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Kelly E. Mercer, Ph.D.

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  • Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics


  • Developmental Nutrition


  • Basic Scientist

Contact Information

  • Email:
    Phone: 501-364-2785
    Address: Arkansas Childrens Nutrition Center
    15 Childrens Way
    Little Rock, AR 72202


  • B.S., University of Dallas, 1997
  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2001


  • Instructor, Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2007-2009
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2010-2013
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2004-2006
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Pediatrics, St. Jude Children's Hosptial, 2001-2003

Recent Publications

  • Journal Article, Alund AW,Mercer KE,Suva LJ,Pulliam CF,Chen JR,Badger TM,Van Remmen H,Ronis MJ Reactive Oxygen Species Differentially Regulate Bone Turnover in an Age-Specific Manner in Catalase Transgenic Female Mice. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 2016 Jul 358 (1): 50-60.
  • Journal Article, Shearn CT,Orlicky DJ,McCullough RL,Jiang H,Maclean KN,Mercer KE,Stiles BL,Saba LM,Ronis MJ,Petersen DR Liver-Specific Deletion of Phosphatase and Tensin Homolog Deleted on Chromosome 10 Significantly Ameliorates Chronic EtOH-Induced Increases in Hepatocellular Damage. PLoS One 2016 11 (4): e0154152.
  • Journal Article, Shearn CT,Fritz KS,Shearn AH,Saba LM,Mercer KE,Engi B,Galligan JJ,Zimniak P,Orlicky DJ,Ronis MJ,Petersen DR Deletion of GSTA4-4 results in increased mitochondrial post-translational modification of proteins by reactive aldehydes following chronic ethanol consumption in mice. Redox Biol 2016 Apr 7 68-77.
  • Journal Article, Yeruva, L., Spencer, N.E., Saraf, M.K., Jones, K.E., Bowlin, A.K., Cleves, M.A., Mercer, K., Chintapalli, S., Shankar, K., Rank, R.G., Badger, T.M., Ronis, M.J. Formula diet alters small intestine morphology, microbial abundance, and reduces E-cadherin and IL-10 expression in neonatal porcine model. BMC Gastro 2016 16(1):40-48.
  • Journal Article, Mercer, K.E., Pulliam, C.F., Hennings, L., Lai, K., Cleves, M.A., Jones, E.E., Drake, R.R., Ronis, M.J. Soy Protein Isolate Protects Against Ethanol-Mediated Tumor Progression in Diethylnitrosamine-Treated Male Mice. Cancer Prev Res 2016 June; 9(6):466-475.
  • Journal Article, Mercer KE,Hennings L,Ronis MJ Alcohol consumption, Wnt/beta-catenin signaling, and hepatocarcinogenesis. Adv Exp Med Biol 2015 815 185-95.
  • Journal Article, Ronis MJ,Mercer KE,Gannon B,Engi B,Zimniak P,Shearn CT,Orlicky DJ,Albano E,Badger TM,Petersen DR Increased 4-hydroxynonenal protein adducts in male GSTA4-4/PPAR-alpha double knockout mice enhance injury during early stages of alcoholic liver disease. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol 2015 Mar 1 308 (5): G403-15.
  • Journal Article, Chen JR,Lazarenko OP,Blackburn ML,Mercer KE,Badger TM,Ronis MJ p47phox-Nox2-dependent ROS Signaling Inhibits Early Bone Development in Mice but Protects against Skeletal Aging. J Biol Chem 2015 Jun 5 290 (23): 14692-704.
  • Journal Article, Ronis MJ,Mercer K,Suva LJ,Vantrease J,Ferguson M,Hogue WR,Sharma N,Cleves MA,Blackburn ML,Badger TM Influence of fat/carbohydrate ratio on progression of fatty liver disease and on development of osteopenia in male rats fed alcohol via total enteral nutrition (TEN). Alcohol 2014 Mar 48 (2): 133-44.
  • Journal Article, Mercer KE,Sims CR,Yang CS,Wynne RA,Moutos C,Hogue WR,Lumpkin CK,Suva LJ,Chen JR,Badger TM,Ronis MJ Loss of functional NADPH oxidase 2 protects against alcohol-induced bone resorption in female p47phox-/- mice. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2014 Mar 38 (3): 672-82.

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