Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone and Autoimmunity Center (CAMBAC)

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    Serra Ph.D., Rosa, Associate Director 2016 -

  • Faculty Center Appointments

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    Absher Ph.D., Devin, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Acosta Pharm.D., Edward, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Agarwal M.D., Anupam, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Anupam Agarwal is currently Director, Division of Nephrology, and Executive Vice Dean, School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He also serves as the Program Director of the NIH/NIDDK funded O’Brien Core Center for Acute Kidney Injury Research. He has graduate faculty status in the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Pathology and Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology at UAB.

    Dr. Agarwal has an active role in clinical medicine, teach...

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    Alarcon, Graciela, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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, 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 the fi...

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    Aroke PhD, CRNA, Edwin, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Dr. Aroke is a CRNA and Assistant Professor in the Nurse Anesthesia track. In 2016, Dr. Aroke received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School with distinction; earning the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for his academic excellence, and clinical/community leadership. In 2011, he completed his Nurse Anesthesia education at Duke University Nurse Anesthesia Program in Durham, NC.

    Dr. Aroke is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), The Nu...

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    Ashraf, Ambika, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Ambika Ashraf is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics/ Pediatric Endocrinology. She earned her medical degree from the Calicut University, Kerala, India. Subsequently, she completed pediatric residency and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital, the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology and also in Clinical Lipidology. She serves as the director of the Pediatric Lipid Clinic and also as the Associate D...

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    Aslibekyan, Stella, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Atkinson, Thomas, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Ballesteros-Tato Ph.D., Andre, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Bamman, Marcas, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Barnes Ph.D., Stephen, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Beasley, Timothy, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Bedwell Ph.D., David, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Bellis Ph.D., Susan, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Benveniste Ph.D., Tika, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Berry, Joel, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Bertrand III, Fred, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Beukelman, Timothy, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Bjornsti Ph.D., Mary-Ann, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Blackwell, Richard, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Blalock, J, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Bonner M.D., James, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Bridges Jr, S. Louis, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    S. Louis Bridges, Jr., MD, PhD is Anna Lois Waters Endowed Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has served as Director of the UAB Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology since 2009. He is also the Director of the UAB Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone, and Autoimmunity Center. and Vice President of the Rheumatology Research Foundation. His research has been continuously funded by NIH and is focused largely on rheumatoid arthritis susceptibi...

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    Brown Ph.D., MPH, Elizabeth, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Buchsbaum Ph.D., Donald, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    My research is focused on the use of monoclonal antibodies that bind cancer cell surface receptors for cancer therapy in combination with chemotherapy agents, Wnt inhibitors, or radiation. This research involves investigation of the mechanisms of enhanced cytotoxicity produced by combination treatment. Orthotopic and metastatic breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer xenograft models are being used to optimize therapeutic regimens in collaboration with investigators from the Divisions of Gynecolo...

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    Bullard, Daniel, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Bullard received his undergraduate degree in zoology from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in genetics from Case Western Reserve University. During his postdoctoral studies in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, he initiated research investigating the role of leukocyte/endothelial cell adhesion molecules in inflammatory processes. He joined the Department of Genetics at UAB in 1996.

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    Casazza Ph.D., Krista, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Chambers, Melissa, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Chang Ph.D., Chenbei, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Chang Ph.D., Pi-Ling, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Chaplin M.D., Ph.D., David, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Chaplin completed his undergraduate education at Harvard University in 1973, then undertook graduate training in the MD/PhD program at Washington University, graduating in 1980. He completed two years of Internal Medicine Residency at U of Texas/Southwestern Medical School, Parkland Memorial Hospital. His post-doctoral research training was with Dr. J.G. Seidman in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, studying the genetics of the murine major histocompatibility complex. In 1...

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    Chatham MD, W. Winn, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Chatham's research program is focused on the biology of TNF family receptors and their ligands (including BLyS/BAFF) as these relate to disease expression in lupus and other inflammatory/autoimmune disorders. The therapeutic implication of these studies has been extended to current clinical studies that involve the use of monoclonal reagents and soluble receptors targeting BlyS/BAFF in patients with active systemic  lupus as well as their potential use in autoimmunity associated with immunod...

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    Chaudry, Irshad, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Irshad H. Chaudry was born on May 2, 1945. He received a B.S. as well as M.S. with honors from Sind University, and a Ph.D. from Monash University, Australia. After his postdoctoral training at Toronto University, Canada, he was an appointed as an Instructor and subsequently as an Assistant Professor at the Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. He then moved to Yale University as an Associate Professor and subsequently became a Professor. He moved to Michigan State Univer...

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    Chen Ph.D., Yabing, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Cofield, Stacey, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Collawn Ph.D., James, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Combs MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNL, ATC, Bryan, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Bryan Combs has been a faculty member at the UAB School of Nursing for one year. He has extensive experience in orthopedics as both a certified athletic trainer as well as a registered nurse. Mr. Combs currently teaches in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program and works as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the UAB School of Nursing Foundry clinic as his faculty practice. Mr. Combs has begun his doctoral work at the UAB School of Nursing and will be concentrating his education on occupational healt...

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    Cron MD, PhD, Randy, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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

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    Crossman, David, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Cure, Joel, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Joel K. Curé did his radiology residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire and fellowship at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York. His research interests include imaging of TMJ dysfunction, imaging of spinal cysts and applications of MRI CSF flow analysis. He has co-authored many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters including the popular Amirsys publications. He is a reviewer for Radiology, AJR and AJNR. He is also popular among residents and has received nume...

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    Curtis MD, MS, MPH, Jeffrey, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Jeffrey 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 Stanford...

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    Cutter, Gary, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Dalvi MD, Samir, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Dalvi’s research interests involve the role of environmental stimuli in the development of autoimmunity as well as the role of lead toxicity and gouty arthritis. In addition, he is planning to develop a vasculitis registry to investigate potential markers of disease activity in patients with vasculitis.

    Dr. Dalvi’s main clinical interests include the following: Giant cell/temporal arteritis, Takayasu’s arteritis, polymyalgia rheumatic (PMR), Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegene...

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    Danila MD, MSc, MSPH, Maria, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Danila is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). 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 two main areas: i) the design and evaluation of culturally-adapted and literacy-appropriate health care interventions that improve outcomes ...

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    Darley-Usmar Ph.D., Victor, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Davis M.D., Randall, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Descartes, Maria, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    I am a pediatrician and geneticist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I did my fellowship in genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, after which I accepted a faculty position in the Department of Genetics at UAB in 1991. I am board certified both by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Board of Medical Genetics in Clinical and Medical Biochemical Genetics. My clinical practice is primarily as a general geneticist with expertise in dysmorphology, skeletal...

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    Deshane Ph.D., Jessy, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Deutsch, Georg, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Duncan, Steven, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Eberhardt, Alan, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Alan W. Eberhardt, PhD, is Associate Dean for the UAB School of Engineering, and a Professor within the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

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    Eckhoff M.D., Devin, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Eckhoff received his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his medical diploma from the University of Minnesota. At the University of Wisconsin, he completed a general surgery residency, followed by a transplantation fellowship from 1986-1994. He joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994. In May 2003, he was appointed director of the Division of Transplantation at UAB and in 2004 he became a full professor. Dr. Eckhoff is a member of ...

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    Edberg Ph.D., Jeffrey, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Elmets M.D., Craig, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Elson III M.D., Charles, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Feldman, Dale, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Feng Ph.D., Xu, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Fernandez Ph.D., Jose, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Fontaine Ph.D., Kevin, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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 also serve as the Associate Director of the Physical Activity and Exercise Core of UAB’s Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC) and as an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Clinical and Molecular Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine...

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    Fouad M.D., M.P.H., Mona, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Frank M.D., Stuart, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Stuart J. Frank (b. 1958, Wilkes-Barre, PA), Professor of Medicine, Cell Biology, and Physiology, received his B.A. summa cum laude in 1980 as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his M.D. in 1984 from Harvard Medical School. After residency in Internal Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Frank began fellowship training at the National Institutes of health from 1987 to 1991. His research there in Dr. Richard Klausner’s laboratory focused on T-c...

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    Frolov Ph.D., Ilya, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Frolova Ph.D., Elena, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Gaffo, Angelo, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Garvey, W. Timothy, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Geisinger, Maria, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    George, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. James F. George is a Professor of Surgery for the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is a molecular and cellular biologist who has worked in the field of heart failure and transplantation for more than 20 years. He is actively involved in researching the basic biology of heart failure and transplant rejection, the development of new drugs, and clinical outcomes after cardiac surgery and transplantation.

    His studies are concentrated in transplantation immunobiology, particularly ...

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    Geurs, Nicolaas, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Gibson, Andrew, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Gilbert, Gregg, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Gilbert, Shawn, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Goepfert M.D., Paul, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Graham, Lauren, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Grizzle M.D., Ph.D., William, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Gutierrez, Orlando, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Hage, Fadi, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Hanaoka, Beatriz, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Hanaoka is conducting clinical studies to understand the reasons behind the decline in skeletal muscle function and physical activity in patients with rheumatic diseases, particularly in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Her research is primarily focused on understanding at a mechanistic level the metabolic and physiologic abnormalities of skeletal muscle in RA patients. More specifically, she is investigating if insulin resistance is an underlying cause of skeletal muscle dysfunction in RA patient...

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    Hardy Ph.D., Robert, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Harrington Ph.D., Laurie, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Harrod, Kevin, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Harshvardhan, Fnu, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Hartman IV M.D., John, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Hassan, Quamarul, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Hatton, Robin, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Hernandez, S, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Howard, George, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Hsu, Hui-Chen, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Hu Ph.D., Hui, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Hughes, Laura, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Hwangpo, Tracy, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Irvin, Marguerite, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Ithurburn, Matthew, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Javed Ph.D., Amjad, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Jones, Tony, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Keith (Tony) Jones received his Medical Degree from the University of Alabama (UA) School of Medicine in 1986. He completed an anesthesiology residency and postgraduate studies at Mayo Clinic, which included advanced training in Neuroanesthesia and a Postdoctoral NIH Research fellowship. Dr. Jones was a member of the faculty of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and practiced in the Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic for 15 year, and then served as the Alfred Habeeb Professor and C...

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    Jun, Ho-Wook, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Justement Ph.D., Louis, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Kabarowski Ph.D., Janusz, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Janusz H.S. Kabarowski received his B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry from University College London, UK. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree from the Leukaemia Research Fund centre at The Institute of Cancer Research (Chester Beatty Laboratories) in London in 1997. Dr. Kabarowski subsequently conducted postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Owen Witte at UCLA. Dr. Kabarowski joined the Department of Microbiology at UAB as an Assistant Professor in 2003 and has a secondary faculty appointment in the De...

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    Kappes Ph.D., John, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Kearney Ph.D., John, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Keeling, Kim, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Kesterson Ph.D., Robert, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Keyser Ph.D., Kent, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Khass, Mohamed, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Kimberly M.D., Robert, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Kitchin, Elizabeth, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Klug Ph.D., Christopher, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Koopman, William, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Korf M.D., Ph.D., Bruce, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Korf is Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Chair in Medical Genetics, Professor and Chair of the Department of Genetics, Director of the Heflin Center for Genomic Sciences at UAB, 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 Psychiatr...

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    Leavenworth Ph.D., Jianmei, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Lefkowitz Ph.D., Elliot, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Since 1992, I have played a significant role in the development and provision of bioinformatics support and resources at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). I am currently Director of Informatics for the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS), an NIH/NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award site; Director of the UAB AIDS Center (CFAR) Bioinformatics Facility; and Director of the Bioinformatics Core for the UAB Microbiome Facility. As Director of these Informat...

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    Leon-Ruiz Ph.D., Beatriz, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Levine, Deborah, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Lewis M.D., M.S.P.H., Cora, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Li Ph.D., Yi-Ping, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Louis, Patrick, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Lund Ph.D., Frances, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Mannon M.D., Peter, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Mannon, Roslyn, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Roslyn Bernstein Mannon is a Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Director of Research for the Comprehensive Transplant Institute. She is the first Endowed Professor of Transplant Clinical Research at UAB and interim chief of transplant nephrology. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and American Society of Transplantation. Dr. Mannon received her MD from Duke Unive...

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    Matalon, Sadis, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Mattheyses Ph.D., Alexa, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    McCormick, Kenneth, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    McLain, Amie, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Born in Coral Gables Florida. Attended University of Alabama for undergraduate degree in Microbiology, Attended University of Alabama (at Birmingham) for Medical School and residency. Completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a special interest in Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders

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    Michalek Ph.D., Suzanne, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Mobley Ph.D., James, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Morgan, Sarah, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr Morgan is a registered/licensed dietitian and an internist.

    Dr. Morgan's research program has been focused on methotrexate and folic acid metabolism in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Her work with Dr. Joseph E Baggott and members of the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology (Drs. Graciela Alarcon, Dr. William Koopman, Dr. S Louis Bridges, and Dr. Laura Hughes) have established the folic acid supplementation during low dose methotrexate therapy for rheumatoid arthr...

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    Mountz M.D., Ph.D., John, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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

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    Murphy-Ullrich Ph.D., Joanne, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Myers Ph.D., Richard, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Richard Myers, Ph.D., received his B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Alabama in 1977, his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and performed post-doctoral work at Harvard University. He began his first faculty position at the University of California at San Francisco in 1986 and moved his laboratory to Stanford University’s Department of Genetics in 1993. At Stanford, he was chair of the Department of Genetics and director of the Stanford Human Genome Cen...

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    Nahm M.D., Moon, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Nicholas, Anthony, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Novak M.Sc., Ph.D., Jan, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Ojesina M.D., Ph.D., Akinyemi, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Patrician PhD, RN, FAAN, Patricia, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Patricia A. Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professor in the UAB School of Nursing. She joined the UAB faculty in August 2008 after having served 26 years in the US Army Nurse Corps, where she held clinical, administrative, educational, and research positions. Her final position prior to military retirement was Chief, Department of Nursing Science, Academy of Health Sciences, Ft. Sam Houston (San Antonio), TX. At UAB, she teaches in the Nursing and Health Systems Admi...

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    Peng, Ji-Bin, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Raman, Chander, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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

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    Samant, Lalita, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Lalita Shevde-Samant, Ph.D.,is Associate Director for Education and Training for the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB and Professor in the Department of Pathology. She also is Director of the Cancer Biology Graduate Theme at UAB. Shevde-Samant received her Ph.D. in Cancer Immunology at the Cancer Research Institute, University of Bombay,India. Following postdoctoral training in the area of metastasis at the Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University and at UAB, she was on faculty at ...

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    Sanders M.D., Paul, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Sanderson Ph.D., Ralph, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Scarinci-Searles, Isabel, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Schroeder Jr, Harry, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Schwiebert Ph.D., Lisa, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Siegal M.D., Ph.D., Gene, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Standaert, David, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Szalai, Alexander, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Alexander J. Szalai, PhD (Alex) has a long history of excellence in research and a strong record of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, and various private foundations.. He is internationally recognized for his work on the biology of C-reactive protein and its contribution to the maintenance of health, the propagation of disease, and the tissue response to injury. In addition to his research activities, Alex has excelled at teaching and has made signific...

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    Sztul Ph.D., Elizabeth, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Elizabeth Sztul obtained a BS in Biology from Brooklyn College, CUNY, studying the ecology of marine arthropods and the renewing nature of the plant meristem. She initiated her graduate studies with a M.Sc. in Plant Physiology from University of Maryland, studying chloroplast biogenesis. She continued her graduate education in Cell Biology at Yale University School of Medicine, working on membrane trafficking pathways in the laboratory of Nobel Prize winner, Dr. George Palade, and was awarded a ...

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    Tang Ph.D., Jianming, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    As an immunologist by training, my ongoing research focuses on immunogenetic factors in several infectious diseases, especially HIV/AIDS.

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    Thannickal, Victor, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Thannickal is Professor of Medicine and the Ben Vaughan Branscomb Chair of Medicine in Respiratory Disease at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Following his fellowship training at Tufts University School of Medicine, he has held faculty positions at Tufts, University of Michigan and UAB, where he currently serves as director of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. Under his leadership, the division has grown to over 65 faculty members and expanded its...

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    Timares Ph.D., Laura, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Laura Timares is an Associate Professor in the Division of Hematology-Oncology in the School of Medicine who recently transferred (2017) from Department of Dermatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She obtained both her undergraduate (BA Biology) and graduate degrees (Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology School of Medicine) from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Her postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology (1991-1993) and Cedars Sinai Me...

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    Tollefsbol Ph.D., Trygve, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Tollefsbol is a professor of Biology and a senior scientist in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, and the Comprehensive Diabetes Center. He is director of the UAB Cell Senescence Culture Facility, which he established in 1999.

    Dr. Tollefsbol holds doctorate degrees in molecular biology and osteopathic medicine and has published over 120 articles related to the fields of epigenetics, telomerase, aging, and c...

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    Wang, Shu-Zhen, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Watts, Stephen, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Stephen Watts began his career in aquatic science in the 9th grade, when he became enthusiastically interested in all things aquatic. Having completed degrees in marine and aquatic biology, he joined UAB in 1987, and has developed a strong program in aquatic and marine science. His interests include basic science, as well as applied science (aquaculture) and subsequently medical application of aquatic animal models.

    He is widely known as an expert in aquatic nutrition science, and h...

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    Weaver M.D., Casey, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Welner Ph.D., Robert, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

    I received my PhD degree in Immunology and Microbiology from University of Oklahoma with Dr. Paul Kincade. I later moved to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School for my post-doctoral training with Dr. Daniel Tenen.

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    Willig, James, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Yang, George, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

    George Yang, MD, PhD, went to undergraduate and medical school at Northwestern University. He earned his PhD in molecular genetics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his residency in general surgery at Stanford University. He remained on faculty at Stanford until coming to UAB in 2018. He is a member of the Association for Academic Surgery, the Society of University Surgeons, of which he is a past-President, and the American Surgical Association, and a member of the Editorial...

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    Yoder Ph.D., Bradley, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Bradley K. Yoder, Professor , completed his undergraduate studies in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (B.S. 1988), and received a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Maryland in 1993. His postdoctoral studies were performed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Rick Woychik where Dr. Yoder was an Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow. His research over the past two decades has fo...

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    Younger, Jarred, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Yuen, Hon, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Yun Ph.D., Huifeng, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Zajac Ph.D., Allan, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Zayzafoon M.D., Ph.D., Majd, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Majd Zayzafoon, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology. He serves as the Director of the UAB-Center for Metabolic Bone Disease (UAB-CMBD), is Co-Director of the NIH P30 UAB Core Center for Basic and Translational Skeletal Research, and is PI of the NIH T32 Comprehensive Training Program in Bone Biology and Disease. Majd Zayzafoon was born in Birmingham and grew up in Norwich, England. He went to medical school at Damascus University, Syria where he obtained his MD degr...

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