minority children. Dr. Flanagan then transitioned to studying womens health, where her dissertation investigated the role of sex hormones and oral contraceptives on exercise recovery in female athletes.

Currently, at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, her research interests surrounds improving the metabolic health of infants through understanding the developmental influences on energy balance. She is working to quantify the intrauterine contributors to fetal adipose accretion and neonatal energy expenditure. Her current research studies the influence of maternal substrate availability on infant adiposity, with a special interest in brown adipose tissue. Dr. Flanagan works closely with prenatal behavioral interventions aimed to reduce gestational weight gain and ultimately improve pregnancy and infant related outcomes. She is the clinical assessor SmartMoms in WIC – an e-health lifestyle intervention to reduce the incidence of excessive gestational weight gain in economically disadvantaged women. She also serves as an interventionist for Healthy Mamas a multi-cite trial utilizing a meal provision program to promote fat loss during pregnancy in women with grades two and three obesity.


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