Mary Catherine Prater

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutritional Sciences

PhD/DI Candidate

161 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Bachelor of Science Nutrition Oregon State University 2019


Mary Catherine is currently conducting her doctoral research in the Human Nutrition Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Jamie Cooper.


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship Universtiy of Georgia, Department of Foods and Nutrition 2021
Tumlin fund Graduate Student Travel Funding Universtiy of Georgia, Department of Foods and Nutrition 2020
Graduate student research poster presentation competition The University of Georgia Obesity Initiative Symposium 2020
Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship Universtiy of Georgia, Department of Foods and Nutrition 2019
LIFE Scholars fellowship Oregon State University 2018
Jason Seeley Memorial Award Oregon State University 2018

Journal Articles

Keller R.M, Beaver L.M, Reardon P, Prater M.C, Truong L, Robinson M, Tanguay R, Stevens J, Hord N.G, Nitrate-induced improvements in exercise performance are coincident with exuberant changes in metabolic genes and the metabolome in zebrafish skeletal muscle. 2021, Journal of Applied Physiology PMID: 34043471

García-Jaramillo M, Beaver L.M, Truong L, Axton E.R, Keller R.M, Prater M.C, Magnusson K.R, Tanguay R.L, Stevens J.F, Hord N.G, Nitrate and nitrite exposure leads to mild anxiogenic-like behavior and alters brain metabolomic profile in zebrafish. 2020, PLOS One PMID: 33382700

Axton E.R, Beaver L.M, St. Mary L, Truong L, Logan C.R, Spagnoli S, Prater M.C, Keller R.M, Garcia-Jaramillo M, Ehrlicher S.E, Newsom S.A, Robinson M.M, Tanguay R.L, Stevens J.F, and Hord N.G. (2019) Treatment with Nitrate, but Not Nitrite, Lowers the Oxygen Cost of Exercise and Decreases Glycolytic Intermediates While Increasing Fatty Acid Metabolites in Exercised Zebrafish. Journal of Nutrition, 149(12), 2120-2132. PMID: 31495890

Keller R.M, Beaver L.M, Prater M.C, Hord N.G, Dietary Nitrate and Nitrite Concentrations in Food Patterns and Dietary
Supplements, 2017, Nutrition Today doi: 10.1097/NT.0000000000000253

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