Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center

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    Dell'Italia, Louis, Co-Director 2013 -

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    Prabhu, Sumanth, Director 2012 -

    Dr. Prabhu received a BS degree in Science from Penn State University and his MD degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He did internal medicine residency and a basic research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh and cardiovascular disease fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He was a cardiology faculty there as well as at the University of Louisville, before his arrival to UAB as Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease. At ...

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    Agarwal M.D., Anupam, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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 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, teaching, ...

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    Al Solaiman, Firas, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Amor, Martin Miguel, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Anderson, Peter, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Andrikopoulou, Efstathia, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Arora, Garima, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Arora, Pankaj, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Bajaj, Navkaranbir, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Bajaj, Navkaranbir, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Ballinger Ph.D., Scott, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Baskin Ph.D., Monica, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Berry, Joel, Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Bittner, Vera, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Booker, Oscar, Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Brott, Brigitta, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Brown, Todd, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Calhoun, David, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Chapman, Gregory, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Gregory D. Chapman MD, FACC is a Professor of Medicine/Cardiovascular Disease at UAB. He has published research papers in Circulation, Circulation Research, and the American Journal of Cardiology. His commentary and letters have appeared in the American Journal of Medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the New York Times. When not attending on the CCU and cardiology service at University Hospital, he enjoys seeing patients with cardiovascular issues at The Kirklin Clinic and the U...

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    Chatham D.Phil., John, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Chatterjee, Arka, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Interventional cardiologist with keen interest in both imaging and procedural aspects of structural and adult congenital heart disease. Also interested in quality improvement in the cath lab especially with respect to patient safety.

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    Cribbs, Marc, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Dabal, Robert, Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Dr. Dabal is an Associate Professor of surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Chief of the Section of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. He holds the A.D. Pacifico, M.D., Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery.

    Dr. Dabal is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, Jefferson County Medical Society and the Medical Assoc...

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    Darley-Usmar Ph.D., Victor, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Davies Jr, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    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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    Doppalapudi, Harish, Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Durant, Raegan, Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Eberhardt, Alan, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Fan, Pohoey, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Fast, Vladimir, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Faul Ph.D., Christian, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    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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    George, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Hage, Fadi, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Haj Asaad, Ayman, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Halade, Ganesh, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Hamid, Tariq, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Hawi, Riem, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Hillegass, William, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Hillegass is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Cardiovascular Division and holds a secondary appointment as an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics. In addition to general and invasive cardiovascular practice, Dr. Hillegass is a clinical investigator. Using research methods ranging from prospective randomized trials to secondary data-analyses, his applied research includes antithrombotic therapies, acute coronary syndromes, peripheral vascular diseases, cardiovascular diseases in d...

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    Holman, William, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Dr. Holman trained in general and cardiothoracic surgery at Duke University under Dr. David Sabiston. During his residency, he performed research in the laboratory of Dr. James Cox. Dr. Holman was an instructor in cardiac surgery at UAB under Dr. Albert Pacifico and joined the faculty in 1988. Since that time, Dr. Holman has performed adult cardiothoracic operations at UAB and the Birmingham VA Medical Center. In addition, he worked in several areas of research including cardiac arrhythmias, isc...

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    Howard, Virginia, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Hyndman, Kelly, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Ideker, Raymond, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Jackson, Elizabeth, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Joly, Joanna, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Dr. Joanna M. Joly returned to UAB in July 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Section in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease. She is originally from the Washington, DC metropolitan area, and received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2011. She completed an Internal Medicine residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and affiliated sites including the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Inova Fairfax...

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    Jun, Ho-Wook, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Kim, Joonseok, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Kirklin, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Lal, Hind, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Lenneman, Andrew, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Lenneman, Carrie, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Litovsky, Silvio, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Liu, Xiaoguang, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Lloyd, Steven, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Lloyd received his BS from Auburn University and his MD (1997) and Ph.D. (Physics, 1996) from Emory University. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease, with emphasis on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, in 2004. After completing fellowship, Dr. Lloyd joined the faculty at UAB as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease. He is currently Professor of Medicine and Ra...

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    Maddox, William, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    McElwee, Samuel, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Samuel McElwee, MD, FACC is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine in 2010. He completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine and subsequently went on to complete fellowships in both Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. McElwee’s clinical interest include cardiogenic shock, temporary mechanical circulatory sup...

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    Messina Ph.D., Joseph, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Mohamed Ismahil, Mohamed Ameen, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Namakkal Soorappan, Rajasekaran, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Nanda, Navin, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Oparil, Suzanne, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Orihuela, Carlos, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    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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    Pamboukian, Salpy, Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Payne, Gregory, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Perry, Gilbert, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Vice Director for Clinical Services, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, UAB. Oversee, organize and direct all clinical activities in the division of cardiology, oversee divisional quality and safety activities, and assist in faculty recruitment.
    General cardiologist with interest in heart failure, valvular heart disease, hypertension, primary and secondary prevention of coronary artery disease.

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    Pflederer, Matthew, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Pflederer joined the Division of Cardiovascular Disease at UAB in August 2019 as an Assistant Professor. He completed medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine in 2013. He went on to complete his Internal Medicine training at University of Colorado as well as the University of Kansas, where he finished in 2016. He completed his Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City/Saint-Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in 2019. Dr. Pflederer has rece...

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    Plumb, Vance, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Pollard, Andrew, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Pollock, David, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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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    Pollock, Jennifer, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Rajapreyar, Indranee, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Rogers, William, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Dr Rogers received his AB degree in Biochemistry from Princeton University and MD degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He did internal medicine residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, served two years in the U. S. Army Medical Corps in Vietnam and in El Paso, Texas, and then completed a fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Alabama Medical Center in 1975. He has since remained at UAB, has been Professor of Medicine since 1984 and served as Director of the Coronary Ca...

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    Rowe, Glenn, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Rudraraju, Ramaraju, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Rudraraju is a health informatics researcher with extensive experience in designing software and database architecture for longitudinal patient registries. His current research is focused on applying machine learning and natural language processing to discover valuable insights from healthcare data.

    During his graduate studies, Dr. Rudraraju worked as a lead developer on a research project funded by Google to develop a voice-activated interface to enable children with cerebral palsy...

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    Saag, Kenneth, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Sanders M.D., Paul, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Sasse, Mark, Scientist (C) 2012 -

    I have vast experience in interventional cardiology and in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). I have performed hundreds of percutaneous interventions in the last year including extensive experience in intravascular ultrasound and fractional flow reserve measurement. Accurate non-angiographic assessment of coronary artery disease is essential for the success of this project. I am also one of four interventional cardiologists who participate in the TAVR. Over the past three years our ...

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    Sethu, Palaniappan, Scientist (C) 2013 -

    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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    Shah, Ruchit, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Shah came to UAB in August 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease. He is a native of Alabama and completed his medical degree from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL in 2011. Dr. Shah completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2014 followed by a Cardiology fellowship in 2017 at Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in Augusta, GA. During his cardiology fellowship, he served as the Glenn Garrison...

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    Shikany Dr.P.H., James, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Tallaj, Jose, Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Thannickal, Victor, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Urthaler, Ferdinand, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Verma, Suresh, Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    von Mering, Gregory, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Walcott, Gregory, Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Wende, Adam, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

    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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    Xie, Min, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Xing, Dongqi, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Dr. Xing received her medical degree in 1995 and a Masters in Pathophysiology in 1998 from Xian Medical University, Xian, China. In 2001 she received her Ph.D. in Pathology and Pathophysiology from Peking University, Beijing, China. She then came to UAB as a postdoctoral fellow in the Program of Vascular Biology & Hypertension and in 2008 she was promoted to Assistant Professor. She has authored or co-authored 15 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and has received many honors from nation...

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    Yamada, Takumi, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Young, Martin, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Martin Young received his Bachelors, Masters, PhD degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford. Following postdoctoral training at Boston University and the University of Texas-Houston, Dr. Young held faculty appointments at the University of Texas-Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, before joining the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Young is currently a Professor of Medicine, Vice-Director for Research in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease, and Section Chief for...

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    Zhang, Jay, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Zhou, Lufang, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

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