Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

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    Barry Sleckman, Director of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center

    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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    Kelly Godby M.D., Associate Chief Quality Officer for Medical Services (Specialty 1)

    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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    Ravi Bhatia M.D., Division Director

    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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    Ahmed Elkhanany, Assistant Professor (P)

    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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    Alex Minter, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Amitkumar Mehta M.D., Associate Professor (P)

    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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    Antonio Di Stasi M.D., Associate Professor (P)

    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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    Aparna Hegde, Assistant Professor (P)

    Introduction:

    I completed medical school in India. After a short break to recover from Hodgkins lymphoma, I worked as a primary care physician and an internist in India. I subsequently moved to the United States and went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine at Medstar Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, MD and a Hematology and Oncology fellowship at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC with a focus on thoracic malignancies. During the fellowship I developed an intere...

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    Arnab Basu, Assistant Professor (P)

    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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    Ashlesha Deshpande, Instructor (P)

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    Barry Sleckman, Professor and Director of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center (P)

    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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    Bassel El-Rayes, Professor (P)

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    Bo-Ruei Chen, Assistant Professor (P)

    Dr. Bo-Ruei Chen received PhD degree at Case Western Reserve University with Dr. Kurt Runge. His graduate work focused on the molecular mechanism of aging and telomere maintenance using yeast a a model system. He later joined Dr. Barry Sleckman's laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis and Weill Cornell Medicine as postdoctoral fellow to study DNA damage response, mechanism of DNA double strand repair and genetic regulation of genome stability. He joined University of Alabama at Birm...

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    Calia Morais, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Christina Ochsenbauer, Associate Professor (P)

    Introduction & Research:

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

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    Darryl Outlaw Jr., Assistant Professor (P)

    Introduction:

    I’m honored to be an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the Birmingham VA Medical Center (BVAMC) since July 2021. I look forward to a career of clinical care, research, and educational endeavors, as I seek to improve the lives of older adults with cancer and patients with gastrointestinal (GI) malignancy.

    Clinical Interests & Research:

    I long been drawn to the field of geriatric oncology, and I'm truly humbled to work...

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    Devika Das, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P)

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    Donna Salzman M.D., Professor (P)

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    Erica Stringer-Reasor M.D., Associate Professor (P)

    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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    Foluso Ogunsile, Assistant Professor (P)

    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.

    Clinical Intere...

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    Gabrielle Rocque M.D., Associate Professor (P)

    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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    Gaurav Goyal, Assistant Professor (P)

    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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    Gayathri Ravi, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Grant Williams M.D., Assistant Professor (P)

    Introduction:

    Medical Oncologist and Geriatrician focused on the management of Gastrointestinal Malignancies.

    Clinical Interests: & Research:

    My research and clinical care focuses on the intersection of cancer and aging. My goal is to provide personalized and evidenced based care for vulnerable and frail older adults with cancer.

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    Harry Erba, Professor (P)

    Harry Erba, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Medicine, Director of the UAB Hematologic Malignancy Program and Associate Director for Clinical Research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    Dr. Erba received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. He did his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Following a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the same institution, he joined the Harvard Medical School facul...

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    Jianbo He, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    John Carpenter, Professor - Emeritus (P)

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    John Dubay, Assistant Professor (P)

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    John Kappes Ph.D., Associate Professor (P)

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

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    Jori May, Assistant Professor (P)

    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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    Julie Kanter, Associate Professor (P)

    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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    Julienne Carstens, Assistant Professor (P)

    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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    Katia Khoury, Assistant Professor (P)

    Introduction:

    Katia Khoury, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a clinician-educator in the Division of Hematology and Oncology who works in outpatient breast clinics as well as inpatient services at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Khoury earned her M.D. from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2012, followed by two years of post-doctoral research in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at AUB. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Case Weste...

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    Kelly Godby M.D., Associate Professor (P)

    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 Kenzik Ph.D., Assistant Professor (P)

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    Kimo Bachiashvili, Assistant Professor (P)

    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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    Lauren Shea, Assistant Professor (P)

    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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    Lawrence Lamb Jr. Ph.D., Professor (P)

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    Lawrence Lamb Jr. Ph.D., Associate Professor - Research (P)

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    Lisle Nabell M.D., Professor (P)

    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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    Lorena De Idiaquez Bakula, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Luciano Costa M.D., Ph.D., Professor (P)

    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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    Mansoor Saleh MD, Professor (P)

    My medical training at the University of Heidelberg included doctoral research at the Max Plank Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg involving the primary sequencing of the red blood cell enzyme Glutathione Reductase. My hematology/oncology fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham included laboratory investigation in the immune mediated platelet destruction (ITP), as well as, the generation of human monoclonal auto-antibodies from splenic B-cells derived from ITP pa...

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    Mary Sheffield, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Maya Khalil, Assistant Professor (P)

    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.

    Research:

    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, Assistant Professor (P)

    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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    Moh'd Khushman, Associate Professor (P)

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    Noha Sharafeldin, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Omer Jamy, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Pankit Vachhani, Assistant Professor (P)

    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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    Pran Datta Ph.D., Professor (P)

    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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    Purnachandra Nagaraju Ganji, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Rachel Klein, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Racquel Innis-Shelton M.D., Associate Professor (P)

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    Radhika Gangaraju, Assistant Professor (P)

    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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    Randall Davis M.D., Professor (P)

    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.

    R...

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    Ravi Bhatia M.D., Professor (P)

    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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    Rita Paschal, Associate Professor (P)

    Introduction:

    Dr. Paschal received her medical degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency and her Hematology/Oncology Fellowship training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

    Clinical Interests & Research:

    Dr. Paschal focuses on benign hematology including coagulation and sickle cell disease.

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    Robert Reynolds Ph.D., Professor (P)

    Introduction:

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

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    Robert Welner Ph.D., Assistant Professor (P)

    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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    Rui Lu, Assistant Professor (P)

    Introduction & Research:

    The overall goal of Dr. Lu’s laboratory is to better understand the epigenetic mechanisms that underlie cancer cell development, and to develop mechanism-based and targeted therapeutic approaches. Dr. Lu’s lab currently is focusing on understanding epigenetic regulations in blood cancer. Recent projects in Dr. Lu’s lab include the following directions: (1) understanding the molecular basis of driver mutations in cancer; (2) discovery of novel targets for cancer ...

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    Shaowei Qiu, Instructor - Visiting (P)

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    Smith Giri, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Sravanti Rangaraju, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Susan Bal, Assistant Professor (P)

    Introduction:

    Dr. Bal is a malignant hematologist caring for patients with plasma cell disorders with special interest in Light chain (AL) Amyloidosis and MultipleMyeloma. She is additionally sub-specialty fellowship trained to perform stem cell
    transplantation and cellular therapies such as chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapies.

    Clinical Interests:

    Dr. Bal is working with other UAB subspecialty colleagues to start a specialized interdisciplinary progra...

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    Vanessa Eulo, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Victor Lin, Assistant Professor (P)

    Introduction:

    Dr. Lin completed his Sc.B. in Biochemistry with honors at Brown University before going on to train in the NIH-supported Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), receiving both an MD and a PhD in Cell Biology. After completing his training, he joined the Department of Medicine at UAB as an Instructor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology with a clinical focus in lung cancer and sarcoma and a research focus in precisi...

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    William Vaughan, Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    John Hartman IV M.D., Assistant Professor (S)

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    Mehmet Akce, Assoc Prof 2022 -

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    Nusrat Jahan, Asst Prof 2022 -

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