Faculty and Staff Profiles

Marie van der Merwe
Assoc Professor, College of Health Sciences
Email: mvndrmrw@memphis.edu
Office Location: 310 Elma Roane Fieldhouse
Office Hours: T/TH 9:30 -12:30 & 2:30 - 4:30
Profile

 

Marie van der Merwe earned her PhD in the field of Molecular Pharmacology at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. She went on to do her postdoctoral training in the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital where her work focused on identifying regulatory immune populations that have the capacity to induce bidirectional tolerance between host and graft after an allogeneic transplant. Since transitioning to the University of Memphis she has focused on diet and nutrient driven changes in the gut microbiome and immune system, with a specific focus on the role of nutrition in chronic diseases development. 



Additional Information

  

Education
  • B.Sc.Hons Biochemistry - University of Potchefstroom, South Africa - 1998
  • Ph.D. Molecular Pharmacology - University of Tennessee, Memphis - 2007

Work Experience

  • Associate Professor, School of Health Studies - University of memphis - 08/2019- Present
  • Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies - University of Memphis - 8/20/2014 - 05/2019
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Sport Sciences - University of Memphis - 8/19/2013 - 5/2/2014
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy - St Jude Children's Research Hospital - 2009 - 2013
  • Adjunct Faculty, Biological Sciences - Southwest Tennessee Community College - 2012-2013
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Molecular Pharmacology - St Jude Children's Research hospital - 2008 - 2009
Honors/Awards
  • SHS Faculty Research grant - University of memphis - SHS - 2019
  • FIT development grant (partial) - University of Memphis - 2019
  • SHS Faculty Research Grant - University of Memphis - School of Health Studies - 2017
  • Faculty Research Grant for Science, Engineering and Mathematics - University of Memphis - 2015
  • Sumara Endowed Fellowship in Cellular and Gene Therapy - St Jude Children's Research Hospital - 2010
  • Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies Travel Award - Focis - 2010
  • UTHSC Graduate Student Research Day - University of Tennessee - 2007
  • CGHS Tracvel Award - University of Tennessee - 2006

Teaching Experience

  • Exercise & Nutrition Immunology - University of Memphis
  • Problems in Nutrition - University of Memphis
  • Research Methods - University of Memphis
  • Cellular Nutrition II - University of Memphis
  • Advanced Human Metabolism II - University of Memphis
  • Anatomy and Physiology I - Southwest Tennessee Community college

Student Advising/Mentoring

  • Nutrition Science - Sarah Lennnon (Chair) - 2022
  • Nutrition Science - Aljowhara Aljeraiwi (Chair) - 2021
  • MS-Nutrition Science - Suman Sharma (Chair) - 2021
  • MS- Clinical Nutrition - Read Ageeli (Chair) - 2020
  • MS - Nutrition Science - Martina Faietti (Chair) - 2020
  • PhD Biological Sciences - Jyoti Bhuju - 2020
  • MS - Clincal Nutrition - Paige Childs - 2019
  • MS - Nutrition Sciences - Sunita Sharma (Chair) - 2018
  • MS - Nutrition Science - Taya Yakimkova - 2018
  • MS - Clinical Nutrition - Katherine Cook - 2018
  • MS - Exercise Science - Jade Caldwell - 2018
  • MS - Nutrition Sciences - Jacqueline Wyman (Chair) - 2017
  • MS - Nutrition Sciences - Jessica Hill (Chair) - 2017
  • MS - Clinical Nutrition - Brooks Crone (Chair) - 2016
  • MS - Exercise Science - Damien Moore - 2016
  • MS - Clinical Nutrition - Kimberly Boone - 2016
  • MS - Nutrition Sciences - Simone Godwin (Chair) - 2016
  • MS - Clinical Nutrition - LeeAnna Beech (Chair) - 2015

Support

  • Industry grant (PI) - Nutrasource - 22,013.00 - 6/1/2020 -12/3/2020
  • Industry grant (PI) - Kaneka Corporation - 144,190.00 - 01/2020 - 12/2020
  • Industry grant (Co-PI) - Mannatech Incorporated - $109,798.00 - 05/01/2018-04/30/2019
  • Industry grant (Co-PI) - Mannatech Incorporated - $105,006.00 - 10/01/2017-12/31/2018
  • Industry grant (PI) - Bergstrom Nutrition - $22,778.00 - 10/01/2017-12/31/2018
  • Industry grant (PI) - Juice PLus+ Company - $398,720.00 - 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2018
  • Industry Grant (Collaborator) - Sancilio Pharmaceuticals Company, Inc - $135,608.00 - 01/06/2016-12/31/2017
  • Industry grant (Collaborator) - Enzymotec - $188,703.00 - 01/6/2016 - 01/5/2017
  • SHS Faculty Research grant (PI) - SHS - 7,600.00 - 01.2020-06/2020
  • FIT development grant (partial) (PI) - UNiversity of Memphis - 10,000.00 - 12/2019-06/2020
  • SHS Research grant (PI) - University of Memphis - SHS - $5,929 - 01/2017 - 12/2017
  • Faculty Research Grant in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (PI) - University of Memphis - $5800 - 07/2015 - 07/2016

Outreach

  • Campus School/Masicorp Exchange - Study Tour Nutrition Students - Summer 2015 -  
Service
  • University of Memphis - CHS seminar series coordinator - 2018-Present
  • University o Memphis - Tenure and promotion Comittee member - 2020
  • American Society ofr Nutrition - Obesity Research Interest Section - 2018-2019
  • American Society for Nutriiton - Meal Timing Sesson Chair - 2019
  • University of Memphis - SHS Graduate Council - 2018
  • University of Memphis - SHS - 2018 Faculty Research Grant Reviewer - 2018
  • Marine Drugs, Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism - Journal article reviewer - 2018, 2019
  • University of Memphis - SHS Assistant Professor search committee member - 2018
  • American Society for Nutrition - Nutrition 2018 Abstract reviewer - 2017
  • American Society for Nutrition - Obesity RIS steering committee member - 2017-2019
  • University of Memphis - AADRA committee member - 2017-2018
  • University of Memphis - NCUR Abstract Reviewer - 2017
  • University of Memphis - SHS PhD program proposal comittee member - 2017
  • University of Memphis - Research Assistant Professor search comittee member - 2017
  • University of Memphis - Chair: Search Committee for Assistant Professor - October 2015
  • American Society for Nutrition - Poster judge (conference) - 2017
  • University of Memphis - IACUC - 2014-2017
  • Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism - Journal article reviewer - 2017
  • International Journal of Obesity - Journal article reviewer - 2016
  • HSS - Departmental safety officer - 2014 -2017
Books Reviewed
  • Book Reviewer 2015: Nutritional Biochemistry with Applications in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Jones & Bartlett Learning 
Journal Articles
Presentations

Appendix A - Teaching Experience

  • NUTR 7422 - Cellular Nutrition II
  • NUTR 7002 - Exercise and Nutrition Immunology
  • NUTR 4812 - Advanced Human Metabolims II
  • HMSE 4999 - Senior Project/HSS
  • UNHP 4999 - Honors thesis