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    Jennifer Croker, Director

    I am a trained molecular geneticist, having earned my PhD from Northwestern University and completed postdoctoral training at a small biotech start-up company in Birmingham. In 2004, I joined UAB as a program manager, a position in which I gained administrative responsibility of a large set of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research and training grants. I continue to have direct responsibility for ensuring the regulatory excellence (e.g., IRB, IACUC, OH&S, COI) of programs like these,...

  • Center Members - Faculty

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    Aadia Rana, Scientist and 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 Carter, Senior Scientist (C)

    A. Brent Carter received his medical degree at the University of Missouri. His post-graduate training as a resident in internal medicine and as a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine was completed at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Carter became a faculty member in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa. He is now a professor in medicine and Scientific Director of the Interstitial Lung Disease Program at UAB.

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    Abdulaziz Ahmed, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Abolfazl Zarjou, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Adam Beck, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Beck earned his medical degree from the UAB School of Medicine, and then completed his general surgery residency training and a surgical oncology research fellowship at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center. He trained in vascular surgery at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and then completed a fellowship in advanced endovascular techniques, including branched and fenestrated endografts for aortic aneurysmal disease, at the University Medical Center of Groningen in The Ne...

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    Adam Goodman, Associate Scientist (C)

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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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    Adrienne Lahti, Scientist (C)

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    Aftab Ahmad, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Ahmed Asfari, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Ahmed Elkhanany, Associate Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    Dr. Ahmed Elkhanany is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology & Oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his Hematology and Oncology training at Roswell Park Cancer Center in New York, where his research focused on Breast cancer cells make up, and how they differ by race/ethnicity.
    Research:

    His main interest remains in genomic understanding of Breast cancer driver factors and developing novel agents that can ...

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    Ahmed Lazrak, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Ahmed Zaky, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Aida Miles, Scientist (C)

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    Akila Subramaniam, Associate Scientist (C)

    Akila Subramaniam is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. She completed her bachelor degree in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Shen then went on to complete her medical degree and a master’s in public health at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed her residency as well as a dual fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Medical Genetics. Given dual certification in MFM and g...

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    Alan Percy, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Alan Tita, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Tita is UAB Mary Heersink Endowed Chair of Global Health, Director of the Mary Heersink Institute of Global Health and the Heersink School of Medicine Associate Dean for Global Health. As Professor of Ob/Gyn and Senior Vice-Chair for Research and Innovation, he also leads the Center for Women’s Reproductive Health. His background is in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Perinatal Epidemiology and International Health. Dr. Tita has led and continues to lead the design and conduct of collaborative multi...

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    Alayne Markland, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Markland is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, Alabama. She is also a clinician researcher at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and the Associate Director of Clinical Programs in the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinic Center (GRECC). Her overarching goal is to enhance evidenced-based knowledge regarding the treatment of genito-urinary disord...

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    Alecia Gross Gutierrez, Scientist (C)

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    Alexa Mattheyses Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Alexander Mackinnon, Senior Scientist (C)

    Alexander “Craig” Mackinnon Jr., M.D., Ph.D., is the inaugural director of the Division of Genomics Diagnostics and Bioinformatics in the Department of Pathology, School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mackinnon will lead ongoing efforts to establish the Precision Diagnostic Laboratory at UAB.

    A board-certified anatomical and molecular genetic pathologist, Mackinnon joins UAB after serving as associate professor in the Department of Pathology at the Medical Colle...

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    Alexander Rosenberg, Scientist (C)

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    Ali Al Beshri, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Alian Al-Balas, Associate 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., Senior 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 Cartee, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Ambika Ashraf, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Ambika Ashraf is the Division Director of Pediatric Endocrinology at UAB, Ralph Frohsin Endowed Chair in Pediatric Endocrinology. Also, she is Director of the Pediatric Lipid Clinic at the Children’s of Alabama, Co-Director of the multi-disciplinary Pediatric Metabolic Bone clinic, and an Associate Director of the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center. She is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics. She earned her medical degree from the Calicut University, Kerala, India. Subsequently, she c...

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    Amit Momaya, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Amit Momaya is a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon who serves as an assistant professor in the Dept of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has had extensive training in the care of patients with shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee injuries. Furthermore, he has taken care of athletes at all levels—from the weekend warrior to the professional athlete. Dr. Momaya currently serves a team physician for UAB Athletics and can be found on the sidelines of UAB football and b...

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    Amitkumar Mehta M.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    I am currently associate professor and associate scientist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center (UABCCC). I am board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology.

    Clinical Interests:

    My focus of interest is LYMPHOMA (Hodgkin lymphoma, Non Hodgkin lymphoma-T cell and B cell lymphomas). I specialize in treatments all types of lymphoma in my clinic.

    Research:

    I am also involved in lymphoma rela...

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    Amjad Javed Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Ammar Saadoon Alishlash, Associate Scientist (C)

    Assistant Professor Pediatric Pulmonologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, USA. Experienced in Translational and Clinical Research of Pediatric Pulmonary Diseases. HIs research focuses on factors affecting lung and pulmonary vascular development and pulmonary complications of Sickle Cell Disease. He has American Board certification in Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology. He is also Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London. He is Board Certified by the...

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    Amy Theos, Scientist (C)

    I am a board-certified Pediatric Dermatologist and Associate Professor of Dermatology at UAB and Children's of Alabama. I completed my residency training in Dermatology at UAB and fellowship training in Pediatric Dermatology at Northwestern / Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. I have been practicing in an academic setting since 2001. I consider caring for my patients and families as both a privilege and a blessing. I see patients from birth thru 18 years of age. My special interests in...

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    Amy Wang, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Amy Y. Wang is Associate Professor of Medicine and Family and Community Medicine at the UAB School of Medicine. A board-certified family physician, she is one of the first physicians to become board certified in the new subspecialty of clinical informatics. Her areas of expertise include health terminologies and ontologies, health standards, electronic health records (EHRs), and informatics education. Prior to joining UAB, Dr. Wang was Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Faculty D...

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    Amy Warriner, Scholar (C)

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    Amy Weinmann Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Anand Iyer, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Iyer is a pulmonary-critical physician and geriatrics-palliative care researcher in the UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. He is UAB's first recipient of the Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76) and works to integrate geriatrics and palliative care for people living with serious respiratory illnesses and their care partners. He is the founder of @pallipulm and @geripulm and works to bridge the fields of pulmonary medicine, pall...

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    Anath Shalev, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Andre Ballesteros-Tato Ph.D., 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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    Andre Fiche Gosling, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Andre Leier Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

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    Andrea Cherrington, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Andres Azuero PhD, MBA, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Azuero's focus is on the design, management, and analysis of clinical trials and health interventions, and the use of statistical and machine learning techniques for modeling personalized treatment response and observational data. He specializes in a broad spectrum of classical statistical and machine learning techniques. He collaborates in several research projects within and outside UAB.

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    Andrew Arrant, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Arrant graduated with a B.S. in Toxicology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2007. He then entered the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program at Duke University, and in 2012 earned a PhD in Pharmacology in the laboratory of Dr. Cynthia Kuhn. In 2013, Dr. Arrant joined the laboratory of Dr. Erik Roberson at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for postdoctoral training with mouse models of frontotemporal dementia. Dr. Arrant was promoted to a Scientist position ...

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    Andrew Gunn, Associate Scientist (C)

    Interventional radiologist focused on providing high-quality, personalized care to patients through minimally-invasive procedures.

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    Andrew McDonald, Associate Scientist (C)

    I am an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and am a member of the UAB Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship. My clinical specialization in genitourinary and gastrointestinal cancer and my clinician scientist focus is on mitigating treatment related toxicity in cancer survivors.

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    Andrew Pucker, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Andrew Smith M.D., Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Andries Steyn, 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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    Andrzej Slominski M.D., Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Angelo Gaffo, Scientist (C)

    Angelo L. Gaffo is the section chief of Rheumatology at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He graduated from Medical School in 1999 in his native Lima, Peru and moved to the United States to complete training in Internal Medicine (UAB), Rheumatology (UAB), Public Health (earning a master’s degree at the UAB School of Public Health), and Quality Improvement science (Birmingham VA) i...

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    Anindya Dutta, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Anita Hjelmeland Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Anju Bansal, Scholar (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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    Anna Hurst, Scientist (C)

    Anna C.E. Hurst, MD, MS, is an associate professor of medical genetics in the department of genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an adjunct faculty member at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. She trained as a genetic counselor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (Columbia) and then completed her medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston). She is a board-certified pediatrician who completed pediatrics residency at Wake ...

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    Anna Sorace, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Anna Thalacker-Mercer, Associate Scientist (C)

    Anna Thalacker-Mercer, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology at UAB. She received her doctorate degree through the Interdepartmental Nutrition Program in the Department of Nutrition Science (formerly Foods and Nutrition) at Purdue University where she developed a strong background in geriatric nutrition and the mechanisms underlying aging skeletal muscle. She continued her research training as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Nutrition Obesi...

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    Anoma Nellore, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Anthony Morlandt D.D.S., M.D., Scientist (C)

    Anthony Morlandt, M.D., D.D.S., FACS
    Dr. Morlandt was born and raised in Floresville, Texas and graduated from Baylor University. He completed his DDS magna cum laude at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas, and received his MD and internship and residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Morlandt then went on to complete a fellowship in head and neck oncology and microsurgery at the University of Flori...

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    Anthony Nicholas, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Nicholas is originally from Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude in 1982 with a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Scranton. He then received his Ph.D. in Anatomy from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Galveston in 1987, and his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1990. After medical school, Dr. Nicholas spent two years completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience with Dr. Tomas Hökfelt at the Karolinska Institute in S...

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    Antonio Di Stasi M.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    I received my M.D. degree from the University of Modena in Italy, and received internal medicine and medical oncology training at the university of Milan, in Italy, where I focused on the management of hematologic malignancies and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Following my fellowship, I joined the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX) for post-doctoral studies, where I completed the pre-clinical validation of an immunotherapy...

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    Anupam Agarwal M.D., Scholar (C)

    Dr. Anupam Agarwal is currently Interim Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean, Heersink School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He has been serving as Executive Vice Dean for the Heeersink School of Medicine since 2014 and served as the Director for the Division of Nephrology from Jan 1, 2008 to Sept 30, 2021. He also serves as the Program Director of the NIH/NIDDK funded O’Brien Center for Acute Kidney Injury Research. He has graduate faculty status in the Dep...

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    Arnab Basu, Associate Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    Dr. Basu originally obtained his medical degree from the Medical College, Kolkata, the oldest medical school in Asia. He then completed a fellowship at the Indian Council of Medical Research and a Masters in Epidemiology and Biostatistical Methods in Clinical Research from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore , Maryland. He then completed his Internal Medicine training at the Johns Hopkins University & Sinai Hospital of Baltimore program. Dr. Basu also has fellowship...

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    Arun Paul, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Arun Rajasekaran, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Ashish Shah, Scientist (C)

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    Ashita Tolwani, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Ashley Battarbee, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Ashley Holder, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Ashraf Fouad, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Ashutosh Tamhane, Associate Scientist (C)

    An epidemiologist with post-graduate training in clinical medicine and public health. Skilled in data management, analysis and SAS programming with a strong record of published research. Experienced in public health and clinical research with knowledge of epidemiological and statistical issues. Trained in developing study proposals/grants, designing research questionnaire and
    overall conduct of research studies in national and international settings.

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    Barbara Gower Ph.D., Senior 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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    Barry Sleckman, Senior Scientist (C)

    Barry Sleckman completed his M.D. and a Ph.D. in immunology at Harvard Medical School, followed by a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital. After completing his post-doctoral training in molecular immunology in the laboratory of Dr. Frederick Alt at Boston Children's Hospital, Sleckman started his own laboratory in 1998 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at the Washington University School of Me...

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    Basma Abdulhadi, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Abdulhadi is an endocrinologist who provides a wide array of clinical services including diabetes, thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, osteoporosis and obesity medicine. Dr. Abdulhadi sees patients daily at the Kirklin Clinic at UAB and at the Highlands Weight Loss Medicine Clinic. She completed fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She is board certified by the...

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

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    Benjamin Jones, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Benjamin Larimer, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Benjamin Pearce, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Pearce graduated from Duke University with a degree in biology and attended medical school at the University of Texas. He was named to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and was recognized during his clinical medicine rotation as the most outstanding student in his class. He then completed his general surgery residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals where he was awarded the Gold Foundation in Humanism award twice and was a Robert Baker Golden Apple Teaching Award winner. Dr. Pearce ...

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    Benjamin Wei, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Benjamin Wei is currently an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University before continuing onto Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons where he received his medical degree in 2005. Following medical school, he completed an internship and residency in general surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia from 2005-2010 and a cardiothoracic fellowship at Duke University from 2010-2013. He came to th...

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    Betty Darnell, Scholar (C)

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    Bin Ren, Scientist (C)

    The research in the Ren Laboratory seeks to determine critical molecular signaling pathways in the transdifferentiation of vascular endothelial cells, angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels from preexisting blood vessels), and arteriogenesis (de novo formation of small arteries), and to develop molecular strategies for stimulating or inhibiting the growth of these vessels. The current research focuses on how extracellular signaling couples epigenetic and transcriptional regulation of f...

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    Boni Elewski, Senior Scientist (C)

    Boni Elewski, M.D., an international leader in fungal and psoriasis research and dermatological clinical trials, was named the new chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Dermatology in 2016.

    Elewski had been a professor of Dermatology at UAB for the past 17 years. She holds the James E. Elder M.D. Endowed Professorship for Graduate Education.

    Elewski is an international leader in fungal and psoriasis research and dermatological clinical trials. She’s be...

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    Braden McFarland Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    My research interests have always been centered on glioblastoma (GBM) tumors, a particularly devastating brain tumor. My current research interests are centered around discovering new therapies for patients with GBM, which include pharmacological inhibition of the JAK/STAT pathway in patient-derived xenograft models, exploiting inflammatory (anti-tumor) macrophages to enhance standard of care in immunocompetent models, and understanding how the gut microbiome is altered by the diet as well as by...

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    Bradford Woodworth, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Brandi McCleskey, Associate Scientist (C)

    I am an Assistant Professor in the Division of Forensics. My clinical duties are primarily fulfilled as an Associate Coroner/Medical Examiner for Jefferson County. I am also the Pathology Residency Program Director. In addition to resident education, I am active in the education and training of fellows and medical students.

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    Brandi Pernell DNP, CRNP, CPNP-PC, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Brandon Pruett, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Brandon Rocque M.D., Scientist (C)

    Dr. Rocque has a primary focus in pediatric neurosurgery, including care for hydrocephalus, spina bifida, pediatric brain tumors, spasticity, peripheral nerve injuries, and Chiari malformation. In addition, Dr. Rocque practices general adult neurosurgery at the Birmingham VA Medical Center, with a focus on care for spinal disorders.
    Dr. Rocque was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. He attended the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the NCAA top-ten men’s swim team and graduated su...

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    Brant Wagener, Scientist (C)

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    Brendan McGuire, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Brian Casey, Senior Scientist (C)

    Brian Casey is originally from Pennsylvania, and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at Temple University in Philadelphia. He then did his OB/GYN residency training at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey and subsequently completed his Maternal-Fetal Medicine training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

    Dr. Casey spent 23 years on faculty at Parkland Hospital/UT Southwestern before coming to University of Alabama at Birmingham as Division Director of Matern...

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    Brian Kinard, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Briana De Miranda, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Brigitta Brott, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Brott came to UAB in November, 2000 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She then completed her medical degree at Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, IL in 1988 and completed an Internal Medicine residency (1991) at Beth Israel Medical Center – Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Dr. Brott completed both...

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    Brittany Lasseigne, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Brittney Davis, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Brook Hubner, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Brooks Wingo, Scientist (C)

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    Bruce Korf M.D., Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Korf is Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Endowed Chair in Medical Genetics, Associate Dean for Genomic Medicine, UAB School of Medicine, Chief Genomics Officer, UAB Medicine and Co-Director of the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine. He is a medical geneticist, pediatrician, and child neurologist, certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics (clinical genetics, clinical cytogenetics, clinical molecular genetics), American Board of Pediatrics, and American Board of Psychiatry an...

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    Bryan Smelser, Associate Scientist (C)

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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. Ryan Miller, Senior Scientist (C)

    My clinical, translational, and basic research focuses on the most common and malignant primary brain tumors, gliomas. We use cutting-edge mouse models, human models and tissues, and molecular, genetic, neurobiological, genomic, and proteomic approaches to dissect the effect of cellular origin, intracellular signaling networks, and tumor microenvironment on glioma biology.

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    Camerron Crowder, Associate Scientist (C)

    I work in the fields of genetics, endocrinology, molecular, and cellular biology. I was raised in Birmingham, AL and my education and scientific pursuits have taken me all over the United States and abroad.

    My goal in research is to use genetic & molecular approaches to better understand cellular communication, reproductive development and hormonal signaling. I aim to understand how genetic mutations, environmental variables, and chemicals can induce or disrupt cellular signaling ass...

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    Camille Worthington, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Worthington is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. Her research focuses on the role of modifiable prenatal and early postnatal maternal factors (e.g., weight gain, diet, physical activity) on short- and long-term maternal health and on the developmental origins of childhood obesity and cardiometabolic disease. Dr. Worthington is interested in the development and evaluation of novel lifestyle interventions for cardiometabolic health promotion during critical life p...

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    Carlos Arguello, Associate Scientist (C)

    Carlos Arguello MD, FACE is Associate Professor of Medicine in in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the University of Alabama School of Medicine
    He is a clinician-educator who joined UAB in 2005. His main clinical interests are the management of diabetes mellitus, lipid and adrenal disorders, and general endocrinology. In addition to a large and busy clinical practice, he serves as the Medical Director of the Endocrinology Clinic at the Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital...

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    Carlos Estrada, Senior Scientist (C)

    Carlos A. Estrada, MD, MS, is Chief of the Section of General Internal Medicine (GIM) at the Birmingham VAMC and Professor of Medicine, with tenure, and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He is also Associate Provost for Interprofessional Education and Director, Center for Interprofessional Education & Simulation at UAB.

    Estrada is a long-standing member of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), he chaired ...

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    Carlos Orihuela, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Orihuela obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from Baylor University in 1996. He subsequently earned his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where he was a Kempner Scholar. From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Orihuela completed his postdoctoral research training in the Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis TN. He returned to Texas in 2005, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology ...

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    Carmen Capo-Lugo, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Capo-Lugo's research focuses on identifying and optimizing processes of care associated with rehabilitation in order to promote long-term patient recovery. Specifically, Dr. Capo-Lugo is interested in developing patient-centered approaches to rehabilitation that provide continuity of care between acute rehabilitation and long-term community recovery. Currently, she is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University working in the Activity and Mobility Promotion (AMP) program. AMP ...

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    Caroline Presley, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Carrie Howell, Associate Scientist (C)

    I am a social behavioral scientist whose independent research focuses on using population health methodologies to explore how social determinants, particularly neighborhood level determinants, influence cardiometabolic abnormalities and disparities. Utilizing my training in applied epidemiologic methods, data management/analysis, and outcomes research, I am specifically interested in integrating clinical, social determinant and health behavior data to inform the prevention of cardiometabolic dis...

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    Carrie Lenneman, Scientist (C)

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    Casey Weaver M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Chad Hunter, Scientist (C)

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    Chad Petit Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

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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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    Chao He, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. He is a physician-scientist investigating innate immunity in chronic lung diseases. He is a graduate of UAB American Board of Internal Medicine Research Pathway. He finished his internal medicine residency and pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship in 2019. He is an awardee of the Parker B. Francis Foundation Fellowship program which supports his research of new treatment of pulmonary fibrosis.

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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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    Charles Leath M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Charles Peyton, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Cheri Canon, Senior Scientist (C)

    Cheri L. Canon, M.D., F.A.C.R. completed her undergraduate training at the University of Texas at Austin, followed by medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch. After completing her residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, she joined the faculty in the abdominal imaging section.

    Dr. Canon served as the Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Radiology, followed by Associate Residency Program Director and fin...

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    Chinenye Dike, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Christian Faul Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    Dr. Christian Faul received his undergraduate training in cell and molecular biology at the Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg in Germany from 1993-1999. He earned his PhD title at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx in 2005, and he conducted his postdoctoral research training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. In 2008, Dr. Faul became a faculty member in the Department of Medicine and in the Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy at the University of Miam...

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    Christina Muzny, 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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    Christine Blass, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Christine Curcio, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Christopher Fowler, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Christopher Girkin, Senior Scientist (C)

    Christopher A. Girkin, MD, MSPH, FACS is the chairman of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Ophthalmology and Chief Medical Officer for the Callahan Eye Hospital. After residency at UAB he completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and was a Heed Glaucoma Fellow at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center at the University of California, San Diego. He joined the UAB faculty and founded the Department’s Glaucoma Service in 1999. Dr. Girkin has authored ...

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    Christopher Hurt, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Christopher Klug Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Christopher Willey M.D., Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

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    Christy Carter, Scientist (C)

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    Claretha Lyas, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Claudette Poole, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Clifton Kew II, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Clifton Lewis Sr., Scientist (C)

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    Cora Lewis M.D., M.S.P.H., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Courtney Peterson, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Peterson is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of intermittent fasting. Her research focuses on daily intermittent fasting, which is also known as time-restricted eating (TRE). She is the PI of several clinical trials on TRE and serves as a co-investigator or consultant on a handful of other studies on intermittent fasting.. She was the first to test early time-restricted eating (early TRE or eTRE) in humans--a version of TRE that involves eating early in the day to be in ...

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    Craig Elmets M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Elmets major research interests focus on environmental influences on the skin and on the immune system. His research has investigated how ultraviolet light and other environmental agents interact with immunological function of the skin. Initial studies in mice showed that in vivo exposure of murine skin produced a local deficiency in the antigen presenting function of skin, thereby resulting in the preferential generation of antigen specific regulatory T-cells. Studies examining the mechanis...

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    Craig Hoesley, Senior 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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    Craig Maynard Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

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    Craig Powell, Senior Scientist (C)

    Powell earned both his Ph.D. in Neuroscience and M.D. with Honor at Baylor College of Medicine in 1994 and 1997 respectively. His graduate work was among the first to measure lasting biochemical changes during long-lasting synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus. After his medical internship year at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Powell trained at the University of California San Francisco Neurology Residency Program. In his final year, he was selected as Chief Resident at UCSF. From there, he r...

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    Cristina Dieni, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Crystal Chapman Lambert PhD, CRNP, NP-C, FNP-BC, ACRN, Associate 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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    Cynthia Joiner, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Cynthia Owsley, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Dan Berkowitz, Senior Scientist (C)

    1) Vice Chair for Research:
    As Vice Chair for research, I oversee an extensive research portfolio with physician scientists and PhD’s. The current annual NIH funding level is ~$9 million with a total annual funding of ~$18 million, and a total outstanding research funding of ~$60 million. We have advanced this year from 5th to 3rd place in the Blue Ridge NIH rankings for all Academic Anesthesiology Depts. I have been responsible for making critical strategic decisions including scientist...

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    Dana Rizk, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr Dana Rizk is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
    Her clinical and research interests revolve around glomerular diseases and, in particular IgA Nephropathy. She has served as the site principal investigator on many clinical trials and is part of several multi-disciplinary translational research projects focused on the role of biomarkers in IgAN. Her research efforts resulted in more than 45 peer-reviewed publications in pre...

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    Dana Rizk, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr Dana Rizk is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
    Her clinical and research interests revolve around glomerular diseases and, in particular IgA Nephropathy. She has served as the site principal investigator on many clinical trials and is part of several multi-disciplinary translational research projects focused on the role of biomarkers in IgAN. Her research efforts resulted in more than 45 peer-reviewed publications in pre...

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    Daniel Chu M.D., Scientist (C)

    Dr. Daniel Chu joined the UAB Department of Surgery in July 2014 as an assistant professor in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. Born in Michigan and raised in North Carolina, Dr. Chu completed his undergraduate studies at Yale in 2002 and obtained his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2006. He completed his general surgery residency at Boston University Medical Center in 2013, which included a two-year research fellowship. Dr. Chu then completed a fellowship in ...

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    Daniel Feig, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Daniel Killeen, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Daniel Smith Jr., Associate Scientist (C)

    Daniel L. Smith Jr., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at UAB. His research focuses on the interaction of nutrition and metabolism in relationship to aging and disease. Topics include: obesity, calorie restriction, calorie restriction mimetics, brown adipose tissue, ulcerative dermatitis in C57BL/6 mice, and systems biology of aging using budding yeast chronological lifespan.

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    David Askenazi, Associate Scientist (C)

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

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    David Geldmacher, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Geldmacher graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester (New York) with his B.A. in Biology and Psychology. He obtained his M.D (with Certificate in Academic Research) from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse. He undertook his training in Neurology at Case Western Reserve University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at the University of Florida.

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    David Joseph, Senior Scientist (C)

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    David Kimberlin M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    David LaFon, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. LaFon received his initial medical training at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. He went on to complete internship and residency, as well as clinical and research fellowships at the University of Alabama at Birmingham under the mentorship of Drs. Moon Nahm and Mark Dransfield.

    He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine and directs the Multiplexed Opsonophagocytosis Assay (MOP...

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    David Pollock, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Pollock earned his Ph.D. degree in Physiology from the University of Cincinnati in 1983. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then spent two years as a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Circadian Physiology at Harvard University in Boston before taking a position in the Drug Discovery division of Abbott Laboratories in Chicago. In 1995, he accepted a faculty position in Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia (n...

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    David Schwebel, Senior Scientist (C)

    David C. Schwebel has published over 350 peer-reviewed manuscripts, most focusing on understanding and preventing unintentional injury in children, adolescents, and young adults. Specific risk factors of interest include temperament and personality, overestimation of physical ability and cognitive development, and adult supervision of children.

    From a prevention perspective, Dr. Schwebel has developed and implemented injury prevention techniques for a range of situations, including ped...

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    David Standaert, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Standaert was named the John N. Whitaker Professor & Chair of Neurology in 2012. Prior to that, he was appointed the John T. and Juanelle D. Strain Endowed Chair by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama system, which he held for five years. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in medicine and pharmacology in 1988. He completed a one-year internship in medicine at Jewish Hospital of St. Louis in 1989 and a three-year neurology residency i...

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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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    Deborah Ejem PhD, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Denyse Thornley-Brown, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Derek Russell, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Russell received his initial medical training (MD) at the University of Texas Medical Branch with his internal medicine internship and residency completed at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Russell began a clinical and research fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at UAB in 2014. Following his fellowship, he joined the UAB faculty in July 2017. His research and clinical interests relate to the role of neutrophils and extracellular vesicles in pulmonary diseases characterized by neut...

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    Desiree Morgan M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Despina Stavrinos, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Stavrinos is the Director of the Translational Research for Injury Prevention (TRIP) Laboratory. The TRIP Lab offers students at various levels of training (high school, undergraduate, graduate, post-doc) and from various disciplines (e.g., psychology, medicine, public health, engineering, computer science) the opportunity to conduct high quality behavioral research. Since its establishment in 2009, nearly 100 students have been trained under Stavrinos’ mentorship.

    Experiential lear...

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    Do Yeon Cho, Scientist (C)

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    Dongquan Chen M.D., Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Donna Murdaugh, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Murdaugh is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist who is focused on research involving understanding and improving neurocognitive outcomes in pediatric and young adult cancer survivors. Dr. Murdaugh’s interests include: understanding long-term neurocognitive outcomes in cancer survivors utilizing neuropsychological assessment and multimodal neuroimaging, developing a risk prediction model to identify cancer patients at greatest risk for neurocognitive deficits, and developing targeted...

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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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    Dorothy Pekmezi Ph.D., Scholar (C)

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    Drexell Boggs, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Dylan Addis, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Eason Hildreth, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Hildreth obtained his BS in Biology from East Carolina University and his DVM from the North Carolina State University. He then completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Florida and a small animal surgical residency at the Ohio State University. During his residency he completed a concurrent MS degree evaluating the use of PTHrP as an in vitro bone-forming agent.

    After his residency, he stayed at Ohio State to complete a PhD focused on the role of PTHrP in s...

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    Edgar Overton, Senior 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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    Edlue Tabengwa, Scholar (C)

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    Edmund Arthur, Associate Scientist (C)

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

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    Edward Inscho, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Inscho’s research focuses on understanding the regulation of renal microvascular function in healthy kidneys and in hypertension. Dr. Inscho earned his PhD in 1987 at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. He received postdoctoral training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Tulane University School of Medicine and was a member of the Tulane University Department of Physiology faculty from 1989 through 2000. In 2001, he joined the Physiology faculty of the Medical Coll...

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    Edward Taub, Senior Scientist (C)

    Edward Taub is a University Professor in the Department of Psychology and is the director of the CI Therapy Research Group and Taub Training Clinic. He received his PhD in psychology from New York University in 1970 under the supervision of Dr. Edgar E. Coons and later worked with Dr. Neil E. Miller.

    Dr. Taub is a behavioral neuroscientist who developed a family of techniques — Constraint-Induced Movement therapy (or CI therapy) — that have been shown to be effective in improving the re...

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    Edwin Aroke PhD, CRNA, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Aroke is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and a Nurse Scientist whose program of research focuses on racial pain disparities. Dr. Aroke has an interdisciplinary project that aims to identify the role of epigenomic and transcriptomic modifications in racial disparities in chronic low back pain.

    Dr. Aroke is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG), and the U.S. Association for th...

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    Edwin Cook III, Scientist (C)

    The general focus and goal of Dr. Cook's research is the application of psychophysiological methods to improve understanding of psychological and biological factors related to emotion, personality, and mental disorders. Current research uses in the startle response as a tool for exploring changes in emotional and sensory information processing that occur with changes in anxiety and mood. Startle is readily measured from humans in the laboratory, typically as contractions of the muscles surroundi...

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    Ejvis Lamani, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Ekaterina Bakradze, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Elena Frolova Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Elizabeth Barstow, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Elizabeth Brown Ph.D., MPH, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Elizabeth Byrd MSN, RN, CCNS, Associate Scientist (C)

    Elizabeth M. Byrd graduated with her BSN from the UAB SON in May of 2004. She started her clinical practice as a bedside nightshift nurse on the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital. In 2009, she accepted the interim Advanced Nursing Coordinator position on the same unit and spent the next five years orienting new nursing staff, validating skills during competencies, and conducting quality improvement and quality assurance programs, all while working on her MSN. After obta...

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    Elizabeth Jackson, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Elizabeth Worthey, Scientist (C)

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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 Johnston, Associate Scientist (C)

    I am a pediatric oncologist with a clinical focus on solid tumors and research focus on disparities in end-of-life care. I am originally from Iowa, went to Carleton College in Minnesota for undergraduate before heading to Stanford for my medical training (medical school, residency, and fellowship). I joined the UAB faculty July 2018.

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    Emily Levitan, Scholar (C)

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    Emily Spangler, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Spangler joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2016. Her undergraduate education was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She then attended the University of Pittsburgh for medical school and there obtained a MS in clinical research with a focus on Outcomes and Effectiveness Research. She went on to train in vascular surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the integrated vascular surgery residency.

    Dr. Spangler serves as a peer reviewer for Annals of Surg...

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    Emma Perez-Costas, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Perez-Costas has extensive experience as an academic researcher and administrator. Dr. Perez-Costas completed her undergraudate and graduate training at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain; where she conducted, both a Master and PhD Theses within the fields of cell biology and neuroscience. Dr. Perez-Costas then move to the United States to acquired further training in human neuropathology and neural pathways affected by neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. She was rec...

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    Emmy Bell, Scientist (C)

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    Eric Ford, Senior Scientist (C)

    (Ph.D. – UAB; MPH – South Carolina; BS – Cornell School of Hotel Administration) Since 2017, Eric has been a Professor in the School of Public Health with a joint appointment in the Collat School of Business. Prior to that, he served as the Associate Chair and MHA Program Director in the Health Policy and Management Department in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Earlier positions include serving as the Forsyth Medical Center Distinguished Professor of Healthcare...

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    Eric Jack, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Eric P. Jack is the Wells Fargo Endowed Chair in Business Administration, Professor of Management, and Dean of the Collat School of Business at UAB. He has a BS in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech, an MBA from Wright State University and a PhD in operations management from the University of Cincinnati. Before beginning his academic career, Jack served for 21 years as a US Air Force officer where his responsibilities involved facilities planning, design, construction, and maintenance....

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    Eric Ubil, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Eric Wallace, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Wallace is a native of Alabama. He received his BS in Spanish from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He graduated AOA from medical school at UAB. He completed his residency training at UAB as well after which he served as Chief Medical Resident. He then pursued a nephrology fellowship at Vanderbilt University and served as Chief Nephrology fellow. After his fellowship, Dr. Wallace joined the faculty at UAB. Currently, he is the UAB Medical Director of Telehealth, Director of ...

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    Erica Stringer-Reasor M.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    I am dual-trained in both Medical Hematology/Oncology and Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics at the University of Chicago. My specialty training allowed me to develop expertise in clinical trial design, pharmacokinetics (PK)/pharmacodynamics (PD) analysis, drug development, and patient care. In September 2015, I joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an Assistant Professor of Medicine.

    Clinical Interests & Research:

    My...

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    Erik Roberson, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Roberson is a neurologist and neuroscientist whose research is focused on age-related neurodegenerative disorders. He received his A.B. with highest honors from Princeton University, then earned his Ph.D in neuroscience and M.D. with high honors at Baylor College of Medicine where he studied molecular mechanisms of learning and memory. He completed a residency in neurology at the University of California San Francisco, where he also served as Chief Resident in Neurology. After residency, he ...

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    Erin Currie MSN, RN, PhD, RN, CPLC, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Erin E Blanchard , PhD, MSN, RN, CHSE, CMQ, Associate Scientist (C)

    Erin Blanchard, PhD, MSN, RN, CHSE, CMQ is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration. Erin teaches in the Simulation and Healthcare Quality and Safety programs. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi University for Women in 2009 and earned from UAB both a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Systems Administration (2016) and a PhD in Health Education/Health Promotion (2021). She has previous experience in critical care and periop...

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    Erin Eun-Young Ahn, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Erin (Eun-Young) Ahn received her BS and MS from Seoul National University in South Korea, and then her Ph.D. from the Department of Pathology (Molecular & Cellular Pathology Graduate Program) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) under the mentorship of Dr. Jay McDonald. After her graduate study, she moved to San Diego, California and completed her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Dong-Er Zhang at the Scripps Research Institute and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center....

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    Eroboghene Ubogu, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Erwin Van Meir, Senior Scientist (C)

    The Van Meir research team strives to understand the molecular basis for human tumor development and develop new therapeutic agents with the ultimate goal of improving cancer patient treatment.

    To help cancer patients, decoding the molecular puzzle of how tumors develop is imperative. Cells form tumors when oncogenes are activated and tumor suppressors are inactivated, and Dr. Van Meir’s team is seeking ways to block oncogenes and reactivate silenced tumor suppressors to block tumor gro...

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    Fadi Hage, Scientist (C)

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    Fan Yang, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Farah Lubin, Scientist (C)

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    Fernando Ovalle, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Ovalle is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. In addition to maintaining a large and busy clinical practice, he serves as the Director of the Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic, and Director of Diabetes and Glycemic Control Programs at UAB Hospital.

    He is a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (FACE), and an active member of the Ameri...

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    Foluso Ogunsile, Associate Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    Dr. Ogunsile completed her fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. She did her B.S. in Biology with a Minor in African American Studies from Duke University, and then served as a Research Assistant at the National Institute of Health, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. She completed her M.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics from Vanderbilt University Hospital.

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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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    Francisco Gomez, Associate Scientist (C)

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

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    Frank Puga PhD, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Frank Puga is an assistant professor in the Department of Acute, Chronic, and Continuing Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing. He is a Hispanic scientist with a background in psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and aging health disparities. Dr. Puga received his Ph.D. in psychology with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin. His research program focuses on the stress and mental health profiles of older adults liv...

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    Gabriela Oates, Associate Scientist (C)

    I am a social epidemiologist with training in sociological theory and research methods focused on the social determinants of health (SDH), and experience in the application of SDH measures, tools, and data for health disparities, outcomes, and health services research.

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    Gabrielle Rocque M.D., Scientist (C)

    Introduction:
    Dr. Gabrielle Rocque is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Hematology & Oncology and Gerontology, Geriatrics, & Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She completed her undergraduate degree, medical doctorate, Internal Medicine residency, and fellowship in Hematology & Oncology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She also completed a Masters of Science in Public Health from UAB.

    Clinical interests:

    She curre...

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    Gang Liu, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Liu graduated from China Medical University with a D.M.D. degree in 1994 and from Wuhan University with a Ph.D. degree in 1999. He received postdoctoral training in the Medical College of Georgia and the University of Alabama at Birmingham through 2003. Dr. Liu worked as a Research Associate from 2003-2006 in the Department of Cell Biology at University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Departm...

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    Gareth Dutton Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Gaurav Goyal, Associate Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    I joined UAB after completing my fellowship in hematology-oncology at the Mayo Clinic, MN. I am a physician scientist with focus on lymphoma and histiocytic disorders.

    Clinical interests:

    1) Hodgkin lymphoma,
    2) B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, follicular lymphoma, MALT lymphoma, marginal zone lymphoma, Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma etc.),
    3) T-cell lymphoma (peri...

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    Gene Siegal M.D., Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Siegal was born in New York where he attended college. He received his medical degree from the University of Louisville and his PhD from the University of Minnesota. He was a Resident and Research Fellow at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and completed both a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, NIH and a surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to UAB in 1990, he was a tenured faculty member at the University of North Carolina ...

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    George Howard, Senior Scientist (C)

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    George Munchus III, Scholar (C)

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    George Solomon, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Solomon's clinical interest centers on the care of CF and non-CF bronchiectasis patients and the pursuit of continued inpatient medicine care of these patients in the acute care setting.

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    Gerald McGwin, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Gordon Fisher, Senior Scientist (C)

    Scholarship

    My current research is directed towards developing nutritional and behavioral strategies that can reduce the prevalence of metabolic and cardiovascular complications that are associated with type 2 diabetes. I am specifically interested in the mechanistic role through which mitochondrial bioenergetics and redox signaling influence the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes and associated comorbidities.

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    Graciela Alarcon, Senior Scientist (C)

    I joined the Faculty at UAB in 1981 after being a Research Fellow for about 18 months. I am currently Emeritus Professor and although not in Birmingham, I am still involved in mentoring fellows and collaborating with the LFA, LCTC, and GLADEL, as the need arises. During my stay at UAB and prior to that at my alma mater (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Perú), I have been involved in the training of clinical and research fellows. In fact, after my US training (1968-1972), I started t...

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    Graham Towns, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Gregg Gilbert, Scholar (C)

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    Gregory Friedman M.D., Scholar (C)

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    Gregory Kennedy M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Kennedy is certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and by the American Board of Surgery. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Kennedy’s main interest is in laparoscopic approaches to complex colorectal disease. He has experience with all advanced laparoscopic and minimally invasive approaches including single-incision laparoscopy and robotic surgery. His clinical areas of expertis...

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    Gregory Pavela, Scientist (C)

    My research examines the determinants and consequences of body weight and weight-related outcomes. There are two broad lines to my research: (1) examining the effect of early life experiences on the health and obesity of midlife and older adults; and (2) examining the effect of social status on weight-related outcomes, including obesity and dietary behaviors. The objective of my research is to improve causal inferences about the determinants of consequences of body weight and identify factors—s...

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    Gregory Walcott, Scientist (C)

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    Gretchen Wells, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Wells, a native of Birmingham, AL, came to UAB in September 2021 as a Professor of Medicine. She earned both her PhD and medical degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1989 and 1994. Afterwards, Dr. Wells completed both an internal medicine residency (1997) and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases (2000) at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has served in numerous leadership roles including Director of Inpatient Cardiology and Associate De...

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    Guangjie Cheng, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Cheng completed his medical education at Hunan Medical University in 1985. Later, he continued his graduate training at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, and Hunan Medical University, where he later became a faculty member. Dr. Cheng served as vice chairman of the Center for Molecular Biology at Hunan Medical University from 1993 to 1996. He completed additional postdoctoral training at the Kimball Research Institute (New York Blood Center) and Emory Un...

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    Haiyan Qu PhD, BSN, Scientist (C)

    Haiyan Qu, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration in the UAB School of Health Professions. Dr. Qu has taught quantitative research methods in M.S. in Health Administration Program for 12 years, and quantitative methods in M.S. in Health Informatics Program for six years.

    She has been an investigator and methodologist for 29 research projects. Her research interests focus on health disparities. She has published articles in Journal of Genera...

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    HaoSheng Sun, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Harish Doppalapudi, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Harrison Kim Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Harrison Walker, Associate Scientist (C)

    Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is more effective than medications and other conventional therapies for motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and essential tremor. Emerging DBS technologies such as directional and closed loop stimulation have substantial potential to improve a variety of patient outcomes. However these devices are increasingly adaptable and complex, and we lack robust tools to fully realize their therapeutic potential. Dr. Walker's lab investigates how deep brain stimula...

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    Heather A. Bruns, Scientist (C)

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    Heinrich Matthies, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Helen Krontiras M.D., Scientist (C)

    Dr. Krontiras, a breast surgical oncologist, is the Medical Director of the UAB Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic, a clinic in which medical oncologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists work together to see approximately 450 new breast cancer cases each year. She is the Co-Director of the Lynne Cohen Preventive Care Program for Women's Cancers at UAB and the Co-Director of the Breast Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment Clinic. In her role as Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Ambulatory Qual...

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    Hemant Tiwari Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Henry Zelada Castro, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Zelada is an Assistant Professor of Medicine of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. Dr Zelada is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. In addition to maintaining a large and busy clinical practice, his clinical and research work is focused on patients with diabetes, specially patients with type 1 diabetes on insulin pumps and continue glucose monitoring (CGM) systems and patients with atyp...

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    Herbert Chen M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    In October 2015, Dr. Herbert Chen was named as the new Chairman of the Department of Surgery. A native of Wisconsin, Chen received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and began his medical education at the Duke University School of Medicine, graduating in 1992. He completed his surgical residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins in 1999, along with a postdoctoral research fellowship in 1997 and a surgical oncology and endocrinology fellowship in 2000. Dr. Chen came to UAB from t...

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    Herrick Siegel, Scientist (C)

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    Hilary Haines, Scholar (C)

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    Hind Lal, Scientist (C)

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    Holly Richter, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Houman Sotoudeh, Associate Scientist (C)

    Houman Sotoudeh, M.D. earned his medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. He completed his Radiology residency at Tehran University of Medical Science as well. He then completed a Neuroradiology, a Nuclear Radiology and a Pediatric Radiology Fellowship at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in ST Louis.

    Dr. Sotoudeh joined the faculty at ARAK University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran and also served as a Neuroradiologist at Zwanger...

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    Hubert Tse, Senior 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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    Hui Xu Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Huifeng Yun Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    I am an associate professor in the department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). After working as a statistician/epidemiologist, I have accumulated more than 10 years of experience in the study design, analysis, and methodological development using a variety of data system, including electronic medical records, Medicare, Medicaid, SEER, commercial administrative data, and patient surveys. At the same time, I have established strong collaboration with experts on a v...

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    Hussein Basma, Associate 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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    Isabel Virella-Lowell, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Isuzu Meyer, Associate Scientist (C)

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    J. Crawford Downs Jr., Senior Scientist (C)

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    J. Edwin Blalock, Senior Scientist (C)

    J. Edwin Blalock, Ph.D., joined the Department of Medicine as a Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine and became the Scientific Director of the Lung Health Center in 2009. Dr. Blalock is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Florida where he received both a B.S. and Ph.D. degree. He was previously a Professor in the UAB Department of Physiology and Biophysics, having been recruited to UAB in 1986 from the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he...

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    Jake Chen Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Jake Y. Chen is the Chief Bioinformatics Officer at UAB Informatics Institute and a Professor of Genetics, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering. Previously, he was the founding director of Indiana Center for Systems Biology and Personalized Medicine. He has over 25 years of R&D experience in biological data mining and systems biology, with over 180 peer-reviewed publications. He is currently President-elect of the Midsouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society. He is an el...

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    Jakub Godzik, Associate Scientist (C)

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    James Banos, Associate Scientist (C)

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    James Bonner M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    James A. Bonner, M.D., is Senior Advisor to the Director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Merle M. Salter Endowed Chair in Radiation Oncology. A member of the UAB faculty since 1998, Dr. Bonner served as co-leader of the Cancer Center’s Experimental Therapeutics Program from 1998 to 2010.

    Dr. Bonner received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his M.D. from Wayne State University. His research interest focuses on methods of enhancing radiosensitization such a...

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    James Booth, Scientist (C)

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    James Boyce, Scholar (C)

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    James Callaway, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Callaway is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UAB and practices at both the Birmingham VA Medical Center and The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency at UAB, where he served as Chief Medical Resident. He remained at UAB to complete his gastroenterology fellowship and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He serves as the Associate Director of the Gastroenterology Fellows...

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    James Cimino MD, Senior Scientist (C)

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    James Davies Jr, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Davies is the director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Division at UAB. He has an active clinical practice with specific interest in cardiac valvular disease. Along with UAB cardiologists, he started the transcatheter aortic valve program. As part of the program, approximately 400 transcatheter aortic valve replacements have been performed in three years at UAB, and Dr. Davies performs more than 100 open aortic valve replacements annually. Through this volume of procedures, Dr. Davies has a very g...

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    James Hill, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Hill is Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the UAB School of Health Professions. He is one of the world's foremost experts in obesity. For over 40 years he has been conducting research to understand how obesity develops, health consequences of obesity, and strategies to prevent and treat obesity. He has published over 650 peer reviewed papers and multiple reviews and chapters in the area. Dr. Hill has been continuously funded by NIH since 1981 and currently serve...

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    James Kirklin, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. James K. Kirklin is a professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and currently holds the James K. Kirklin Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Kirklin has formerly held the John W. Kirklin Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery, as well as the UAB Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Surgical Research. Dr. Kirklin served as director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery from 2006-2016. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1969, where ...

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    James Markert M.D., M.P.H., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Markert received an A.B. degree cum laude in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University, where he also pursued graduate studies in Applied Mathematics. He then obtained his M.D. degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1988 with a simultaneous award of a Masters in Public Health, also from Columbia University. He performed his general surgery internship, as well as his neurological surgery residency, at the University of Michigan Medical Center under Dr. Julian...

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    James Mobley Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Mobley is considered an expert in proteomics by his peers, and as director of the Mass Spectrometry/Proteomics Shared Facility, continues to focus on clinical and translational proteomics applications, which include statistical analysis of high density 'omics driven data sets, and the use of systems biology applications to uncover biologically relevant pathways. He has nearly 30 years experience in academia and industry, and mass spectrometry has been a intricate part of his work experience ...

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    James Rimmer, Senior Scientist (C)

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    James Wells, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Wells’ research and clinical interest focuses on COPD, including COPD-associated pulmonary vascular disease. He is currently exploring the mechanism by which a tri-peptide extracellular matrix collagen fragment causes pulmonary hypertension in COPD through a translational research project that incorporates his interest in proteomics and imaging. Dr. Wells received his Internal Medicine and Pulmonary / Critical Care post-graduate training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He a...

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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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    Jamie Cannon M.D., Scientist (C)

    Jamie Cannon, M.D., FACS is an associate professor of surgery and directs the robotic surgical education program for the residency program. Dr. Cannon is double board certified in general and colorectal surgery. Dr. Cannon is a leader in minimally invasive approaches to colorectal disease, with an emphasis on robotics, colorectal cancer and sphincter-sparing operations. She is one of the highest volume academic colorectal surgeons in the country. Originally from Arizona, she is a graduate of the...

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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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    Jane Allendorfer, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Janeen Arbuckle, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Arbuckle completed the dual MD/PhD program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she also completed a fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Dr. Arbuckle provides a full scope of Obstetrical and Gynecologic care to girls and women of all ages.

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    Janelle West, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Janet Turan, Senior Scientist and Senior 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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    Janis O'Malley M.D., Scientist (C)

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    Jarred Younger, Scientist (C)

    Jarred Younger completed postdoctoral fellowships at Arizona State University and the Stanford University School of Medicine before taking an Assistant Professor position at Stanford.

    He has recently joined the UAB faculty in Psychology, with secondary appointments in Anesthesiology and Rheumatology. He is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense to study new techniques for diagnosing and treating neuroinflammation.

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    Jarrod Barnes, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Barnes is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Following his training in Glycobiology at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at the University of Georgia, he was recruited to the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, where he combined his basic research experiences with more translational approaches in the Department of Pathobiology within the Lerner Research Institute. During his stint at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Barnes became a R...

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    Jason Nichols, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Jason Nichols is a Professor and Senior Associate Vice President for Research in the UAB Office of Research. He has more than 20 years of experience working at the cross-roads of translational research, entrepreneurial initiatives, and research administration in academic medical settings. As Senior Associate Vice President for Research in the UAB's Office of Research, he helps oversee 26 university-wide institutional research centers (UWIRCs) and the Research Development Office. Dr. Nichols ...

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    Jason Warram, Scientist (C)

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    Jasvinder Singh, Senior Scientist (C)

    Jasvinder Singh, MD, MPH, is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and holds the Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research Endowed Professor of Medicine. He has served as Director of the Rheumatology Research at the Birmingham VA Medical Center since 2009. He is also the Director of the UAB Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group Satellite Center since 2013; and the Director of the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (UAHSF) Gout clinic since 2014. He currents serves on the FDA Arthritis Advisory C...

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    Jay Zhang, Senior Scientist (C)

    Jianyi “Jay” Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.H.A., is an international leader in myocardial bioenergetics, biomaterials, and stem cells for cardiac repair. He is tenured Professor of Medicine and of Engineering; T. Michael and Gillian Goodrich Endowed Chair of Engineering Leadership; and the Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), a joint department of the School of Medicine and School of Engineering, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

    He came to UAB in October 2...

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    Jayleen Grams, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Jayleen Grams joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009. A native of Minnesota, Grams received her undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University and matriculated into the Medical Scientist Training Program at the UAB. Here, she completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology and her M.D. in 2003. She returned to Minnesota to complete a general surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., followed by a fellowship in minimally invasive ...

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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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    Jayne Ness, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Jean-Francois Pittet, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Jeff Chaiprakob, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Jeffery Walker, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Jeffrey Curtis MD, MS, MPH, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Jeffrey R Curtis is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Curtis received a Medical Degree (MD) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, OR. He subsequently completed a residency in internal medicine at Oregon Health & Science University and a fellowship in rheumatology at UAB. He completed a graduate program in Clinical Informatics at Stanfo...

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    Jeffrey Edberg Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    Wegener's granulomatosis, an anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-positive systemic small vessel vasculitide, is characterized by inflammatory lesions with granuloma formation in the upper and lower airways, pauci-immune glomerulonephritis, and anti-proteinase 3 autoantibodies. Although Wegener's granulomatosis is considered idiopathic, there has been substantial interest in environmental factors as either etiologic or accelerating risk factors, with Staphylococcus aureus having attracted...

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    Jeffrey Nix M.D., Scientist (C)

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    Jenni Wise, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Jennie Alspach MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Associate Scientist (C)

    Mrs. Jennie Alspach has a background as a Family Nurse Practitioner and broad work experience at the Senior Health Center, Emergency Department, Medical-Surgical, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury unit. She became interested in education and worked as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor teaching in the undergraduate program before joining the UAB SON as full-time faculty. She is enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.

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    Jennifer Casey, Associate Scientist (C)

    Jennifer Larson-Casey received her doctorate at the University of North Dakota. Her postdoctoral training was completed at the University of Iowa in the Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program and the University of Alabama in the Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division. She is now an Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care in the Department of Medicine. She is a recent awardee of the Parker B. Francis Pulmonary Research Fellowship. Jennifer was awarded the 2022 Reco...

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    Jennifer Croker, Associate Scientist (C)

    I am a trained molecular geneticist, having earned my PhD from Northwestern University and completed postdoctoral training at a small biotech start-up company in Birmingham. In 2004, I joined UAB as a program manager, a position in which I gained administrative responsibility of a large set of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research and training grants. I continue to have direct responsibility for ensuring the regulatory excellence (e.g., IRB, IACUC, OH&S, COI) of programs like these,...

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    Jennifer De Los Santos, Scientist (C)

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    Jennifer DeBerry, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Jennifer Dewolfe, Scientist (C)

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    Jennifer Pollock, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Jeonga Kim, Scholar (C)

    I graduated from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea with B.S and M.S degrees in Nutrition and Biochemistry, respectively. I have broad training and extensive experience in area spanning regulation of gene transcription, signal transduction, cell biology, metabolic and vascular animal physiology, and translational studies with an eye towards therapeutic discovery for human diseases. While in graduate school at Iowa State University and during post-doctoral training at Penn State University, I focuse...

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    Jereme Wilroy, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Jeremey Walker, Associate Scientist and Associate Scientist (C)

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    Jeremy Day, Scientist (C)

    My major research interest is the neurobiological regulation of reward-related memory systems in the brain and the role of these systems in drug addiction. My laboratory approaches this broad topic at diverse levels of analysis that integrate molecular, genetic, and epigenetic tools with techniques that probe the function of single neurons and entire neuronal circuits. My ultimate goal is to understand epigenetic regulation in normal and disease states, and to use tools that manipulate the epige...

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    Jeremy Foote, Associate Scientist (C)

    I performed my undergraduate studies in biochemistry and molecular biology at Pennsylvania State University (B.Sc, 2002). For graduate studies I trained with John Kearney, Ph.D. at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL). My thesis research focused on understanding the development of serologic and B cell memory to the T cell independent, type 2 antigen alpha 1->3-dextran. After obtaining my Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology, I took a 4 year hiatus from research to obtain my d...

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    Jerzy Szaflarski, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Jesse Jones, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Jones received his bachelor degree in philosophy, minoring in neuroscience at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., in 2003. He received his medical degree from Chicago Medical College, graduating first in his class in 2008. Dr. Jones completed his internship in general surgery and research fellowship in radiology at the University of Southern California (USC). He also completed his radiology residency and fellowships in diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology at USC in 2019.

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    Jessica Bentley, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Jessica Grayson, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Grayson will be joining us after the completion of her fellowship in Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Surgery in Sydney, Australia. She also completed her residency with our department and is skilled in the treatment of complex inflammatory and neoplastic disorders of the nose, sinuses and anterior skull base. Dr. Grayson is currently accepting new patients and her clinic opens mid-August 2019.

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    Jessica Scoffield, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Jessica Zarzour, Scientist (C)

    Jessica G. Zarzour, M.D. completed her undergraduate training at Auburn University, followed by medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at UAB and served as chief resident during her senior year. Following an abdominal imaging fellowship at UAB, she joined faculty in the abdominal imaging section at UAB.

    Clinically, Dr. Zarzour practices a full spectrum abdominal imaging including fluoroscopy, CT, MR and US. Re...

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    Jessy Deshane Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    Jessy Deshane received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from University of Alabama at Birmingham under the mentorship of Dr. Anupam Agarwal. After completing her post-doctoral training in Immunology with Dr. David Chaplin, in Department of Microbiology, she joined the faculty of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine in 2011 as an Assistant Professor.

    Dr. Deshane is committed to an academic career combining basic and tr...

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    Jianguo Gu, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Jianhua Zhang Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    The Zhang Lab is seeking a postdoctoral scholar and a graduate student or a MSTP student. We are a very collegial and diverse group working on exciting new research integration of autophagy, metabolism and redox signaling in the nervous system in the context of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases at the Department of Pathology in University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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    Interested, passionate, and dedicated to design and perform interesting and important research<...

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    Jianmei Leavenworth Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Leavenworth joined UAB Neurosurgery as an Assistant Professor on Oct. 1, 2016. Previously, Dr. Leavenworth was at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University. Dr. Leavenworth completed medical school at Nantong University (NTU) School of Medicine, Nantong, Jiangsu, China. She then finished her PhD training in molecular biology, microbiology and biochemistry with a focus on immunology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She was at Harvard Medical School since 2009 ...

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    Jie Gao, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Jie Gao is an Assistant Professor and Medical Laboratory Scientist at the UAB Clinical laboratory Science Program. Dr. Gao is dedicated to biomedical laboratory science and lifelong learning. As an educator, she aims to promote active learning and motivate students to translate knowledge into clinical practices and to learn more about the profession beyond the classroom. In the CLS program, she is teaching clinical chemistry, instrumentation and automation, molecular diagnostics, non-thesis ...

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    Jiri Mestecky M.D., Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Jiri Mestecky (b. 1941), Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Medicine, graduated from the School of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1964. Postdoctoral studies were then performed at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague in the Department of Immunology headed by Professor J. Sterzl, and at UAB with Professor F.W. Kraus. A sabbatical was spent in 1976 at Rockefeller University, New York, in the laboratory of Professor H.G. Kunkel. Dr. Mestecky has serve...

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    Joao De Andrade, Scholar (C)

    Dr. de Andrade completed his medical degree in 1990 at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine at Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre (UFRGS) where he also served as Chief Medical Resident. He came to the United States in 1994 and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and subsequently a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Un...

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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 Chatham D.Phil., Senior Scientist (C)

    John Chatham received his D.Phil. in 1987 from John Chatham received his D.Phil. in 1987 from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford in the UK. He completed his post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1989. He is currently Professor of Pathology in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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    John Fiveash M.D., Scientist (C)

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    John Hartman IV M.D., Scholar (C)

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

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    John Knight, Scientist (C)

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    John Lowman Jr., Scholar (C)

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    John Morgan, Associate Scientist (C)

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    John Osborne, Associate Scientist (C)

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    John Rinker II, Associate Scientist (C)

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    John Shacka, Scholar (C)

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    Jon Sharer, Scholar (C)

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    Jonathan Quade, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Jordan Newman, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Jori May, Associate Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    Jori May, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. She is a benign hematologist that focuses on the care of patients with thrombosis and coagulation disorders. Additionally, she has an interest in systems-based hematology, a field that works to improve hematologic care delivery across health systems.

    Dr. May earned her M.D. from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis 2013. She completed her residency, chief re...

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    Jose Fernandez Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    Dr. José R. Fernández is a Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. Dr. Fernández obtained his Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health from Pennsylvania State University, training in genetics of complex traits under the advisory of Dr. Gerald McClearn and working with the three most commonly used models for genetic research: fruit flies, mice, and humans. He continued his academic training at the New York Obesity Research Center at Columbia University as a post-docto...

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    Jose Tallaj, Scientist (C)

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    Joseph Barney, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Joseph Barney is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. With the exception of his time at Mercer University School of Medicine, Dr. Barney's entire medical career has been centered around UAB, from his internship in 2000 to his current practice. Dr. Barney has served as critical care transport physician, a volunteer staff physicians in local clinics, and has contributed greatly to the study and treatment of sarcoidosis.

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    Joseph Chewning III M.D., Scientist (C)

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    Joseph Crivelli, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Joseph Wolfe, Scientist (C)

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    Josh Stern, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Juan J. Calix, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Juan Jose Calix obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from Loyola University New Orleans in 2005. After working a year in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, he earned his MD and PhD in Microbiology from the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) between 2006-2014. He performed his doctoral thesis work in the laboratory of Moon Nahm, MD with the support of a NIAID F31 Fellowship. He subsequently joined the Physician Scientist Training Program at W...

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    Julie Kanter, Scientist (C)

    Julie Kanter, MD is the director of the UAB Adult Sickle Cell Clinic and associate professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. Her clinical and research interests in sickle cell disease include improving access to care for affected individuals, and identifying and developing novel therapies for sickle cell disease, as well as enhancing horizontal care for patients with sickle cell disease. Kanter comes to UAB from the Medical University of South Carolina, where she was director of sick...

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    Julie Quinet, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Julienne Carstens, Associate Scientist (C)

    Julienne L. Carstens, Ph.D., (Julie) is an investigator whose research is focused on understanding tumor biology with the goal of developing translational targets for pancreatic cancer. Her publications in top-tier journals highlight her work related to the fibrotic and immune tumor microenvironment and metastatic progression of cancer.

    Dr. Carstens earned her PhD from Baylor College of Medicine in the laboratory of David Spencer, PhD in the Department of Pathology and Immunology, whe...

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    Junghee Lee, Scientist (C)

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    Karen Cropsey Psy.D., Senior 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 Gamble, Scholar (C)

    The overall goal of my research program is to investigate environmental modulation of circadian clock function in mammalian systems and the contribution of clock disruption to pathological disease. One of the most exciting discoveries that has emerged in recent years is that the circadian molecular clock regulates excitability in neurons that are spontaneously active in the absence of synaptic input. Although the intrinsic 24-h rhythm in membrane properties of neurons of the suprachiasmatic nucl...

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    Karen Heaton PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAAOHN, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Karen Heaton’s program of research is primarily focused on the effects of sleep deprivation and obstructive sleep apnea on cognition and injury risk in workers. For example, she has been involved in projects that explored the impact of distraction and health issues on driving and driving performance issues among aging truck drivers, and self-assessment of driving performance compared to real-time simulated driving performance among truck drivers.

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    Karin Hardiman, Scientist (C)

    Karin Hardiman, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the UAB Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. She was recruited from the University of Michigan in 2019 where she was in academic practice for eight years. Dr. Hardiman practices at the Birmingham VA and University Hospital. Her clinical interests are in colorectal cancer, anal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and anorectal disease. She utilizes minimally invasive surgery where possible.

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    Karina Yoon Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Katherine Meese, Associate Scientist (C)

    Katherine A. Meese, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also serves as the Director of Wellness Research in the UAB Medicine Office of Wellness. She earned her Ph.D in Health Services Administration with a specialization in health care strategic management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019. Dr. Meese has several years of industry experience which encompassed work in ten countries on...

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    Kathryn Kaiser, Associate Scientist (C)

    I earned B.S. degrees in Microbiology from Texas A & M University and Medical Technology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas and worked for 15 years in laboratory medicine and data management. I received my Ph.D. in Health Psychology from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth in 2009. I joined the Section on Statistical Genetics at UAB in June of 2009 as a post-doctoral scholar and was a T32 Trainee in Vascular Biology and Hypertension. I am n...

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    Kathryn Zamora, Associate Scientist (C)

    Kathryn Watts Zamora, MD received her MD and MPH (Masters in Public Health) from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Zamora completed an internship in Internal Medicine and residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans. Following residency, Dr. Zamora pursued additional training with an accredited fellowship in Pediatric Imaging at Miami Children’s Hospital and a second fellowship in Women’s Imaging at Louisiana State University in Ne...

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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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    Katie Alexander, Associate Scientist (C)

    immunobiology of microbiota-epithelial interactions and the epigenetics of mucosal cancers

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    Kaylee Crockett, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Keith McGregor, Scientist (C)

    Keith McGregor is an Associate Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. His work currently investigates aging-related declines in motor control and its implications to stroke rehabilitation. His current projects employ multimodal imaging and neurophysiological techniques (TMS, rTMS, tDCS, fMRI and DTI) to investigate brain function. Dr. McGregor's work has shown that aging is associated with decreased levels of cortical inhibition, which affects m...

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    Keith Wille, Senior Scientist (C)

    Medical Director, Advanced Lung Diseases
    Medical Director, Adult ECMO

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    Kellie Flood, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Kelly Berg, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Kelly Godby M.D., Scientist (C)

    Clinical Interests:

    My future and ongoing goals include opening and expanding clinical trials for the relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma patient population and to continue to serve the growing multiple myeloma patient population.


    Research:

    My major research interest is in multiple myeloma. I, along with my multiple myeloma colleagues, established an interdisciplinary myeloma clinic in March 2013, which is the first clinic of its kind in Alabama dedicated solely ...

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    Kelly Hyndman, Associate Scientist (C)

    We are a team of kidney scientists of diverse backgrounds that love all things science. Currently the lab is interested in determining the functional significance of the post-translational modification of lysine acetylation. Much like serine, threonine, or tyrosine phosphorylation, lysine acetylation is a dynamic modification that may be critically important for regulation protein functions in our cells. Our focus is on understanding the physiological consequences of lysine acetylation in the ki...

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    Kenkichi Nozaki, Scientist (C)

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    Kenneth Saag, Senior Scientist (C)

    Kenneth G. Saag, M.D., M.Sc. is Professor of Medicine and holds the Jane Knight Lowe Endowed Chair in the Division and the Department of Medicine. He became Division Director of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology in July of 2020. His research focuses on comparative effectiveness and safety of therapeutics as well methods to improve quality of care in gout and osteoporosis. He is Vice Chair of Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and is also the Director of the UAB Comprehensive Arthritis, Mu...

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    Kent Willis, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Willis is a K08 supported physician scientist in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology. The Willis Lung Lab explores the role of commensal fungi and the gut-lung axis in early life.

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    Keshav Singh Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Kevin Fontaine Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    I am a Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Behavior in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the Antoine Lavoisier Endowed Professor of Energetics and Healthy Lifestyles. I have also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Clinical and Molecular Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health...

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    Khurram Bashir, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Bashir graduated from the University of the Punjab with a B.Sc. in Anatomy and Physiology, and received his MD from the King Edward Medical College in Pakistan. He received his MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. After completing his internship and post-graduate residency training in combined Internal Medicine and Neurology at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois, Dr. Bashir joined the Department of Neurology at the ...

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    Kierstin Kennedy, Scientist and Scientist (C)

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    Kimberly Keene M.D., Scholar (C)

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    Kimberly Smith, Associate Scientist (C)

    Specialties: Smith specializes in health promotion and wellness utilizing advanced data analysis and statistics, research methodology and design, programmatic evaluation, and assessment. She leads several teams through the design and execution of research agendas, capacity assessments, annual evaluation plans, methodological design and consultations, and other products and services to systematize and advance objectives through evidence-based practices. Smith values being solution-oriented, alway...

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    Kimberly Wood, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Kimo Bachiashvili, Associate Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    Dr. Kimo Bachiashvili graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University in 2007. He then moved to the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York as a Research Assistant in Dr. Timothy Damron’s laboratory. There he studied the role of hedgehog pathway inhibition in human alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. He then started Medicine residency in Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut which he graduated in 2015. During residency, he focused on the CREB pathway as a ...

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    Kirby Bland M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Kirby I Bland, M.D. is a Professor of Surgical Oncology and Chair Emeritus of UAB's Department of Surgery and provides leadership to the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Bland is internationally renowned for his contributions to surgical oncology and for his distinguished career as a general surgeon, researcher and editor.

    Dr. Bland's research influence is far reaching. He has been a Principal Investigator/Program Leader of the Cancer Center's National Institute of Health's SPORE (Speci...

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    Kirk Russ, Associate Scientist (C)

    Clinical Educator in Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology with a focus in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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    Kirk Withrow, Scientist (C)

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    Kristen Riley, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Riley grew up in Huntsville, AL, attended undergraduate at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and medical school at University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed Neurosurgery Residency at UAB and a fellowship in Epilepsy Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, England.
    Dr. Riley joined the Neurosurgery faculty in 2004.
    Dr. Riley specializes in non-vascular, cranial neurosurgery including general cranial neurosurgery and:
    Endoscopic Pituitary Tumor a...

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    Kristina Visscher, Scholar (C)

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    Kristina Zierold, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Zierold is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. She received a BS in Chemical Engineering (1994) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MS in Chemical Engineering (1996) from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Zierold earned her PhD in Public Health (specializing in Environmental/Occupational Health Sciences and Epidemiology) form the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001. After finishing her PhD, Dr. Zierold was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) ...

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    Kristy Broman, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Kristy Broman is an Assistant Professor in the UAB Division of Surgical Oncology and Member of the UAB Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship. In addition to her clinical emphasis on skin and soft tissue oncology, she conducts health services and outcomes research, emphasizing implementation strategies for delivery of high-quality care across the cancer care continuum. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, where she earned her Medical ...

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    Kyle Wood, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Wood joined UAB Urology in July 2016. He completed his undergraduate degree at Brown University, graduating with honors. He then attended medical school at University of Massachusetts, and completed his residency at Wake Forest University. Dr. Wood is fellowship trained in endourology with a primary focus on kidney stone disease.

    His surgical expertise is in complex kidney stone disease and surgeries. He is a trained open, endoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic surgeon. Dr. Wood and n...

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    Kyounga Cheon, Scientist (C)

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    Lakshminarayanan Nandagopal, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Lalita Samant, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Lalita Shevde-Samant is Professor in the Department of Pathology and and the Associate Director of Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination (CRTEC) at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer at UAB.

    Following a Ph.D. in Cancer Immunology at the Cancer Research Institute, University of Bombay (India), Dr. Shevde-Samant completed her postdoctoral training in the area of cancer metastasis at the Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University. She was on the faculty at the University ...

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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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    Laura Hughes, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Hughes is a Professor of Medicine in the UAB Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology with a research interest in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and imaging. Her early research and focused on genetics and pharmacogenetics in rheumatoid arthritis, especially in African-Americans. As her clinical activities changed, including in 2010 when she became the Fellowship Program Director and started the UAB Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSKUS) Service, her research focus c...

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    Laura Rogers M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.S.M., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Laura Rogers is a Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is a Senior Scientist in the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), Center for Exercise Medicine, and O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center's Cancer Control and Population Science (CCPS) Research Program. She is also the co-program leader for the CCPS Research Program and Associate Director for the Division of Preventive Medicine. She completed ...

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    Laura Vogtle, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Lauren Graham, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Graham is interested in Medical Dermatology. She has a specific interest in autoimmune blistering diseases and rheumatological skin diseases like cutaneous lupus, morphea, psoriasis, and dermatomyositis.

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    Lauren Shea, Associate Scientist (C)

    Introduction & Clinical Interests:

    I am a clinician and clinical investigator with particular interest in lymphoma, including both B-cell and T-cell lymphomas. My priority is to deliver the best possible care to patients and increase access to clinical trials and state of the art therapies.

    Research:

    In my research pursuits, I hope to help develop novel immune-based therapies for lymphoma that harness the immune system to achieve durable remissions with decreased toxic...

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    Lauren Walter, Scientist (C)

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    Laurie Harrington Ph.D., Senior 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 Tyson, Scholar (C)

    Scholarship

    I have recently published in ASCA's School Counselor and have submitted a proposal to the American Counseling Association for published a third edited book entitled, "Critical Incidents in School Counseling."

    Service

    I am involved in the CEP's Study Away program, "A Counselor's View of Italy," and am involved in international activities; I just rotated off the Chi Sigma Iota national board as its treasurer; I just completed my rotation (2010 - 13) as Edito...

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    Lawrence Ver Hoef, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Ver Hoef completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech and attended medical school at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed neurology residency and epilepsy fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he then became a faculty member at the UAB Epilepsy Center. He is board certified in Neurology (ABPN), Neuroimaging (UCNS), and Epilepsy (ABPN). He has a secondary appointment in Biomedical Engineering. He collaborates with ...

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    Lei Liu, Scientist (C)

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    Lei Ye, Scientist (C)

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    Leon Dure, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Leona Council, Scholar (C)

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    Lesley Jackson, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Leslie Rhodes, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Lewis Zhichang Shi, Scientist (C)

    Lewis Shi received his MD in preventive medicine, MS in toxicology, and PhD in neurotoxicology. Upon graduation, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar at University of Wisconsin-Madison where he identified a novel role of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) signaling in innate immune response against Listeria monocytogenes infection. He then joined St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where he was among the first to show that the HIF-1a-glycolysis pathway functions as a metabolic checkpoint in re...

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    Li Li, Scientist (C)

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    Li Xiao, Associate 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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    Linda Wadiche, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Lisa Schwiebert Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    Lisa M. Schwiebert received a BS degree in Chemistry from Bates College in 1986 and a PhD in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College in 1993. After completing her postdoctoral training in Clinical Immunology at Johns Hopkins University, she was appointed as an instructor in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Schwiebert joined the faculty of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UAB in 1997 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure...

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    Lisa Zubkoff, Scientist (C)

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    Lisle Nabell M.D., Scientist (C)

    Introduction:
    Graduate of Duke University undergraduate and Chapel Hill Medical School. Completed internship/residency at UAB followed by fellowship at UAB. Currently Professor of Medicine with a focused interest in education, clinical investigation in head and neck cancer and breast cancer, and quality metrics for patient care.

    Clinical Interests:

    Clinical investigation in head and neck cancer and breast cancer, and quality metrics for patient care.

    Research:

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    Liyun Cao, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Lizhong Wang M.D., Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Lonnie Hannon III, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Lonnie Hannon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the UAB School of Public Health. Dr.Hannon is an experienced researcher and educator. His interests include the cultural, political, and economic factors that shape society. His specific area of study examines the effects of legacy-based housing policy on neighborhood development and community empowerment. He has received over one million dollars in grant funding to stimulate community engagement. His recent peer...

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    Lori Bateman, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Louis Justement Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Louis Nabors M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Nabors, originally from Columbus, Mississippi, obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1985. He then obtained his Medical Doctorate from the University of Tennessee in 1991. Dr. Nabors was active in the United States Navy as a Flight Surgeon from 1992-95. Afterwards, he completed a Neuro-oncology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000 and is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
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    Luciano Costa M.D., Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    Strategies for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in chronic lymphoproliferative disorders. Toxicity of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Population outcomes of hematologic malignancies.

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    Luz Padilla, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Luz A Padilla received her MD from the Universidad de Guadalajara and obtained an MSPH in Applied Epidemiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As faculty for the Department of Epidemiology she has served as course master for both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Dr. Padilla serves on the UAB Institutional Review Board (IRB) and other committees across campus. Currently she is the Director of Surgical Research for the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama, co...

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    Lynn Dobrunz, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Lyse Norian Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    Professional Summary: Dr. Norian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is also jointly affiliated with the UAB O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center. Prior to joining UAB in 2015, Dr. Norian performed her graduate work at The University of Iowa in the laboratory of Dr. Gary Koretzky, where she studied T cell signal transduction. She then performed her post-doctoral traini...

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    Magdalena Szaflarski, Scientist (C)

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    Manoj Mahapatra, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Manoj Tanwar, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Marc Passman, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Marc A. Passman is a professor of surgery and currently serves as the vice chair for clinical research and the director of the UAB Vein Program and UAB Vein Center. Dr. Passman is a board-certified specialist in vascular surgery, practicing the full scope of vascular and endovascular surgery.

    A native of Hartford, Conn., Dr. Passman received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1987 and medical degree at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt. in 19...

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    Marguerite Irvin, Scientist (C)

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    Maria Acosta Lara, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Acosta Lara received her initial medical training at Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas with her internship and residency completed at University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Acosta Lara served as Chief Resident at the University of Texas Medical Branch after completing her residency training. Dr. Acosta Lara began a clinical and research fellowship at UAB in 2013. Following her fellowship, she joined the UAB faculty in July 2016 as Assistant Professor

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    Maria Geisinger, Scholar (C)

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    Maria I. Danila MD, MSc, MSPH, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Danila is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Danila is an implementation scientist and outcome researcher, passionate about improving the quality, effectiveness and processes/delivery of medical care for patients. Her research program focuses on: i) the design and evaluation of culturally-adapted and literacy-appropriate health care interventions that improve outcomes for patients with chr...

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

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    Marie Bakitas DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, FPCN, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Marie Bakitas is internationally recognized in pain and palliative care science. Focused on reducing suffering and enhancing quality of life for persons with advanced illness and family caregivers--especially in rural areas--her early tele-health palliative care model ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), has led to practice and policy changes. She is disseminating ENABLE for cancer and heart failure patients in the Deep South and Veteran populations. Her research, mentorship ...

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    Marie-Carmelle Elie, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Mariko Nakano, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Marina Gorbatyuk, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Marissa Dean, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Marissa Natelson Love, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Mark Beasley, Scientist (C)

    I have published over 40 articles in the area of statistical methodology. I have served as a standing member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Experimental Gerontology Laboratory of the National Institutes on Aging. As a statistician I have many collaborations with researchers in the fields of obesity, caloric restriction, aging, experimental gerontology, radiology, and many other fields in the biological sciences. I have co-authored over 50 applied research articles in a variety of di...

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    Mark Bevensee, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Mark Bolding Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Mark Dransfield, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Dransfield is Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care. He completed his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997, followed by residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he served as Chief Fellow. He has been on the faculty at UAB since 2003. Dr. Dransfield is also the Ben Branscomb Endowed Chair in Pul...

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    Mark Harrigan, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Mark R. Harrigan grew up in Minnesota and received a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota. He received an M.D. degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, in 1995. During medical school, he was the recipient of the American Federation for Clinical Research E.E. Osgood Award, the Roche Laboratories Award in Basic Science, and the American Medical Association Award for Outstanding Clinical Research.

    Dr. Harrigan then did his general surgery in...

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    Mark Law, Scientist (C)

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    Mark Lockhart M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Marshall Holland, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Martha Wingate, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Martha S. Wingate (DrPH, MPH, UAB; BS, Birmingham-Southern College) is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Organization She teaches courses in public health systems, maternal and child health, leadership, and perinatal health issues. She has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, and American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is co-author of a textbook on perinatal epidemiology. Her work...

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    Marti Rice PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Marti Rice is very active in leadership positions in nursing research organizations at the national (Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science) and regional (Southern Nursing Research Society) level. She is known for her community-based research examining factors related to blood pressure in preschool and school-age children including stress and anger. Her biobehavioral research program with children spans over a quarter of a century and has been funded by the National Institute of Nurs...

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    Martin Rodriguez, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Mary Sewell-Loftin, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Mary-Ann Bjornsti Ph.D., Scholar (C)

    Mary-Ann Bjornsti, Ph.D., is Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UAB, and holds the Newman H. Waters Chair of Clinical Pharmacology. She also serves as co-Leader of the Cancer Cell Biology Program and Associate Director for Translational Research in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Genetics, followed by a Fogarty Fellowship at the Biozentrum in Basel Switzerland, and post-doctoral training at Harvard University ...

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    Masakazu Kamata, Scientist (C)

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    Matthew Alexander, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Alexander earned his PhD in Genetics and Developmental Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Garry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His graduate training focused on the characterization of forkhead transcription factors in skeletal muscle and cardiac progenitor cells. He moved to Boston in 2008 to join the laboratory of Dr. Louis Kunkel as a postdoctoral fellow where he focused on characterizing the role of non-coding RNAs in skeletal muscle diseases. He wa...

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    Matthew Goldberg, Scientist (C)

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    Matthew Gribble, Scientist (C)

    I am an environmental epidemiologist who does interdisciplinary team science. In general, I see the research process as a conversation wherein we use transparent methods to try to learn enough about the real world to identify emerging challenges and inform decisions that can benefit society. I am very interested in climate change and health equity.

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    Matthew Kutny M.D., Scientist (C)

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    Matthew Macaluso, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Matthew Might, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Matthew Mullen, Associate Scientist (C)

    Matthew Mullen, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology. He is a clinician-educator and works in outpatient clinics as well as inpatient services at University Hospital. He has clinical interests in spondyloarthritis and crystalline arthritis.

    Dr. Mullen earned his M.D. from University of South Florida in 2011. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 2014 at UAB Hospital and subsequently trained as a Rheumatology fellow ...

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    Matthew Nelson, Associate Scientist (C)

    My lab takes advantage of opportunities to perform in-vivo intracranial recordings and causal experiments in human patient volunteers to study a key component of what makes us uniquely human- language. Before focusing on human intracranial work, my background is cognitive and systems neuroscience using single unit and local field potential recordings in awake behaving macaques. I have also made contributions to the neurophysiology the technique and theory of extracellular recordings.

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    Matthew Stoll, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Stoll is a pediatric rheumatologist who earned his MD and PhD at Upstate Medical University (Syracuse, NY) in 2001, followed by completion of residency in pediatrics at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 2004 and fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at the Childrens Hospital Boston in 2007. At the completion of his fellowship, he took a staff position at the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas, TX), where he earned an MSCS degree. In 2011, he moved to the Univers...

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    Max Michael III, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Maya Khalil, Associate Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    Maya Khalil, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology & Oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her Hematology-Oncology training at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she developed expertise in clinical trial design, drug development, and patient care.

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    Her research was focused on the tumor immune microenvironment in mutation driven non-small cell lung cancer. Her focus cont...

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    Mayur Narkhede, Associate Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    Dr. Mayur Narkhede is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation from 2013 to 2016 and a Hematology and Medical Oncology fellowship from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He was the chief fellow from 2018 to 2019. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology. Dr. Narkhede specialized in the treatment of Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgk...

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    Meagan Gray, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Melanie Morris M.D., Scientist (C)

    Dr. Melanie Morris joined the faculty as an associate professor of surgery in 2010. In 2016, she was named the chief of general surgery for the Birmingham VA hospital. A native of Tennessee, she completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University and her medical degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She completed her surgical residency in general surgery at Oregon Health and Science University and a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the University of Texas Hea...

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    Melissa Chambers, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Chambers earned her Bachelor's and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Auburn University and her M.D. degree from UAB. She completed the Halsted Surgical Internship at Johns Hopkins University and Neurosurgical Residency at Vanderbilt University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Neurosurgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

    Clinical interests include all areas of neurological surgery involving brain, spine and periph...

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    Merry-Lynn McDonald, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. McDonald is the Director of Integrative 'Omics and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. She is a genetic epidemiologist with interests in the analysis of complex traits and diseases including COPD, cachexia, sarcopenia, osteoarthritis and smoking behaviors such as menthol. Her lab is involved with some of the most cutting-edge studies including the Million Veterans Program (MVP) and the Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (T...

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    Michael Allon, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Allon is Professor of Medicine at University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he serves as the Associate Director for Clinical Affairs and the Medical Director of Dialysis Operations in the Division of Nephrology. He has a longstanding clinical research interest in dialysis, and in particular in vascular access for hemodialysis. He was the P.I. for several clinical dialysis trials sponsored by NIH, including HEMO, DAC, and HFM. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts on various a...

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    Michael Froelich, Scientist (C)

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    Michael Gray, Associate Scientist (C)

    I have been an assistant professor in Microbiology at UAB since January of 2016. My interests are focused on the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria sense and respond to changes in their environments. My lab is currently exploring how bacteria regulate inorganic polyphosphate synthesis in response to starvation and how pro-inflammatory enterobacteria use the RclA, RclB, and RclC proteins to resist antimicrobial oxidants used by the innate immune system to kill bacteria during inflammation.

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    Michael Johnson, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Michael Kurz, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Michael Kurz is a Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and holds joint appointments with the Department of Surgery and the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science. In addition, Dr. Kurz is the Director of the UAB Post-Cardiac Arrest Service providing comprehensive post-resuscitation care for cardiac arrest victims throughout Alabama.


    Dr. Kurz attended the University of Virginia Schoo...

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    Michael Lopez, Associate Scientist (C)

    I am a pediatric neuromuscular physician-scientist. I earned my medical degree from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and completed child neurology residency at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. Afterwards, I did one year of clinical fellowship in neuromuscular medicine (pediatric track) at Stanford University. Additionally, I received my Ph.D. in Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics from Baylor College of Medicine in Hou...

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    Michael Lyerly, 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 Seifert, Scientist (C)

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    Michal Mrug, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Mrug is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he trains the next generation of physicians and scientists. Dr. Mrug is recognized as one of “Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. He co-founded and directs the UAB Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Clinic and oversees clinical PKD research activities at UAB (since 2009). This includes the CRISP study, an NIH-funded collaborative effort between Emory University, Universi...

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    Michele Kong, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Michele Kong obtained her medical degree from the University of Calgary, Canada. She completed her pediatric critical care training at UAB. She is currently a translational physician scientist with a clinical practice in a tertiary 24-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children's of Alabama. Her research is focused on understanding the role of protease dysregulation in the pathogenesis of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) lung disease and acute lung injury in children. With the COVID-19 pa...

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    Michelle Robbin M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Michelle L. Robbin, MD, MS, FACR, FAIUM, FSRU completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. She attended medical school at the Mayo Clinic, followed by an adult internal medicine internship at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Robbin completed a radiology residency and ultrasound fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. Thereafter, she joined the faculty in the ...

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    Mieke Thomeer McBride, Scientist (C)

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    Min Gao, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Min Xie, Associate Scientist (C)

    While pursuing basic medical research training, he realized how strong his desire was to couple clinical practice with fundamental and translational research. It is for that reason that he matched at UT Southwestern for clinical training and was pleased that his performance there led to being accepted into the prestigious cardiology fellowship at UT Southwestern started in July 2010. During his three years of research, he worked on the cardioprotective effects of histone deacetylase inhibitor (H...

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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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    Mitchell Cohen M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Mitchell Cohen, MD, a national leader in pediatric medicine and an internationally renowned specialist in children’s digestive disorders, is chair of the UAB Department of Pediatrics in the University of Alabama School of Medicine and physician-in-chief of Children’s of Alabama.

    Cohen is a former professor of pediatrics, vice-chair for clinical affairs, and director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

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    Mohamed Ismail, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Ismail is a clinician-researcher who focuses on delivering comprehensive and optimal care for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. He completed his training in one of the largest inflammatory bowel disease centers in the United States (The Meyerhoff Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at The Johns Hopkins University). He is comfortable in treating complex and medically refractory patients with inflammatory bowel disease. He is experienced in managing biologics and emerging therapies. Dr. ...

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    Mohamed J. Ruzmyn Vilcassim, Associate Scientist (C)

    Ruzmyn Vilcassim (PhD, MS) is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He is also a JPB Environmental Health Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from New York University in Environmental Health Sciences (Exposure Assessment and Health Effects) and his current research focuses on the health impacts associated with exposure to air pollution and tobacco products, particularly on the harms of using electronic...

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    Mohamed Khass, Associate Scientist (C)

    I am an Assistant Professor in the UAB Department of Medicine’s Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, and have held that rank since 2018. I obtained my Master’s in Biochemistry in Eqypt where I focused on identifying polymorphisms in the methylenetetahydropholate reductase gene (MTHFR) in mothers of children with Down’s syndrome. I was recruited to UAB where I joined the laboratory of Dr. Harry W. Schroeder, Jr. While in his laboratory, first as a PhD student and then as a postdo...

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    Mohammad Hashmi, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Mohanraj Thirumalai, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr.Thirumalai is an Assistant Professor teaching in the MS in Health Informatics program at UAB. He serves as a Co-Director of UAB's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities (funded by NIDILRR/ACL/HHS). He is the Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative and leads and directs the various ICT initiatives for several centers/projects including th...

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    Mollie Deshazo M.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. deShazo sees patients with a variety of solid tumors and is especially interested in lung and genitourinary malignancies. She has taught medical students Introduction to Clinical Medicine for more than 5 years and was recently selected as one of ten faculty designated as Core Clinical Faculty for the Department of Internal Medicine Residency training program.

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    Molly Richardson, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Molly Wasko, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Molly Wasko is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Faculty Success in the Collat School of Business. She holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Maryland, College Park and has a combined Business/Academic background with 15+ years of leadership experience in the areas of high-technology start-ups, strategic planning and organizational innovation. Her personal vision is to “create opportunities by making connections”, which encompasses ...

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    Mona Fouad M.D., M.P.H., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Fouad is recognized nationally as a leader in health disparities research and is a member of the NIH National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She is PI on numerous federally funded projects that bring in over $51 million and Co-PI on additional grants worth approximately $20 million. Most of this funding has a common theme of improving health and preventing disease in minorities.

    Dr. Fouad is PI for the CDC-funded center entitled, Racial and Ethnic Approa...

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    Monica Baskin Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Baskin is a nationally-renowned health disparities researcher and professor of medicine in the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine. For nearly 20 years, she has led an extensive extramurally-funded research program focused on reducing health disparities in the Deep South among residents of both rural and urban communities and populations across the lifespan. Dr. Baskin’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Wood Johnson...

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    Moon Nahm M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Moon H. Nahm, Professor of Department of Medicine, with secondary appointment in Microbiology, obtained both his BA degree (in 1970) and MD degree (in 1974) from Washington University in St. Louis MO. In 1980, he completed both Internal Medicine and Laboratory Medicine residency training in Pathology Department, as well as completing post-doctoral research training in Microbiology Department at Washington University in St. Louis MO. He was a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis a...

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    Mustafa Ahmed, Scientist (C)

    Mustafa Ahmed, MD, is an interventional cardiologist who treats heart valve and structural heart disease, which are conditions involving defects or damage in the walls, muscles, or valves of the heart. Dr. Ahmed is a leader in minimally invasive procedures to treat these conditions, specifically transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), the Mitraclip procedure, and paravalvular leak repair. He also is an expert in the use of 3D imaging to evaluate and treat complex structural heart disease,...

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    Mythreye Karthikeyan, Scientist (C)

    Mythreye Karthikeyan (K. Mythreye) received her Bachelors in Science from Delhi University in the Biochemistry honors program and after completing her MS in Biochemistry, received her PhD from UNC Chapel hill in 2005. She received postdoctoral training at Duke University prior to starting her independent lab at University of South Carolina in 2013.She received tenure and promotion in the Summer of 2019, following which she moved to University of Alabama at Birmingham as a tenured Associate Pr...

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    Nabiha Yusuf Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

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    Nancy Borkowski, Senior Scientist and Senior Scientist (C)

    Nancy Borkowski, DBA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her DBA with specializations in health services administration and accounting from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Borkowski has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry and is a two-time past recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executive’s (ACHE) Southern Florida Senior Career Healthcare Exec...

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    Natalie Gassman, Scientist (C)

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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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    Nathan Smith, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Natividad Stover, Scientist (C)

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    Nefertiti Durant, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Neil Pfister, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Nicholas Onken, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Nicholas Van Wagoner, 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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    Nichole Samuy, Scientist (C)

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    Nicolaas Geurs, Scientist (C)

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    Nicole Wright, Scientist (C)

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    Nina Kraguljac, Scientist (C)

    Nina Kraguljac is a board-certified psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received her medical degree from Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria in 2008 and completed her residency training in General Psychiatry at UAB in 2013.

    Her research interests focus on the utilization of multimodal neuroimaging techniques, pharmacological modelling, and computationally adv...

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    Nina Kraguljac, Associate Scientist (C)

    Nina Kraguljac is a board-certified psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received her medical degree from Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria in 2008 and completed her residency training in General Psychiatry at UAB in 2013.

    Her research interests focus on the utilization of multimodal neuroimaging techniques, pharmacological modelling, and computationally adv...

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    Nita Limdi, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Limdi is a clinical pharmacist and epidemiologist with significant expertise in pharmacogenomics and pharmacoepidemiology, from research and discovery to its application and implementation in clinical practice. Her research portfolio encompasses studies with both observational and a clinical trial designs and is focused on understanding the multiple factors that influence drug efficacy and safety, specifically anticoagulant and antiplatelet response. An established investigator in the field ...

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    Noha Sharafeldin, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Oleg Gorbatyuk, Scientist (C)

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    Olivia Van Gerwen, Associate Scientist and Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Olivia Van Gerwen completed her internal medicine residency and chief residency at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She returned to her hometown of Birmingham, AL to pursue a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at UAB, which she completed in 2020 in addition to a post-doctoral fellowship in health services, outcomes, and effectiveness research. She is now an Assistant Professor in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases. Olivia's research focuses on HIV and STI prevention as well as compr...

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    Olivio Clay, Scholar (C)

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    Om Srivastava, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Omar Sims, Scientist (C)

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    Omer Jamy, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Orlando Gutierrez, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Gutiérrez is the Marie S. Ingalls Endowed Chair in Nephrology Leadership, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Director of the Division of Nephrology, and Deputy Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Gutiérrez’s research is focused on understanding pathophysiological mechanisms underlying disorders of phosphorus metabolism in health and in individuals with kidney disease. He has a special interest in delineati...

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    Paige Porrett, Scientist (C)

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    Palaniappan Sethu, Senior Scientist (C)

    I am a Biomedical Engineer by training with a PhD from the University of Michigan where I worked with Dr. Carlos, H. Mastrangelo developing new polymer based lab-on-a-chip technologies for genomic and proteomic assays. I completed my postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Mehmet Toner at the Center for Engineering in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Shriners Burns Hospital working on label-free approaches to isolate leukocyte sub-populations from who...

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    Pamela Bowen PhD, BA, CRNP, FNP-BC, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Bowen has been a certified family nurse practitioner since 2000. Her patient population has been predominantly African Americans with obesity-related chronic illnesses, such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. She has personally witnessed the struggles people with limited resources face as it relates to adopting healthier lifestyle behaviors. Because of her research interest and clinical nursing experience, she is cognizant that reducing obesity health disparities among ...

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    Pankaj Arora, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Pankit Vachhani, Associate Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    Dr. Pankit Vachhani is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Associate Scientist of Experimental Therapeutics. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar in 2012 and on to complete his internal medicine residency at Virginia Commonwealth University, followed by a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY.

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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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    Patricia Drentea, Scholar (C)

    Professor of Sociology

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    Patrick Pritchard, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Patrick R. Pritchard earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and he is an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Pritchard completed a general surgery internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland after which he served a tour in the United States Navy as a general medical officer with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Okinawa, Japan and with the United States Marine Cor...

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    Paul Benson, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Paul Benson earned his Doctor of Medicine from The Medical College of Ohio at Toledo before serving as a preliminary intern in Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical System. He completed residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Virginia, and is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. After a fellowship in Forensic Pathology at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Benson became board certified in For...

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    Paul Erwin, Senior Scientist (C)

    Paul Campbell Erwin, MD, DrPH is Dean of the UAB School of Public Health and Professor in Health Care Organization and Policy. Erwin earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of the South (Sewanee), his medical degree from the UAB School of Medicine, a master’s in public health from John Hopkins University and a doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina. He is certified in internal medicine, public health and preventive medicine, and a leader in establishing formal ...

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    Paul Gamlin, Scholar (C)

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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 MacLennan, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Paul MacLennan is an epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Director of Transplant Analytics, Informatics & Quality. His experience includes collaborations with researchers with diverse interests, including occupational exposures and mortality/cancer, health disparities, diabetes and vision, healthcare utilization, geriatric epidemiology, injury and trauma and solid organ transplantation. He currently serves as a...

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    Paul Muntner, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Paul Sanders M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Paula Chandler-Laney, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Chandler-Laney is an Associate Professor and Director of the PhD program in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. Her research focuses on elucidating the biobehavioral mechanisms that underlie the development of pediatric obesity, with a particular emphasis on understanding the role of the in utero environment in programming children's risk for obesity and cardiometabolic disease. This research involves studies of children, infants, and pregnant women. Methodologies include the assessment of...

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    Peng Li PhD, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Li's major research interest includes design, management, conduct, analysis and interpretation of clinical trials, epidemiologic studies and evaluation research, with particular expertise in cluster-randomized trials. He has broad collaborative experience with researchers from multidiscipline including clinicians and biologists, involving in study design, power and sample size calculation, data management and analysis.

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    Peter Smith, Scientist (C)

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    Philip Cendoma, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Philip Schmalz, Associate Scientist (C)

    Philip Schmalz, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at UAB School of Medicine.

    He completed his undergraduate studies at Washington and Lee University and the College of Charleston, where he served as a skipper on their nationally renowned sailing team.

    After graduation, Dr. Schmalz was hired by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Broad Institute in the technology development division, working to scale up new genomic sequencing platforms and...

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    Ping Zhang, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Pius Fasinu, Scientist (C)

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    Pongkiat Kankirawatana, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Pradeep Bhambhvani, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Pran Datta Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    Dr. Datta earned his Bachelor of Science (BS), Honors in Chemistry; Physics and Mathematics, and his Master of Science (MS), Organic Chemistry from The University of Burdwan, India.  He erned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, from the Bose Institute, Calcutta, India.  His thesis title was Studies on Natural Carbocyclic Compounds. He worked as a research associate with Dr. Srilata Bagchi at the University of Illinois in Chicago and with Dr. Harold L. Moses at The Vanderbilt-I...

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    Prasanna Krishnamurthy, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Krishnamurthy completed his Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine from Bangalore Veterinary College and earned his Ph.D. in Veterinary Pathology from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, India. He held faculty appointments at the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute, School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and Houston Methodist Research Institute before joining UAB. Dr.Krishnamurthy directs a research program focusing on understanding mechanisms of cardiovasc...

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    Qiang Ding, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Qiang Ding is an Professor of Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Division of Molecular and Translational Biomedicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Ding received his PhD degree in molecular and cellular pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After completing his postdoctoral fellowship training in the UAB Department of Pathology. Dr. Ding is actively involved in education, research, training, and service for the community. He holds a secondary ap...

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    Quamarul Hassan, Senior Scientist (C)

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    R. Marty Vander Noot, Scientist (C)

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    Rachael Lancaster M.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Lancaster is an assistant professor of surgery within the Division of Surgical Oncology and specializes in breast surgery. She works at the UAB Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic. Here she partners with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to devise and tailor individual treatment plans for patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

    Dr. Lancaster is a fellowship trained breast surgical oncologist. Her clinical practice focuses on the surgical management of invasive breast ca...

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    Rachel Cowan, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Rachel Sinkey, Associate Scientist (C)

    Rachel Sinkey is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Sinkey attended Asbury University in Wilmore, KY for her undergraduate studies and the University of Kentucky for her medical degree. She pursued obstetrics and gynecology training at TriHealth / Good Samaritan in Cincinnati, OH where her interest in the management of medical diseases in pregnancy was sparked . She subsequently pursued su...

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    Radhika Gangaraju, Associate Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    Dr. Gangaraju comes to our division from the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, where she completed a Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology and conducted research with Dr. Josef Prchal, a former UAB Hematology member. Originally from India, Dr. Gangaraju received her Bachelors in Medicine and Bachelors in Surgery (M.B.B.S.) degrees from Rangaraya Medical College, Andhra Pradesh. She completed an Internal Medicine Residency in the UAB Montgome...

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    Raegan Durant, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Rafael Grytz, Scientist (C)

    Our eyes are composed of living tissues, which are constantly remodeling in response to mechanical, chemical, and visual stimuli. In particular, the loadbearing collagenous structures of the eye can undergo substantial growth and remodeling during physiological and pathophysiological conditions. I seek to elucidate the biomechanical mechanisms that underlie growth and remodeling in ocular diseases. My laboratory focuses on establishing experimental methods and predictive computational simulation...

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    Rajeev Samant Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Rajesh Kana, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Kana has several years of experience in research in the field of autism spectrum disorders. After earning PhD from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India, he completed his postdoctoral training at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2001 he was awarded the William Fulbright pre-doctoral research fellow to do research at University of California Los Angeles. He joined UAB in 2007.

    Dr. Kana is the director of the Cognition, Brain and Autism Laboratory at UAB, and the co-directo...

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    Rakesh Patel Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    Rakesh Patel PhD is Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pathology, and Director of the UAB Center for Free Radical Biology. He is a graduate of the University of Essex, England (BSc with Hons (1993) and PhD in Biochemistry (1996)) and moved to UAB in 1997. He is also director of the UAB Translational and Molecular sciences Certificate and T32 Program (for Predocs), and past Director of the Department of Pathology Graduate Program (7y), UAB Pathobiology and Molecular Medici...

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    Ramzi Abou-Arraj, Scientist (C)

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    Randall Davis M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    A graduate of Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Davis completed medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM), where he also served his internship, residency, and the ABIM academic subspecialty research fellowship clinical investigator pathway in Hematology/Oncology. He is Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics in the division of Hematology/Oncology. He is board certified in Hematology.

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    Ranu Surolia, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Surolia received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Delhi South Campus in 2011. In 2011, she joined UAB’s Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine as postdoctoral fellow and subsequently assistant professor. Dr. Surolia is interested in understanding the molecular pathology of lung injury and repair related to environmental exposures and agents.

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    Raquel Mazer-Gurmendi, Scientist (C)

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    Ravi Bhatia M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Introduction:

    I was appointed as Director of the Division of Hematopoietic Stem Cell and Leukemia Research and co-Director of the Hematological Malignancies Program in the Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2006 to develop a basic and translational program in hematological malignancies and hematopoietic stem cells at our center.
    Since taking over this position, I have recruited and mentored an outstanding group of young faculty with a common interest in investigating mechanisms of regu...

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    Rebecca Arend M.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    Rebecca Arend, MD is Assistant Professor and an Associate Scientist at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Experimental Therapeutics Program. She completed her undergraduate degree and her residency at Columbia Presbyterian in New York, NY and completed her fellowship at UAB. Prior to fellowship, she did research in hormonal and molecular pathways associated with uterine carcinosarcoma. During her fellowship in Gyn Oncology at UAB, she received an AAOGF/ABOG Young Investigator Fellowship grant t...

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    Remo George, Associate Scientist (C)

    I have a background in biochemistry, biophysics, nuclear medicine and molecular imaging sciences, with training and expertise in radioisotope applications in medicine, nanotechnology, and cancer biology. I have taught courses for undergraduate and graduate health sciences students in a problem-based learning approach for many years. I have a record of successful post-doctoral research which includes the use of nanoparticles for modulation of free radicals in radiation therapy, and the upregulati...

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    Renata Jaskula-Sztul Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    Renata Jaskula-Sztul has a Masters degree in Cell Biology from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland and a PhD in Biochemistry from the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences. She completed a two-year postdoctoral training in the Department of Pharmacology followed by an additional three-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Human Oncology at UW-Madison. Since joining the Department of Surgery at UAB she has been working on multiple projects investiga...

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    Rhiannon Reed, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Ricardo Franco, 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 Kennedy, Scientist (C)

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    Richard Shelton, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Shelton attended medical school at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He was then a resident and Chief Resident at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (now the Longwood Program), a teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA., followed by a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Mental Health Intramural Program in Washington, D.C. He joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University, where he became the James G. Blakemore Research Professor and Vice Chair for...

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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 A. Oster Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Robert Bourge, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Robert Hollis IV, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Hollis is a colorectal surgeon within the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. A native of Dothan, AL, Dr. Hollis completed his undergraduate studies at Washington and Lee University before returning to Alabama for medical school at UAB. Dr. Hollis stayed at UAB for general surgery residency. During residency, he dedicated two additional years to training in outcomes research and obtained a Masters of Science in Public Health at the UAB School of Public Health. Following residency, Dr. Holl...

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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 Richter, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Robert Russell, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Russell obtained his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University graduating summa cum laude with a obtaining a BA in European History. He began his medical education at the Medical University of South Carolina graduating in 2003. He completed his surgical residency in general surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. During his residency, Dr. Russell also completed a Master’s in Public Health from Vanderbilt University in 2008. He completed his pediatric surgical training ...

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

    I received my Ph.D. degree in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma with Dr. Paul Kincade. I then moved to Harvard Medical School for my post-doctoral training with Dr. Dan Tenen.

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    Rodney King, Scientist (C)

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    Rodney Tucker, Senior Scientist (C)

    Rodney O. Tucker, MD, MMM, FAAHPM, was born in Gadsden, Alabama and attended Litchfield High School graduating in 1980. He then attended UAB and received his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Social Work in 1984. After a year of graduate work at UAB, he entered the University of Alabama School of Medicine and graduated in 1989. Dr. Tucker served an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Carraway Methodist Medical Center from 1989-1992 and then served as Chie...

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    Rojymon Jacob M.D., Scholar (C)

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    Ronald Lazar, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Rongbing Xie DrPH, MPH, Associate Scientist (C)

    As a statistician, Rongbing Xie, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., has expertise in designing, developing, managing and analyzing clinical databases (national and international registries) and administrative databases (electronic medical records). As a doctor of public health in outcomes research, she is interested in translating statistical findings into medical decision making and public health policy making for improving health outcomes.

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    Ronit Elk PhD, Senior Scientist (C)

    Ronit Elk, PhD has recently joined the University of Alabama, Birmingham as Professor in the School of Medicine; Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Care, and as Associate Director of the Southeast Institute for Innovation in Palliative and Supportive Care. Her prior position was at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Using Community Based Participatory Research, her NIH-funded research focuses on partnering with underserved populations, in particular rural African America...

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    Ronnie Gravett, Associate Scientist and Associate Scientist (C)

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    Rosa Serra Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Rubindhiran Pillay, Senior Scientist (C)

    Rubin Pillay is a high performance, versatile and commercially astute healthcare executive offering a twenty eight year career of impressive successes in healthcare as a clinician, academic, leader and innovator/entrepreneur .He is a medical futurist and a Professor of Healthcare Innovation and is currently the Assistant Dean for Global Health Innovation at the School of Medicine, as well as being the Chief Innovation Officer of the Health System at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He wa...

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    Runhua Liu M.D., Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Russell Read, Scientist (C)

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    Ryan Coute, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Ryan Melvin, Associate Scientist (C)

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    S Hernandez, Senior Scientist (C)

    S. Robert Hernandez is Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the UAB Executive Doctoral Program in Healthcare Leadership. He is also Senior Associate Chair for Global Health and is founding Director of the International Executive Masters of Science in Health Administration Program.

    Internationally, he served on the Board of Directors of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) from 2012 to 2018 and has chaired the EURAM Healthcare Management Research Track since 2008. H...

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    Sabrina Kopf DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Sabrina Kopf is a Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She has spent most of her Nurse Practitioner career working with advanced heart failure patients and solid organ transplant candidates and recipients. She currently has a faculty practice with the Division of Infectious Disease. Her research interest is improving vaccine uptake in solid organ transplant candidates & recipients and improving access to care utilizing telehealth. She is an Assistant Professor in the Adult-Gero Ac...

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    Sadanandan Velu Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Velu did his postdoctoral research at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and at Clemson University. He joined the Medicinal Chemistry division of the Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering at UAB in 1997 and worked as a Staff Scientist through 2004. He held a joined appointment in the Chemistry department as a Research Faculty during the period 2002-2004. He joined the Chemistry department as an Assistant Professor in August of 2004, was tenured and promoted to Associate Profes...

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    Sadeep Shrestha Ph.D., Scholar (C)

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    Sadeep Shrestha Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Sadis Matalon, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Safal Khanal, Associate Scientist (C)

    Safal Khanal, OD, PhD, FAAO is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his optometry and vision science training in Nepal and the Philippines and earned his Bachelor of Optometry and Doctor of Optometry degrees. Dr. Khanal then worked as a consultant in a conjoint optometry/ophthalmology practice in Nepal, before joining the University of Auckland School. During his time at the University of Auckland, Dr. Khanal also served as an educator in the Bachelor of...

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    Sahar Fathallah-Shaykh, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Sakthivel Rajan Rajaram Manoharan, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Samantha Hill, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Samuel Galgano, Associate Scientist (C)

    Samuel J. Galgano, M.D. completed his undergraduate training and medical school at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He then completed his residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, during which he acted as Chief Resident in his final year. He completed fellowships in both Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics as well as Abdominal Imaging at the University of Alabama at Birmingham prior to joining the faculty at UAB. During his Abdominal Imaging fellowship...

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    Samuel Marcrom, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Sandeep Bodduluri, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Bodduluri received his MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2016. He joined the pulmonary division as a research associate in 2016 under the mentorship of Dr. Surya Bhatt at the UAB Lung Imaging Core. Dr. Bodduluri’s research interest is to develop imaging solutions towards understanding the pathophysiology of pulmonary diseases using computer vision and machine learning approaches.

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    Sandipan Pati, Scientist (C)

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

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    Satoru Osuka, Associate Scientist (C)

    After graduating from medical school at the University of Tsukuba in Japan, Dr Osuka completed a residency program in Neurosurgery. While he was involved in the treatment of many types of diseases during his residency training, he developed a great interest in malignant brain tumors. Caring for patients with malignant brain tumors gave him first-hand experience with the difficulties of disease control and severe outcome for the patients. These experiences prompted his interest in training in bas...

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    Saurabh Aggarwal, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Scott Ballinger Ph.D., Scholar (C)

    EDUCATION:
    Texas A&M University, College Station, TX Zoology, B.S. 1983
    Texas A&M University, College Station, TX Wildlife Fisheries, M.S 1987
    Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA Biochemistry, Ph.D. 1993

    POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING:
    1993-1994 Environmental Pathology Postdoctoral Fellow, Vermont Cancer Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

    1994-1996 Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, Vermont Cancer Center, Burlingt...

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    Scott Snyder, Scholar (C)

    Scholarship

    I typically serve as a methodologist or statistician on research projects. This allows me to study issues related to K-12 education, higher education, health, dementia, and training in various fields including defense and engineering. My other research interests relate to grading, systems theory, and autism.

    Service

    I provide service to professional groups at local, state, and national levels in areas that typically relate to my background in measurement, e...

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    Shajan Peter, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Sugandha is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology. He completed a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery at Madras University in India and then a fellowship in Internal Medicine specializing in Gastroenterology at Christian Medical College in Vellore, India. Between 2000 and 2004 he was a Consultant in the Department of Gastroenterology at Christian Medical College. In 2005 he became a Staff Gastroenterologist at the University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland, un...

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    Shakia Hardy, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Shakia Hardy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Hardy's research takes a multi-disciplinary, life course approach to understanding health disparities in cardiovascular disease by examining the impact of lifestyle factors and social environments on cardiovascular health from childhood to late life. She is particularly focused on the biological, behavioral and social determinants of hypertension and cardiovascular d...

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    Shama Ahmad, Scientist (C)

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    Shannon Bailey, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Shannon Houser, Senior 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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    Sharon Spencer M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Shauntice Allen, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Allen has over 10 years of experience with health education program design, implementation and evaluation with multi-disciplinary and complex partnerships. She has an extensive track record of working with minority, under served and vulnerable populations. Along with her experience in both traditional classroom and innovative study investigations, Dr. Allen has strong writing, research and analytical skills. As an Assistant Professor in Environmental Health Sciences, I teach and conduct rese...

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    Shawn Gilbert, Scholar (C)

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    Sheetal Gandotra, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Sheetal Gandotra is a pulmonary physician who began her work at UAB in 2018. She received her medical degree from Saba University School of Medicine.

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    Shena Gazaway, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Sherry Collawn, Scientist (C)

    Sherry S. Collawn, M.D., joined the faculty of the UAB Department of Surgery in 2008. She also conducts a private practice with Mountain Brook Plastic Surgery. Dr. Collawn has been consistently supported in her work as a researcher and is currently principal investigator on a pilot project entitled: “Role of Adipose-derived Stromal Cell Conditioned Media in Wound Healing”.

    Her clinical activities include laser procedures, skin tightening, resurfacing, fat grafting, transplantation, and ...

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    Shikha Mehta, Scientist (C)

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    Shu Chen, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Chen is a neuroscientist whose research is focused on neurodegenerative diseases including prion disease, Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body dementia, and Parkinson's disease. He received his Ph.D. in biochemical pharmacology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1993. Before coming to UAB in 2021, he was a Professor of Pathology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

    Dr. Chen's laboratory investigates pathogenic mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative ...

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    Sima Baalbaki, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Sixto Leal, Associate Scientist (C)

    I have a broad background in microbiology, immunology, and medicine with residency training in clinical pathology and fellowship training in medical microbiology. I am the Director of the UAB Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Fungal Reference Lab, and UAB’s High Containment Research Facility (SEBLAB) with significant expertise in the diagnosis of infectious diseases, medical mycology, and SARS-CoV-2 biology. My research interests are 4-fold and include 1. Expert laboratory support for a variety ...

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    Smita Bhatia M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH joined UAB in 2015 to establish the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship. She is the Gay and Bew White Endowed Professor in Pediatric Oncology and serves as Vice Chair for Outcomes in the Dept. of Pediatrics. She also serves as the Associate Director for Outcomes Research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Bhatia completed her training in Blood Banking, Hematology/ Oncology and BMT from the University of Minnesota, where she also received her MPH in Epide...

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    Songwei Wu, Scientist (C)

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    Sonia Fargue, Associate Scientist (C)

    Oxalate is a common component of kidney stones. The theme of Dr. Fargue's research is in understanding the mechanisms underlying oxalate metabolism in healthy subjects and in patients with kidney stone disease. The initial focus has been on a rare hereditary form of oxalate kidney stones, called primary hyperoxaluria, both from a clinical perspective and basic science perspective. Dr. Fargue's recent research includes investigating mechanisms underlying calcium oxalate kidney stones.

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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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    Sooryanarayana Varambally Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    My research focus is on understanding the molecular basis of cancer using integrative genomic, epigenetic and proteomic approach. Our groups translational cancer research involves transferring the basic research discoveries to develop disease detection markers of developing therapy for the identified targets. I have worked extensively in the area of solid tumor genomics, biomarker discovery, biology, and therapeutic targeting.
    Our group’s research helps better understand the...

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    Soroush Rais-Bahrami M.D., Scientist (C)

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    Sravanti Rangaraju, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Ssang-Taek Steve Lim, Scientist (C)

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    Stefan Kertesz, Senior 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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    Stefanie Krick, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Krick is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Following her fellowship training and internships at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami and Mount Sinai Medical Center, she worked as an assistant professor of medicine at the Miller School of Medicine's Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. She has completed training in internal medicine, molecular biology, pulmonary medicine, critical care and vascular medicine.

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    Stefanie Robel, Scientist (C)

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    Stefanie Woodard, Associate Scientist (C)

    Stefanie A. Woodard, D.O. received her undergraduate degree from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia followed by medical school at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, W. Virginia. She completed her residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA. followed by a breast imaging fellowship at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

    Dr. Woodard joined Tristan Radiology Specialists following her fellowship and remained on as faculty at Penn State before joining U...

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    Stephanie Yates, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Stephanie Yates earned her B.S. in Marketing, M.B.A. in Accounting and M.A. in International Economics from the University of Cincinnati. She earned her Ph.D. in Finance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She is also an Accredited Financial Counselor ® , a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™, and a Registered Financial Consultant ®

    In 2004, Dr. Yates became the first director of the Hickey Financial Technology Center at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. From 2005-200...

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    Stephen Aller Ph.D., Scholar (C)

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    Stephen Barnes Ph.D., Scholar (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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    Stephen Thomas, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Stephen Yoder, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Stephenie Wallace, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Steven Duncan, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Duncan is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Washington (Seattle) and served as a Medical Intern and Resident there. His subsequent clinical and research training fellowships were at the University of Pittsburgh, Stanford University, and The Scripps Research Institute. Dr. Duncan has had prior faculty appointments at Stanford University and the University of Pittsburgh.

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    Steven Pittler, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Steven Pogwizd, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Steven Rothenberg, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Steven Rowe, Associate Scientist (C)

    Steven M. Rowe received his BA degree from the University of Virginia in 1994, his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in 1998, and an MSPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005. He completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics internship and residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also completed a combined Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Pulmonary fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
    In 2014, Dr. Rowe was p...

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    Steven Theiss, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Sujan Ravi, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Sunnie Thompson Ph.D., 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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    Suresh Verma, Scientist (C)

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    Surya Bhatt, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Bhatt completed his medical degree at Mysore Medical College in India, followed by an Internal Medicine residency and chief residency at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, India. He then completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Temple University/St Luke’s University Hospital, followed by fellowship training in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City. He has been a UAB faculty member since 2012...

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    Susan Bellis Ph.D., Scholar (C)

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    Susan Birket, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Birket received her PharmD from the University of Kansas in 2007. She received a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, with an emphasis in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics, from the University of Kentucky, under the mentorship of Dr. David Feola. After graduating in 2012, she joined the Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division as a T32 trainee, under the mentorship of Dr. Steven Rowe.

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    Susan McMullan PhD, CRNA, CNE, CHSE, Scientist (C)

    Dr. McMullan has been a CRNA for over 30 years. She has clinical experience in all forms of anesthesia with a focus on pediatric and cardiovascular anesthesia. Her teaching experience includes basic and advanced principles of nurse anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, and high-fidelity simulation. Her research focuses on patient safety in nurse anesthesia.
    She has received the AANA Foundation Doctoral, Post-Doctoral Fellowship and General Grants for her work on nurse anesthesia and patient saf...

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    Suzanne Judd, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Suzanne Judd is the Director of the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy and a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her PhD in Nutrition Sciences from Emory University where she led two vitamin D clinical trials. Dr. Judd is multiple PI on both the REGARDS and RURAL cohort studies which are large NIH funded epidemiological cohort studies seeking to understand disparities in chronic disease in the United States. Her experience in...

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    Suzanne Lapi Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Suzanne E. Lapi, Ph.D. completed her undergraduate studies and Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, Canada. She went on to complete a postdoctoral appointment at UCSF working with Henry VanBrocklin, PhD on the development of imaging agents for PSMA in prostate cancer before being recruited as a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis where she ultimately stayed on as a tenured Associate Professor until 2015.

    Dr. Lapi is currently an Professor of Radiology and ...

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    Suzanne Oparil, Senior 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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    Swetha Geetha Pinninti, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Sylvie Mrug, Senior Scientist (C)

    My research examines the interplay of risk and protective factors in the development of behavioral and emotional problems in adolescence, including antisocial behavior, substance use, depression and anxiety.

    Most of my work has focused on the effects of violence exposure and peer influences in conjunction with other individual and contextual risk factors, such as pubertal timing, temperament, stress reactivity, parental practices, and broader influences of schools and neighborhoods.

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    Tabitha Price, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Tamas Jilling M.D., Scientist (C)

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    Tamela Turner, Scholar (C)

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    Tamika Smith, Associate Scientist (C)

    I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior in the School of Public Health (SOPH) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). I am also the Project Director for the core research project of UAB SOPH's Center for the Study of Community Heath, a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center.

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    Tanecia Mitchell, Associate Scientist (C)

    The overall theme of Dr. Mitchell’s research has been to study disorders that affect the kidney and to identify potential ways to improve the health and quality of life of individuals with kidney disease. She has a broad background as well as specific training and expertise in mitochondrial function and oxidative stress. Dr. Mitchell’s current research investigates the role of diet on immune cell mitochondria and oxidative stress in kidney stone disease using human dietary feeding studies, anima...

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    Tapan Mehta, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Mehta is a health services researcher with several years of experience in biostatistics and data mining. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). His training included PhD in Biostatistics and Masters in Electrical Engineering. He leads the NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center Design Analytics Core. His research projects include from large randomized controlled trials re...

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    Tatiana Marquez-Lago Ph.D., Scientist (C)

    Research in the Marquez-Lago lab combines (wet lab) experiments involving bioengineering, micro- and molecular biology techniques, with (drylab) data analysis, AI, modeling and simulation techniques. In a nutshell, we investigate (1) host-microbiota interactions in complex human diseases, (2) microbial multi-drug resistance, and (3) gene expression and chromatin organization. In addition, we study (4) the role and effect of mechanical forces ('mechanobiology') and cell compartmentalization in pa...

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    Tejaswini Kulkarni, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Kulkarni received her medical training and internship at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute following which she obtained a Masters in Public Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Wayne State University 2013. Dr. Kulkarni then completed a clinical and research fellowship in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care medicine at UAB in 2016 and was appointed as faculty within this Division.

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    Tennille Webb, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Tera Webb, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Thomas Atkinson, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Thomas Buford, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Buford is a Professor in the UAB Department of Medicine [Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics & Palliative Care] and the Department of Nutrition Sciences. He also serves as Director for the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine and Co-Director of the NIH-funded Nathan Shock Center for the Basic Biology of Aging, and he is an investigator in the VA Medical Center's Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric, Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC). Dr. Buford obtained his doctoral degree in Exercise, N...

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    Thomas Moore II, Scholar (C)

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    Thomas Poore, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Tiago Colicchio, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Tiago Colicchio earned his PhD in Biomedical Informatics from the University of Utah. He earned his MBA at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and his MS in Information Systems at Grenoble Alpes University, France. He is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UAB Department of Medicine. Dr. Colicchio is a project management professional (PMP) certified by the project management institute (PMI) with extensive experience in health information technology (health IT) adoption. Prior to joining ...

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    Tiffany Mayo, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Tika Benveniste Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Etty (Tika) Benveniste was the Founding Chair of the Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology (2012-2017). Benveniste served as Chair of the Department of Cell Biology (2000-2011). Benveniste also holds the Alma B. Maxwell-University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (UAHSF), Endowed Chair in Biomedical Research. In January 2015, Benveniste was appointed interim Senior Associate Dean for Research Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of M...

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    Timmy Lee, Senior Scientist (C)

    Timmy Lee, M.D., M.S.P.H is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Division of Nephrology with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Lee received his medical degree at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and completed his Internal medicine residency and Nephrology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Nephrology research fellowship at the University o...

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    Timothy Gawne, Senior Scientist (C)

    I was originally trained as an electrical engineer, and worked in industry for a time, but then moved on to physiology. I am first and foremost a systems neuroscientist: I am interested in how information is processed and transmitted in the nervous system, not so much the details of specific genes and ion channels etc. I worked at the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) before moving to the UAB School of Optometry in 1996, where I remain to this day. I have applied this interest to the v...

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    Timothy Ness M.D., Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Timothy Wick Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Wick began his academic career in the School of Chemical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he developed internationally recognized research programs in cell adhesion and tissue engineering. He served as director of the Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program from 2004 to 2005. He was recruited to UAB as Chair of the BME Department and co-director of UAB’s BioMatrix Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (BERM) Research Center in 2005. In 2015, he was appointe...

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    Toby Gropen, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Gropen is the James H. Halsey Jr., MD Endowed Professor of Neurology, Director of the Division of Cerebrovascular Disease, and Director of the UAB Comprehensive Neurovascular and Stroke Center. He serves as Vice-Chair, Regional Advisory Council, Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System and Co-Chairman, Stroke Operations Committee of the Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System. Dr. Gropen led the New York State Department of Health’s Stroke Center Designation Projec...

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    Todd Brown, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Brown is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the UAB Division of Cardiovascular Disease. He attended medical school at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA and completed his Internal Medicine training at the LSU Internal Medicine Residency in Baton Rouge, LA where he served as Chief Medical Resident. After finishing his training at LSU, he came to UAB to pursue his Cardiovascular Disease training. While at UAB, he completed a MSPH in health serv...

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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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    Todd McCarty, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. McCarty is a physician in Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC). He also serves as co-director of antimicrobial stewardship at the BVAMC. Dr. McCarty's research interests include transplant infectious diseases, fungal infections, and antimicrobial stewardship.

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    Tom McElderry, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Tom Vaughan, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Tracey Dick, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Tracey Wilson, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Wilson joined the faculty in 2008 and is currently an Associate Professor. She completed her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and medical degree at Howard University College of Medicine. Her Urology training was conducted at the University of Connecticut and she received fellowship training in Female Urology, Neurourology and Urodynamics from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

    Dr. Wilson has been Board Certified since 2005 and was the first urologist ...

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    Tracy Luckhardt, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Luckhardt completed her medical training in May 2000 from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her Internal Medicine training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2003. She was Chief Resident of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa from 2003-2004. She then completed her Pulmonary and Critical Care Training at the University of Michigan. She was appointed as faculty there from ...

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

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    Ursula Wesselmann M.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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    Veena Antony M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Antony is Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Antony's medical training began at Christian Medical College in Ludhiana, India. Following medical school, Dr. Antony progressed to an internship and residency at New York's Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Following her Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship training in the University of Colorado's School of Medicine, Dr. Antony worked in Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Colorado Health S...

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    Veeranjaneyulu Prattipati, Associate Scientist (C)

    Vee Prattipati, M.D., DABR started his medical training at Siddhartha Medical College in Vijayawada, India and completed his radiology residency at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) in Manipal, India. He then completed fellowships in both Vascular and Interventional Radiology and in Neuroradiology at UAB. He is a board certified Radiologist and Certificate of Added Qualification in Interventional radiology.

    His clinical interests include Interventional Oncology particularly i...

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    Vera Bittner, Senior Scientist (C)

    Vera A. Bittner, Professor of Medicine and Section Head of General Cardiology, Prevention, and Imaging, has been on faculty at UAB since 1987. She currently serves as Quality Officer for UAB Hospital, is a member of the Provider Integration Network, and serves as Medical Director of the Coronary Care Unit and the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program. She has been listed in Best Doctors of America since 2009.

    Dr. Bittner’s research has focused on secondary prevention of cardiovascular ...

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    Vibhu Parcha, Associate Scientist (C)

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

    Undergraduate, AB degree, Cornell University, 1978, Biology.
    Medical school, MD degree, Albany Medical College, 1982.
    Residency, Neurology, New York University, 1986.
    Research fellowship, Behavioral Neurology, University of Florida, 1987.

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    Victor Sung, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Sung is originally from Houston, TX and completed his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. He completed medical school at UT-Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and completed neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship at UAB. He joined faculty in the UAB Department of Neurology, Division of Movement Disorders and has the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure. He is the Director of the UAB Huntington's Disease Clinic, Co-Director of the UAB School...

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    Vineeta Kumar, Associate Scientist (C)

    Oct 1, 2017 - present Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology/Transplant Nephrology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

    Jan 2012 - present Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology/Transplant Nephrology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

    October 15, 2007 - 2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine Division of Nephrology/Transplant Nephrology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

    July 2008 - present Core Clinical F...

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    Vinoy Thomas, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Virendra Mishra, Scientist (C)

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    Vivek Shukla, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Vu Nguyen, Senior Scientist (C)

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    W. Timothy Garvey, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Garvey is Professor of Medicine in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He obtained his MD degree, cum laude, from St. Louis University in 1978, and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Barnes Hospital, Washington University, in 1981. He then was a clinical fellow in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He subsequently held facul...

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    W. Winn Chatham MD, Senior Scientist (C)

    W Winn Chatham M.D. is Professor of Medicine and is the Lous W Heck Clinical Scholar in Rheumatology. He is the Associate Division Director for Clinical Services and has served as the director of clinical services for the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology since 1996.

    Dr. Chatham's current clinical and research interests are focused on systemic lupus erythematosus, immunodeficiency associated autoimmunity, and macrophage activation syndrome in the setting of autoimmune an...

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    Waldemar Carlo, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Walter Schrading, Senior Scientist (C)

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

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    Wei Li, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Wei Li, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Li is currently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical &
    Diagnostic Sciences, School of Health Professions (SHP) at University of Alabama at
    Birmingham (UAB). He earned his PhD in Molecular Physiology from Southern Illinois
    University Carbondale in 2006 and a Medical Degree in Clinical Medicine in 1997 from
    Xinxiang Medical University. As a medical educator, he has more than 10 years’
    experience dedicated on teaching and doing translational resear...

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    Wendy Demark-Wahnefried Ph.D., Scholar (C)

    Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD is Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Demark-Wahnefried received her baccalaureate degree in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry from the University of Michigan and then completed a coordinated master’s degree – dietetic internship through the VA Texas Medical Center, Texas Women’s University and Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her doctoral degree in Nutritional Science from Syr...

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    William Andrews, Senior Scientist (C)

    William W. Andrews, PhD, MD, is from Dale County, Alabama. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University, 1974, and completed his PhD in Physiology, 1980, (Reproductive Neuroendocrinology) from The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Andrews received his MD degree, cum laude, from University of Alabama School of Medicine, 1984. He obtained his residency training at University Hospital, 1988, where he received Best Senior Resident Research Prese...

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    William Britt M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    William Geisler, Associate 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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    William Harris, Associate Scientist (C)

    CF researcher

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    William Maddox, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Maddox is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist committed to delivering exceptional healthcare through dedication to patients and their families. He strives to provide compassionate care, through personalized education and open communication, wishing to inspire hope and well-being in all his patients.

    His specific clinical expertise includes catheter ablation of complex atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, implantation of pacemakers, defibrillators, and cardiac resynchronization de...

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    William Meador, Scientist (C)

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    William Placzek Ph.D., Scientist and Scientist (C)

    My research goal is to better understand the biochemical mechanisms that facilitate chemoresistance and employ NMR spectroscopy and synthetic peptides to identify novel therapeutic targets to suppress chemoresistance. To this end, my research focuses on two primary avenues: 1) Characterization of rBH3 motif mediated regulation of anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family members; 2) Development of targeted inhibitors of the SUMOylation E2 enzyme, Ubc9. We also employ our expertise in peptide synthesis and ass...

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    William Reed, Scientist (C)

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    William Swords, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. W. Edward Swords received a B.S. in microbiology from Auburn University, followed by a M.S. from Mississippi State University. He completed his PhD studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1996. After an ASM/NCID fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Swords carried out postdoctoral work with Dr. Michael Apicella at the University of Iowa, studying the bacterial opportunist nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae. In 2002, he joined the faculty in the Dep...

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    Xiao Huang, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Xiaosi Han, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Xin Xu, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Xin Xu received his MD from the Taishan Medical College of China, his PhD in Immunology at the Ehime University of Japan, and an MLS in Clinical Laboratory Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Following a post-doctoral research fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. John Mountz at the UAB Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, he joined the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Xu is currently an Assistant Professor in Medicine.

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    Xinyang Zhao Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Xu Feng Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Yabing Chen Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Chen received her BS degree from Fudan University and her Ph.D. from Xiamen University. She completed postdoctoral training and was appointed as a research instructor at the University of Vermont, School of Medicine. Dr. Chen joined the faculty of Department of Pathology at UAB in June 2004. She is currently Jay M McDonald, MD, Endowed Professor in Laboratory Medicine, Professor in Molecular and Cellular Pathology and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Education; as well as a Research Ca...

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    Yan Sanders, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Yan Sanders received her medical degree from Hunan Medical University, China. Then she went to graduate school at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Center for Toxicological Research before she joined UAB at pediatric pulmonary, late she joined the faculty of medicine at the rank of Assistant Professor in 2011.

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    Yang Yang M.D., Ph.D., Scholar (C)

    Dr. Yang received her M.D. degree and PhD degree in China. She completed postdoctoral training and was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Yang joined the faculty of Department of Pathology at UAB in 2006. She is currently an Associate Professor and Principal Investigator in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Pathology.

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    Yedeh Ying M.D., Associate Scientist (C)

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    Yogesh Dwivedi, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Yong Zhou, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Zhou obtained his MD degree from Wuhan University in China and his PhD from Kyshu University in Japan. He completed his postdoctoral studies in the area of TGF-beta, matrix biology, and lung fibrosis at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he later became a Department of Pathology faculty member. In 2009, Dr. Zhou was recruited to the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, where he is now an Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Zhou has ...

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

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    Yu-Ying Chen, Scientist (C)

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    Yuhua Song Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Yulia Khodneva, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Yulong Fu, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Zachary Irwin, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Zdenek Novak, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Novak received his M.D. from the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, and completed his internal medicine residency in General Teaching Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic. After postgraduate fellowship in the Department of Immunology, Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, he came to UAB as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pathology and then Department of Pediatrics. In the meantime he obtained M.S. in Health Informatics ...

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    Zechen Chong, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Zeenat Jaisani, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Zhengrong Guan, Associate Scientist (C)

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