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    Donna Porter, Associate Director

    I am currently a Professor of Medicine in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases. I assumed the role of Administrative Director of the UAB Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) in 2007 and became the Associate Director in 2019. Before joining the CFAR, I trained as a virologist, publishing over 26 manuscripts and book chapters during my research career. In current role, I am focused on advancing the impact of the center and the related HIV program projects, now in its 30th year of continuous NIH fu...

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    Janet Turan, Co-Director

    Dr. Janet M. Turan is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Organization at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health, Director of the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health, and Director of the Behavioral and Community Sciences Core of the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). She holds secondary appointments in Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology. Dr. Turan is a social and behavioral scientist with main research interests in the areas of sexual and repr...

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    Mirjam-Colette Kempf PhD, MPH, Co-Director

    Dr. Mirjam-Colette Kempf has a broad background in infectious diseases, epidemiology and behavioral sciences. Her previous research has focused on HIV health services and outcomes research with particular emphasis on psychosocial barriers of access to care and health care disparities among HIV-infected women living in the rural South. She is the Co-PI for the NIH-funded UAB-MS Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) site, a member of the National WIHS cohort investigating the HIV epidemic in Women ...

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    Renee Heffron, Director for Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)

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    Robin Lanzi, Co-Director

  • Center Members - Faculty

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    Aadia Rana, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Aadia Rana is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and an Associate Scientist with the UAB Center for AIDS Research. Dr. Rana's primary research area focuses on disparities in access and adherence to medical treatment among people living with HIV, and implementation of evidence-based interventions to improve engagement with HIV care. Her work incorporates health services research, behavioral sciences, social sciences, and clinical medicine. She has a c...

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    Aaron Lucius Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    I am from the Pacific Northwest and received my bachelors in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. During my time there, I did undergraduate research to examine the pre-steady state kinetic mechanism of DNA insertion catalyzed by retroviral integrase. I became intensely interested in enzyme mechanism and joined Tim Lohman’s group in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. I received...

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    Adam Wende, Scientist (C)

    Since 2000, Dr. Wende has explored the regulation of metabolism and mitochondrial function with a specific focus on glucose utilization in heart and muscle. After completing his undergraduate biochemistry degree and an Honors Thesis with Dr. Mark R. Brodl at Knox College in Galesburg, IL he went on to undertake his Ph.D. training in the Cardiology Department as part of the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, MO studying transcriptional regulation wi...

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    Albert Manasyan, Scientist (C)

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    Alice Goepfert, Scientist (C)

    Alice Goepfert is professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) and currently serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education in the UAB School of Medicine and ACGME Designated Institutional Official for UAB Hospital. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and joined the UAB School of Medicine as an OBGYN Resident in 1991. She completed MFM Fellowship training at UAB and joined the faculty in 1997 as Assistant Professor and ...

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    Allan Zajac Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Allyson Hall, Senior Scientist (C)

    I am a professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and I teach health policy to graduate students. In August 2018 I became program director for our graduate programs in health care quality and safety. I also serve as a Co-Director for UAB's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education

    My research focuses on health care access and utilization among vulnerable populations, including individuals living with a d...

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    Amanda Willig, Associate Scientist (C)

    Amanda L. Willig, PhD, RD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine. She received an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and minor in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University. She then completed her dietetic internship and MS in Nutrition at Virginia Tech University. Dr. Willig earned her PhD in Nutrition Sciences with training in Biostatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her current research focuses on nutriti...

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    Amy Warriner, Scientist (C)

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    Amy Weinmann Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Andre Ballesteros-Tato Ph.D., Research Scientist (C)

    Dr. Ballesteros-Tato completed his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the Autonoma University of Madrid in Spain in July 2007. In his Ph.D. thesis work, he studied the role of the cell cycle inhibitor p21 and the apoptosis-inducing Fas receptor in controlling immunological tolerance in different murine and human autoimmune diseases. Beginning in March of 2008, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Troy Randall at Trudeau Institute as a postdoctoral fellow, and then later moved with Dr. Randall's lab to th...

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    Andries Steyn, Associate Scientist (C)

    The main goal of Dr Adrie JC Steyn’s research group is to understand the mechanisms whereby Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) persist for decades without causing disease, to then suddenly explode.

    The Steyn Group is currently working on several projects centered on host gasotransmitters such as nitric oxide (NO), carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen sulphide (H2S), and M. tuberculosis redox homeostasis and bioenergetics, the role it plays in latency and persistence of the mycoba...

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    Anju Bansal, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Bansal's research interest focuses on adaptive T-cell responses in HIV-1 transmission and pathogenesis. She's especially interested in understanding the role of HIV-1 specific CD8 and CD4 T-cells and their interplay with the host genetics in influencing the course of HIV-1 disease. This basic information is imperative for HIV-1 vaccine design as the correlates of immune protection are yet unknown. She is also interested in studying the role of T cell in HIV associated cancers.

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    Anne Zinski, Associate Scientist (C)

    After completing her doctorate, Dr. Zinski spent six years in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases investigating the impact of behavioral interventions on patient self-care behaviors, including screening and retention in care.

    In 2015, Dr. Zinski was recruited by the Department of Medical Education to advance educational research and program evaluation for the School of Medicine, and in 2017 she was named Director of Educational Research, Evaluation, and Assessment. Her aims inclu...

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    Arun Paul, Scientist (C)

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    Barbara Gower Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    Barbara Gower is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and serves as Director of the Metabolism Core for the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and the Human Physiology Core for the Diabetes Research Center. Her research focus is on the interplay between diet, endocrinology, and metabolism and their relation to chronic metabolic disease, with expertise in evaluation of body composition, body fat distri...

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    Beatriz Leon-Ruiz Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Bertha Hidalgo, Scientist (C)

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    Brian Sims, Scientist (C)

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    Bulent Turan, Scientist (C)

    Bulent Turan examines the mechanisms underlying the relationship between social bonds and well-being. Other projects examine the effects of HIV-related stigma and discrimination among persons living with HIV.

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    Burel Goodin, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Goodin is a clinical health psychologist with specialization in pain-related behavioral medicine. He examines the interactions of psychosocial and biobehavioral characteristics in relation to the experience of pain through the key pathways of stress-related hormones (neuroendocrine function) and immune function. His previous and ongoing projects are conducted in collaboration with colleagues at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Florida, as well as UAB.

    Over the...

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    C Ann Gakumo PhD, RN, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. C. Ann Gakumo is internationally known for her research in addressing health disparities and low health literacy in African Americans living with HIV. In addition to her research, she has made significant contributions in advancing health literacy initiatives and global health into health professional education

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    Carolyn Moore, Associate Scientist (C)

    Carolyn Bolton Moore is a South African physician who has been living and working in Zambia since 2004. She has a keen interest in prevention of mother to child transmission interventions and has 15 years experience treating HIV-infected adults and children in Africa. She has worked on NIH funded paediatric clinical research projects since 2002, initially at the PHRU in Johannesburg, South Africa and, since 2004 at the CIDRZ CRS in Lusaka, Zambia. For the past 11 years, she has combined paediatr...

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    Carrie B. Coleman, Associate Scientist (C)

    Carrie B. Coleman obtained her B.S. with a concentration in Microbiology at the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2002. As a graduate student she joined the lab of Dr. Scott Tibbetts in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Her work in Dr. Tibbetts lab involved utilizing a murine gammaherpesvirus, MHV68, as an in vivo model to characterize the role of developing B cells in the maintenance of viral latency. She obtained her Ph.D. in virology in...

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    Chander Raman, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Raman’s laboratory interrogates molecular and cellular mechanisms driving the immunopathogenesis of autoimmune diseases with a special emphasis on multiple sclerosis (MS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Within this are of research, the current studies focus on molecular mechanisms underlying activation and differentiation of effector T cells, B cells and innate cells in the pathogenesis of these autoimmune diseases. Current investigations involve human immunology bridged with mouse models to ...

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    Chandrika Piyathilake Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    Dr. Piyathilake is a tenured Professor of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and a Senior Scientist in the UAB’s NIH-funded Clinical Nutrition Research Center (CNRC), Comprehensive Cancer Center (UABCCC) and the Minority Health Research Center (MHRC). She trained as a Dental Surgeon in Sri-Lanka and then completed her Master’s degree in international health and a PhD degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in th...

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    Charles Elson III M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Elson received his M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, trained in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital/Cornell, then did his Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Chicago.  After doing full-time research in immunology at N.I.H., he joined the Faculty of the Division of Gastroenterology at the Medical College of Virginia.  He moved to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to become Director of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology,  and subsequently served a...

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    Christina Muzny, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Christina Muzny obtained her medical degree at the Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center College of Medicine. She subsequently completed an internal medicine residency and an infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center prior to joining the infectious diseases faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2010. Dr. Muzny currently has R01 funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study the pathogenesis of b...

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    Christina Ochsenbauer, Scientist (C)

    Introduction & Research:

    Dr. Ochsenbauer pursued HIV research since her doctoral thesis at the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg. She came to UAB for postdoctoral training in molecular retrovirology with Dr. Eric Hunter. Over the last decade, she focused on questions pertinent to HIV-1 transmission She contributed several novel, highly relevant virologic reagents to the HIV prevention field, including the first infectious molecular clones that represent nucleotide exact copies o...

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    Christopher Klug Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Craig Hoesley, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Hoesley received his medical degree from the University of South Florida and completed his internship, internal medicine residency, chief residency, and infectious disease fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He joined the UAB faculty in 1999 and served as the internal medicine clerkship director for 7 years prior to becoming the associate dean for undergraduate medical education in 2008. In July 2015, Dr. Hoesley became the senior associate dean for medical education and c...

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    Crystal Chapman Lambert PhD, CRNP, NP-C, FNP-BC, ACRN, Research Scientist (C)

    Dr. Chapman Lambert is a promising early career investigator. Her research activities focus on improving health outcomes for minority population, more specifically women living with HIV (WLWH). For her dissertation she recruited and administered a survey to 300 WLWH to assess their attitudes, beliefs and knowledge regarding HPV and cervical cancer screening. Continuing her passion to improve health outcomes for WLWH, Dr. Chapman Lambert is evaluating multilevel factors that impact medication and...

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    David Bedwell Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    David Bedwell, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, completed his undergraduate studies in Microbiology at Purdue University (B.S. with Honors, 1979). His graduate work in Molecular Biology was done with Dr. Masayasu Nomura at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, (Ph.D., 1985). He then carried out a postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Scott Emr's laboratory at Caltech. Dr. Bedwell joined the faculty at UAB in 1988. At the national level, he is in a second 5...

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    David Vance PhD, MGS, MS, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. David Vance is a Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing and psychologist actively pursuing research in positive and negative neuroplasticity, neurocognitive aging, neurocognitive remediation, aging with HIV, and more recently neurocognition in cancer survivors. With a passion for successful cognitive aging and for mentoring scientific leaders, Dr. Vance’s work has resulted in +350 publications (+280 peer-reviewed publications) including numerous book ch...

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    Dione King, Associate Scientist (C)

    Education:
    BA, Spelman College
    MSW, University of Georgia
    PhD, University of Georgia
    Dr. King’s long-standing commitment to disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalized populations is evidenced through her professional and research experiences working with children and families in juvenile justice, child welfare, education, nonprofit and homeless/transitional housing settings. Her research focuses on health behaviors and health disparities that impact the adolescent and young adult...

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    Donna Porter, Associate Scientist (C)

    I am currently a Professor of Medicine in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases. I assumed the role of Administrative Director of the UAB Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) in 2007 and became the Associate Director in 2019. Before joining the CFAR, I trained as a virologist, publishing over 26 manuscripts and book chapters during my research career. In current role, I am focused on advancing the impact of the center and the related HIV program projects, now in its 30th year of continuous NIH fu...

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    Dustin Long, Scientist (C)

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    Edgar Overton, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Overton joined the UAB faculty in 2011 to assist in the development of the translational research program in the field of vaccinology and to establish a comprehensive hepatitis C program. He serves as the Co-Director of the AVRC and the Clinic Director for the 1917 Hepatitis Clinic. He is Board-certified in Medicine and Infectious Diseases and is licensed to practice in Alabama. His research interests focus on the chronic inflammation and long-term complications of chronic viral infections,...

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    Edward Acosta Pharm.D., Associate Scientist (C)

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    Elena Frolova Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Ellen Eaton, Associate Scientist (C)

    Ellen Eaton, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Division of Infectious Diseases. Her research and patient care centers on infectious consequences of substance use and mental illness. Her lab is developing and testing interventions to link patients to addiction treatment and prevention across the HIV care continuum in both acute care and community-based settings. Ellen is the Director of the Office Based Opioid Treatment Clinic at the 1917 HIV Clinic and a member of t...

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    Elliot Lefkowitz Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    My work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) encompasses a number of roles and interests. As a Professor of Microbiology, my research interests are directed at deriving a better understanding of the processes and consequences of microbial evolution and how variation of the genomic sequences of microbes impacts that evolution. I am also interested in the role that microbes play in human health and disease. To pursue these interests my lab focuses on bioinformatics analysis – the devel...

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    Emily Levitan, Scientist (C)

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    Emily Wong, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Eroboghene Ubogu, Research Scientist (C)

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    Frances Lund Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Frances (Fran) Lund completed her undergraduate studies in Microbiology at the University of Notre Dame (B.S., cum laude, 1987). She performed her graduate work with Dr. Ronald B. Corley in the Department of Microbiology at Duke University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Immunology in 1992 and went on to a post-doctoral immunology fellowship in Dr. Maureen Howard’s group at DNAX Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA. In 1997 she moved to the Trudeau Institute, a basic biomedical infectious disease rese...

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    German Henostroza, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Henostroza was born in Peru and did medical school at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH). Subsequently he did his internal medicine residency under John Sheagren at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Upon finishing his residency he was offered a position back in his country to lead an initiative under the sponsorship of WHO/TDR and Find Diagnositcs to evaluate novel TB diagnostic trials, where he establish the TB Research unit at the tropical medicine institute Alexander Von Humboldt,...

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    Greer Burkholder, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Guangxiang Luo M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Gwendolyn Childs PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Gwendolyn Childs’ research focuses on approaches for reducing the risks of sexually transmitted infections in adolescent African American girls with an emphasis on sexual decision-making and risk-taking among African American girls ages 12 to 14 years living in the Deep South region of the U.S. Using community-based participatory and qualitative research methods, Dr. Childs’ work has documented the age of onset of sexual activity in this population of young adolescents, as well as common cog...

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    Hongwei Qin, Scientist (C)

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    Hubert Tse, Scientist (C)

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    Hui Hu Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    Welcome to the Hu Lab!
    Meet Hui Hu, Ph.D., an immunologist focusing on transcriptional regulation of adaptive immunity—Tfh cell differentiation, GC responses, CD8+ T cell quiescence/activation, T cell responses, immune memory and vaccines.

    Hu joined the Department of Microbiology at UAB in May, 2014. He was an Associate Professor at the Wistar Institute, Philadelphia. Before Hu moved to the Wistar Institute, he was an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard’s Children...

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    Ilya Frolov Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Isabel Scarinci-Searles, Senior Scientist (C)

    Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D., MPH, is a behavioral scientist with a deep commitment to the elimination of cancer disparities in the U.S. and in low- and middle-income countries. The focus of her work is on the application of behavioral science to public health by promoting behavior change at the population level. Her primary area of interest is cancer prevention and control (including tobacco control) among low-income, racial/ethnic minorities, and immigrant populations (particularly Latinos and Afric...

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    James Kobie, Scientist (C)

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    James Willig, Associate Scientist (C)

    James H. Willig, MD, MSPH, is the Associate Dean of Clinical Education in the School of Medicine. He attended Medical School at the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) and completed his residency at the University of Virginia Roanoke-Salem. At UAB, Willig has earned an M.S. in Public Health and completed an Infectious Diseases Fellowship. His research interests in quality improvement and medical informatics have found expression in both research into quality issues in HIV primary care...

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    Jamil Saad Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    Obtained his B.S degree in Chemistry at Birzeit University in Palestine (1996), M.S degree in Bioinorganic Chemistry at Bergen University in Norway (1998; advisor: Dr. Einar Sletten), and a Ph.D degree in Bioinorganic Chemistry at Emory University in Atlanta (2002; advisor: Dr. Luigi Marzilli). His M.S. and Ph.D studies focused on studying the interactions of cisplatin, a leading anticancer drug, with DNA by using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and other biophysical methods. Dr. Saad's postdoc...

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    Jan Novak M.Sc., Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Janet Turan, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Janet M. Turan is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Organization at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health, Director of the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health, and Director of the Behavioral and Community Sciences Core of the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). She holds secondary appointments in Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology. Dr. Turan is a social and behavioral scientist with main research interests in the areas of sexual and repr...

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    Janet Yother, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Jayme Locke, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Locke is an abdominal transplant surgeon specializing in innovative strategies for the transplantation of incompatible organs, disparities in access to and outcomes after solid organ transplantation, and transplantation of HIV-infected end-stage patients. Dr. Locke completed an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry at Duke University and her medical degree at East Carolina University prior to matriculating to Johns Hopkins Hospital where she received training in general surgery and ...

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    Jeanne Marrazzo, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Marrazzo is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is internationally recognized for her research and education efforts in the field of sexually transmitted infections, especially as they affect women’s health. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Marrazzo has chaired the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Council, and the ABIM Inf...

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    Jenni Wise, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Jessica Corcoran, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Jodie Dionne, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Jodie Dionne is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases, Chief of Women's Health at the 1917 HIV Clinic, and the Associate Director of Global Health in the UAB Center for Women's Reproductive Health. As a physician-scientist who joined the faculty at UAB in 2013, Dr. Dionne leads clinical trials to identify new ways to treat and prevent infections in women and pregnancy.

    Dr. Dionne's global health studies focus on preventing syphilis and hepati...

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    John Kappes Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    John C. Kappes (b. 1957), Associate Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, completed his undergraduate studies in biology at Thomas More College (B.A. in Biology, 1981) and received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Experimental Medicine from St. Thomas Institute in 1986. Dr. Kappes completed his postdoctoral fellowship studying the molecular pathogenesis of human immunodeficiency viruses and joined the UAB faculty in 1989.

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    John Kearney Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    John Mountz M.D., Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Mountz is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the UAB Recombinant Inbred Strain Facility. Dr. Mountz is the Co-Director of the UAB Bone Center, the UAB Center for Aging, Basic Biology Component, and is a Physician at the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Mountz is the recipient of the J. W. & Virginia Goodwin-Warren D. Blackburn, Jr. Research Chair in Rheumatology (2002) and recipient of the Max Cooper Award for Excellence in Research (2003). Dr. Mountz was designate...

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    John Shacka, Scientist (C)

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    Karen Cropsey Psy.D., Scientist (C)

    Dr. Cropsey attended undergraduate and her masters degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana for her doctoral training and completed internship in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in forensics and substance abuse at University of Mississippi Medical Center and Virginia Commonwealth University. She stayed on as faculty in the Department of Psychia...

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    Karen Fowler, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Katia Bruxvoort, Associate Scientist (C)

    I am an epidemiologist with broad interests in infectious disease prevention, screening and diagnostics, and medication adherence. I have extensive experience in design and implementation of studies using electronic health records, randomized trials, and large-scale surveys. My overall goal is to conduct high quality research that improves clinical care and public health among underserved populations in diverse settings.

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    Kaylee Crockett, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Kirk Habegger, Scientist (C)

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    Kristine Hearld, Scientist (C)

    Kristine Ria Hearld, Ph.D., is currently an associate professor in the UAB Department of Health Services Administration. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Anthropology, an M.A. in Demography, and a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania. Ria also holds a Masters of Philosophy degree from University of Cambridge. Prior to joining UAB, she worked for Medical Advantage Group in East Lansing, Michigan, where she served as a consultant and manager for a 200-member indepe...

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    Larry Hearld, Scientist (C)

    Larry R. Hearld, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health with an emphasis in Organizational Studies. His research encompasses two focal areas: 1) the development and sustainability of interorganizational and interpersonal relationships and the effects of these relationships on market-, organization-, and patient-level outcomes...

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    Latesha Elopre, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Elopre completed her medical degree at University of Florida’s College of Medicine. She then underwent Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Diseases’ Fellowship training at University of Alabama at Birmingham. During this time, she also received her MSPH in Applied Epidemiology. Under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Mugavero, her research interests have focused on social determinants of health for STDs, including HIV. She is now an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of Diversit...

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    Lauren Walter, Scientist (C)

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    Laurie Harrington Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    Laurie E. Harrington received her B.S. degree from the University of Vermont in 1997 and her Ph.D. in Immunology from Emory University in 2001. In late 2001, she began her postdoctoral studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, investigating the heterogeneity of CD4 T cell responses during autoimmune and protective immune responses. Laurie joined the Department of Cell Biology, now Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, as an Assistant Professor in 2007.

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    Lawrence Lamb Jr. Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Linda Moneyham PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Moneyham is Professor and Senior Associated Dean for Academic Affairs in the UAB School of Nursing, with appointments as a Senior Scientist in the Center for AIDS Research, the Minority Health Research Center, the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. She has also served as an Associate Director for the Center for Nursing Research, Co-director of the Behavioral Core of the Center for AIDS Research, and Research Leader of the Mi...

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    Lisa McCormick, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Lisa C. McCormick (DrPH, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham, BS, University of Southern Mississippi) is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the UAB School of Public Health.

    Dr. McCormick is the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice for the UAB School of Public Health. In addition, Dr. McCormick is the Director of the Alabama Regional Center for Infection Prevention and Control, the Lead Evaluator for the Region IV Public Health Training Cent...

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    Louise Chow Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Lynn Matthews, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Matthews is an infectious disease trained clinician-scientist funded by NIMH and NICHD since 2011 to develop and test interventions that reduce HIV in the context of sexual and reproductive health for men and women in Uganda and South Africa. She has worked in South Africa and Uganda since 2007 and 2010, respectively. She started in a new role as an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019 where she has since expanded the scope of her research to address PrEP fo...

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    Magdalena Szaflarski, Scientist (C)

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    Marguerite Irvin, Scientist (C)

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    Maria Pisu Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

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    Mark Walter Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Masakazu Kamata, Scientist (C)

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    Michael Mugavero MD, MHSc, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Mugavero's HIV research program includes observational/cohort studies, behavioral interventions, and implementation science studies anchored to a status neutral care continuum, with particular emphasis on care engagement. Dr. Mugavero serves as Director for the Center for Outcomes Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE), Co-Director of the Center For AIDS Research, and PI of an AHRQ T32 training grant in health services and outcomes research. As Director of the COERE, he works with an i...

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    Michael Niederweis, Scientist (C)

    One of the most prominent features of M. tuberculosis is its unusual outer membrane that plays a crucial role in the intrinsic drug resistance and in survival of M. tuberculosis in vivo. This membrane is functionalized by intriguing proteins which provide essential functions such as nutrient uptake, have new structures and likely function by novel mechanisms. We discovered the first outer membrane channel protein in mycobacteria, obtained the first crystal structure of a mycobacterial outer memb...

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    Michael Vinikoor, Associate Scientist (C)

    Infectious diseases doctor
    Internist
    Pediatrician
    Global health researcher based in Africa
    HIV and viral hepatitis expert
    Mentor and trainer of trainers in public health, clinical medicine, and clinical research

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    Mirjam-Colette Kempf PhD, MPH, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Mirjam-Colette Kempf has a broad background in infectious diseases, epidemiology and behavioral sciences. Her previous research has focused on HIV health services and outcomes research with particular emphasis on psychosocial barriers of access to care and health care disparities among HIV-infected women living in the rural South. She is the Co-PI for the NIH-funded UAB-MS Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) site, a member of the National WIHS cohort investigating the HIV epidemic in Women ...

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    Nathan Erdmann, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Erdmann completed his MD/PhD at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His research focused on understanding the mechanisms of HIV-mediated inflammation and neurotoxicity. He then joined the ABIM Research Pathway at UAB, completing his internship and residency before joining the Division of Infectious Disease as a fellow. He is now an Instructor of Medicine, and his research focuses on T cell responses in HIV under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Goepfert. Dr. Erdmann has described the role o...

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    Nicholas Van Wagoner, Associate Scientist (C)

    Nicholas Van Wagoner, M.D., Ph.D., has been promoted to associate dean for students.

    As associate dean for students, Van Wagoner will lead the Office of Medical Student Services, which offers UAB medical students individualized support. His team will provide programs and services in an environment that promotes intellectual and professional development, supports career goals, nurtures growth as leaders and inspires excellence. Van Wagoner and his staff will also provide support and serv...

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    Nicole Armstrong, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Nilam Banerjee Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

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    Olaf Kutsch, Associate Scientist (C)

    1989-1991 Prediploma Fellow, Institute for Biotechnology, University of Würzburg, Germany 1992-1997 Predoctoral Fellow, Institute for Immunobiology, University of Würzburg, Germany 1998-2001 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2001-2003 Research Instructor, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2003-2005 Research Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2005- 2008 Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2005-present Associate Scientist, UAB CFA...

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    Omar Sims, Scientist (C)

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    Pariya Wheeler PhD, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Pariya Fazeli is an experimental psychologist with academic training in lifespan development, cognitive aging, and gerontology. Her primary research interests include cognitive aging among older adults with HIV, with a focus on predictors of successful cognitive aging as well as rehabilitation strategies to promote successful cognitive aging in this population. Her work is currently funded by the National Institute on Aging.

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    Paul Goepfert M.D., Scientist (C)

    Our laboratory concentrates on understanding the immune correlates of protection against HIV disease progression with a focus on cell medicated immune responses (CD4 and CD8 T cells). We are utilizing a variety of techniques in our laboratory to evaluate the quality of HIV-specific T cell responses observed in patients who represent the entire spectra of HIV disease. These assays include an in vitro HIV killing and an in vitro HIV viral suppression assay. These assays measure the actual clearanc...

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    Paul Muntner, Scientist (C)

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    Pi-Ling Chang Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    Pi-Ling Chang, PhD is an Associate Professor of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Chang received her baccalaureate degree in Natural Sciences and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Chicago. After serving as an instructor in the Department of Biochemistry at the King Saud University, Scientific College for Girls in Saudi Arabia for 5 years, she returned to the United States and earned her doctorate degree in Nutrition Sciences under the m...

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    Randy Cron MD, PhD, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Cron began his research training at the NIH (as a HHMI scholar) and continued with a PhD in Immunology following my mentor, Dr. Jeff Bluestone, to the University of Chicago, where Dr. Cron characterized murine peripheral TCRgd T cell repertoire, phenotype, and effector function. He completed medical school at UCLA and did a Pediatrics residency at Stanford where he gained an interest in Rheumatology. This was followed by a fellowship at the University of Washington in Pediatric Rheumatology....

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    Raymond Jones, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Renee Heffron, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Ricardo Franco, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Franco is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His interest focuses on interventions to improve access to care and new therapies in Chronic Hepatitis C; clinical management and trials in HCV mono-infection and HIV-HCV co-infection; and the accelerated pathogenesis of HIV-HCV co-infection. Recently, Dr. Franco had coordinated the Hep C Circle of Care award, instrumental in the expansion of ...

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    Richard Whitley M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Richard Whitley, M.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Microbiology, Medicine and Neurosurgery; Loeb Eminent Scholar Chair in Pediatrics; Co-Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases; Vice-Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Senior Scientist, Department of Gene Therapy; Scientist, Cancer Research and Training Center; Faculty, Gene Therapy Center; Associate Director for Drug Discovery and Development and Senior Leader, Pediatric Oncology Program, O’Neal Comprehensi...

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    Robert Goldenberg, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Robert Kimberly M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Robert P. Kimberly, MD, a native of New Haven, Conn., received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School after receiving a baccalaureate degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and a baccalaureate / master's degree from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Dr. Kimberly's achievements and honors include election to Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, a "First" class degree from Oxford, and election to both the America...

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    Robert Reynolds Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    I received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1977 and a PhD from Duke University in 1985. While a student at Duke University under Dr. Barbara Shaw in Chemistry and Dr. David Sedwick in the Department of Medicine, I obtained a diverse education in experimental design and basic research covering topics from cell culture, protein isolation and gel electrophoresis to organic synthesis and drug design. After a brief postdoctoral fellowship at NIEHS in the R...

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    Robin Lanzi, Scientist (C)

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    Rodney King, Scientist (C)

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    Ronnie Gravett, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Sadeep Shrestha Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

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    Samantha Hill, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Sarah MacCarthy, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Sarah MacCarthy is the inaugural holder of the Magic City LGBTQ Health Studies Endowed Professorship. Dr. MacCarthy has more than 10 years' experience in applying systematic mixed-methods research to address the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ adults. She received her masters and doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed postdoctoral training from Brown University.

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    Sasanka Ramanadham Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Saurabh Aggarwal, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Shannon Houser, Associate Scientist (C)

    Shannon Houser, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA, is a professor of the Health Services Administration Department and an Associate Scientist in the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received her doctoral and Master's degrees in Health Behavior and Epidemiology from the School of Public Health of UAB. She was an appointed member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee to Review Data Systems for Monitoring HIV/AIDS Care. Dr. Houser has been an active member wit...

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    Shruti Agnihotri, Scientist (C)

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    Sonya Heath, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Heath is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. She also received a Master’s Degree in Microbiology and Immunology. Her translational laboratory is focused on investigating T and B cell biology in HIV infection and vaccine development, with external funding through NIH and CDC.  Her research program has focused on understanding 1) HIV specific CD8 T cell responses and how exhaustion, ...

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    Stefan Kertesz, Associate Scientist (C)

    I am a Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an attending physician at the Birmingham, Alabama VA Health Care System.

    For over two decades I have offered primary care and addiction care to persons who experience homelessness and addiction, and a history VA- and NIH-funded research on care for vulnerable populations.

    My homeless-focused research included development of a freely available patient care experience survey focused on the primary car...

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    Steffanie Sabbaj, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Sabbaj’s research interests are mainly focused on the study of HIV-specific T cells from peripheral blood and different mucosal compartments and their role in the pathogenesis of HIV-infection. She has studied T cells isolated from peripheral blood, breast milk and more recently menstrual blood in order to understand how these cells control infection. She has extensive experience and expertise in isolating and characterizing T cells from multiple cell sources from both HIV infected and HIV...

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    Stephen Barnes Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    Dr. Barnes was trained in Chemistry and Biochemistry in the UK. He joined UAB in 1977 and pursued research on bile acids and latterly polyphenols, particularly soy isoflavones. He was promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) in 1985 and Full Professor in 1994. He has received NIH support from several areas to pursue the conjugation of bile acids, the chemistry, biochemistry and physiology of polyphenols, the underlying chemistry of lens cataracts and the use of omics approaches in biomedica...

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    Sunnie Thompson Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Thompson received her graduate training in Marvin Wickens’ laboratory on translational control during early development. As a post-doctoral fellow in Peter Sarnow's laboratory, she developed her expertise in internal ribosome entry site (IRES) mediated mechanisms of translation initiation. She is interested in understanding how IRESs recruit ribosomes and initiate translation. She discovered that a ribosomal protein S25 (eS25/RPS25) on the small ribosomal subunit was essential for IRES-media...

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    Suzanne Oparil, Scientist (C)

    Suzanne Oparil, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASH, FAPS is Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Professor of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, and Director of the Vascular Biology and Hypertension Program, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

    Dr. Oparil is a cardiologist with a special interest in the fundamental mechanisms of cardiovascular disease and in applying this information to the development of novel treatme...

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    Tamera Coyne-Beasley, Scientist (C)

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    Thomas Atkinson, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Todd Green, Scientist (C)

    My lab aims to understand the structure-function relationships involved in the processes of viral replication, virus-host interactions, capsid structure, polynucleotide synthesis and antibody-antigen complex formation. Toward this goal, we have used structural techniques (cryo-electron microscopy, x-ray crystallography and small angle x-ray scattering) and biochemistry to study: viral proteins from negative strand RNA viruses (NSV: influenza A, mumps, rabies virus, VSV), retroviruses (HIV), coro...

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    Troy Randall Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Van T. Nghiem, Associate Scientist (C)

    I am a Health Decision Scientist excited by examining health outcomes, access to care, and value-based health care delivery research. My methods interests include decision science, mathematical modeling, economic evaluation and critical appraisal of clinical trials.

    I was lucky enough to have had a rewarding public health career spanning from field work to desk-based research. In Vietnam, I was an HIV prevention program officer at Abt Associates helping neglected but at high-risk female...

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    Victor Darley-Usmar Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    Victor Darley-Usmar received his Ph.D. at the University of Essex in England and then moved to the University of Oregon as a Post-Doctoral Fellow to pursue his interests in the structure and function of mitochondrial proteins in human disease. After a period as a lecturer in Japan and ten years as a Research Scientist in Burroughs Wellcome in London he joined UAB to establish his own research group in the Department of Pathology in 1995. He has received multiple awards for training and mentorin...

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    Warner Huh M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    William Britt M.D., Scientist (C)

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    William Geisler, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Geisler is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and completed his doctor of medicine degree at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He later earned a master of public health degree in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Seattle. Following an internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Dr. Geisler served a fellowship at the Division of...

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    Yookyong Lee, Scientist (C)

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    Yu-Mei Schoenberger-Godwin, Research Scientist (C)

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    Yufeng Li Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

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    Zdenek Hel Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

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