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Myra Woodworth-Hobbs, PhDAssistant Teaching Professor


Myra Woodworth-Hobbs is a Lecturer in the Center for the Study of Human Health. Her teaching and research interests primarily focus on the influence of diet and movement on health, with a special focus on the role of skeletal muscle in mediating these physiological effects. Her research examines how nutrients and other compounds affect protein metabolism and related signaling pathways in skeletal muscle cells. She enjoys incorporating these topics into the classroom with content focused on nutritional biochemistry, integrative physiology, lifecycle nutrition, exercise science, and sports nutrition.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Woodworth-Hobbs is a leader in the Emory Educational Gardens project where she guides a group of students, faculty, and staff in caring for a garden plot on campus and learning to grow and harvest food. As a graduate student, Dr. Woodworth-Hobbs was a Division Scholar Fellow in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory, and she won the Exercise Physiology Outstanding MS Student award at West Virginia University. In her free time, she likes to tend to her home garden, cook and bake, play outside (hike, paddleboard, bike, run), and spend time with her family.


  • PhD, Nutrition and Health Sciences, Emory University
  • MS, Exercise Physiology, West Virginia University
  • BS, Exercise Physiology, West Virginia University

Recent Publications

Perry BD, Rahnert JA, Xie Y, Zheng B, Woodworth-Hobbs ME, and Price SR. Palmitate-induced ER stress and inhibition of protein synthesis in culture myotubes does not require Toll-like receptor 4. PLoS One. 2018 Jan 12;13(1):e0191313 PMID 29329354

Woodworth-Hobbs ME, Perry BD, Rahnert JA, Hudson MB, Zheng B, and Price SR. Docosahexaenoic acid counteracts palmitate-induced endoplasmic reticulum stress in C2C12 myotubes: Impact on muscle atrophy. Physiological Reports. 2017 Dec;5(23). pii: e13530. PMID 29199180

Woodworth-Hobbs ME, Hudson MB, Rahnert JA, Zheng B, Franch H, and Price SR.  Docosahexaenoic acid antagonizes palmitate-induced stimulation of protein degradation in myotubes. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. 2014 Aug;25(8):868-874. PMID 24835079

Hudson MB, Rahnert JA, Zheng B, Woodworth-Hobbs ME, Franch HA, and Price SR. miR-182 attenuates atrophy-related gene expression by targeting FoxO3 in skeletal muscle. American Journal of Physiology Cell Physiology. 2014 Aug 15;307(4):C314-9. PMID 24871856

Hudson MB, Woodworth-Hobbs ME, Zheng B, Rahnert JA, Blount MA, Gooch JL, Searles CD, and Price SR. miR-23a is decreased during muscle atrophy by a mechanism that includes calcineurin signaling and exosome-mediated export.  American Journal of Physiology Cell Physiology. 2014 Mar 15;306(6):C551-8. PMID 24336651