Sharifa Love-Rutledge, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Chemistry


301 Sparkman Drive
Materials Science Building
Room 229
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Love-Rutledge's research interests are in the areas of diabetes and insulin resistance. Research in her laboratory focuses on two specific goals i) identification and characterization of early targetable signals related to the dysfunction of insulin secreting Beta cells and ii) understanding the effect proteins, like FAT10, a Type 1 diabetes susceptibility gene, have on Beta cells and insulin sensitive tissues such as (or including) liver, muscle, and fat. In the laboratories efforts to solve complex problems, identify important disease pathways and isolate biomarkers for disease status during the onset of diabetes, we utilize a combination of state-of-the-art biochemistry, analytical chemistry, and molecular biology methodology to achieve our research goals.

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, The University of Alabama, 2014
  • B.S., Chemistry, Tougaloo College, 2008

Honors & Awards

  • Early Career Travel Award to ASBMB annual meeting Spring 2020delegate to the 2019 ASBMB Advocacy Training Program's Cohort 3 American Society for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • UAH Scholarship Enhancement Travel Award Spring 2019
  • Helmsley Charitable Trust Abstract Award in Type 1 Diabetes Endocrine Society Meeting Spring 2019
  • Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology Class of 2019 Endocrine Society 2019
  • Departmental Nominee for the Undergraduate Research and Creative Mentor Award
  • Institutional Nominee for the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
  • Travel Award to ABRCMS Fall 2018
  • Travel Award to NSF-CH division career workshop Spring 2017
  • UAH New Faculty Research Program Award Fall 2017
  • Advancing Science Award, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), Fall 2016


  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Biomarkers
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Beta cells
  • Biochemistry
  • Lipids

Recent Publications

  • Love ST, Di Bona KR, Sinha SH, McAdory D, Skinner BR, Rasco JF, & Vincent JB. Urinary Chromium Excretion in Response to an Insulin Challenge Is Not a Biomarker for Chromium Status Biological Trace Element Research 2013,152(1):57-65

  • Staniek H, Rhodes NR, Di Bona KR, Deng G, Love ST, Pledger LA, Blount J, Gomberg E, Grappe F, Cernosek C, Peoples B, Rasco JF, Krejpcio Z, & Vincent JB. Comparison of Tissue Metal Concentrations in Zucker Lean, Zucker Obese, and Zucker Diabetic Fatty Rats and the Effects of Chromium Supplementation on Tissue Metal Concentrations Biological Trace Element Research 2013, 151(3):373-83

  • Vincent JB, Love S. The Need for Combined Inorganic, Biochemical, and Nutritional Studies of Chromium (III) Chemistry & Biodiversity 2012, 9(9):1923-41

  • Vincent JB, Love S. The binding and transport of alternative metals by transferrin. Biochimica Biophysica Acta -General Subjects 2012, 1820(3):362-78

  • Di Bona KR, Love S, Rhodes NR, McAdory D, Sinha SH,Kern N, Kent J, Strickland J, Wilson A, Beaird J, Ramage J, Rasco JF & Vincent JB. Chromium is not an essential trace element for mammals: Effects of a "low-chromium" diet. Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. 2010, 16(3):381-90.

  • Rhodes NR, McAdory D, Love S, Di Bona KR, Chen Y, Ansorge K, Hira J, Kern N, Kent J, Lara P, Rasco JF & Vincent JB. Urinary chromium loss associated with diabetes is offset by increases in absorption. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. 2010, 104(7): 790-97.