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    Ovalle, Fernando, Associate Director 2017 -

    Dr. Ovalle is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. In addition to maintaining a large and busy clinical practice, he serves as the Director of the Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic, and Director of Diabetes and Glycemic Control Programs at UAB Hospital. Also, he is the Director of the Diabetes & Endocrine Clinical Research Unit, and the Program Director for the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism at UAB.
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    Shalev, Anath, Director 2011 -

  • Faculty Center Appointments

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    Abdullatif, Hussein, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Affuso, Olivia, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Agarwal M.D., Anupam, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Agarwal, Monica, Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Allon, Michael, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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

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    Arend M.D., Rebecca, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

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

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    Arguello, Carlos, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Carlos Arguello, MD, FACE, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He is the Medical Director of the Endocrinology Clinic at the Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital where he has a very active clinical practice. He is also involved in medical education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine where he is a Clinical Scholar. Dr. Arguell...

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    Arora, Pankaj, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Ashraf, Ambika, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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) 2017 -

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    Atchison, Joycelyn, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Austad, Steven, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    I am originally from Southern California, but my family moved a lot, so I lived in every part of the United States before heading to college. After gaining an English Literature degree, I had a variety of jobs — newspaper reporter, taxi driver, wild animal trainer.... Training lions for the movie business awakened my interest in biology, so I went back to school, eventually getting my Ph.D. in biology.

    My early research was field-based. I have done field research in several parts of the...

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    Bae Ph.D., Sejong, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Bailey, Shannon, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Ballinger Ph.D., Scott, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Bamman, Marcas, Senior Scientist (C) 2010 -

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    Banerjee, Ronadip, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    The Banerjee laboratory is studying how hormones regulate metabolism, with a particular focus on glucose homeostasis. We use the pancreatic beta-cell as our model system. These amazing cells sense and integrate inputs from numerous hormones and metabolites to regulate secretion of hormones, including insulin, that in turn regulate metabolism in many tissues. Beta-cell failure to produce sufficient insulin underlies the development of diabetes mellitus.

    Our work has demonstrated a cr...

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    Barnes Ph.D., Stephen, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Baskin Ph.D., Monica, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Bebok, Zsuzsanna, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

    MAJOR RESEARCH INTERESTS
    1) Membrane protein biogenesis in epithelial cells
    a. Endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation (ERAD)
    b. ER quality control (EQC)
    c. The unfolded protein response (UPR)
    2) Gene expression regulation by the UPR
    a. The mechanisms of UPR-associated transcriptional repression
    b. The mechanisms of the UPR-activated ERAD
    c. UPR activated micro-RNAs
    d. The role of miRNAs in the regulation of ER protein influx during the UPR.
    e. The r...

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    Bevensee, Mark, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Bhatnagar, Sushant, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Bibb, James, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    James Bibb received bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors from Murray State University and the University of Kentucky, respectively. He worked in the Cell Biology and Physiology Department at Washington University in St. Louis before completing his doctorate in cellular and developmental biology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His doctoral thesis characterized the poliovirus receptor protein in Eckard Wimmer’s laboratory. Dr. Bibb’s postdoctoral training was conducted i...

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    Biga, Peggy, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Peggy Biga is a broadly trained comparative endocrine physiologist, with primary research interests focusing on the mechanisms regulating growth patterns in animals. Her research questions revolve around what molecular and epigenetic mechanisms regulate skeletal muscle proliferation, differentiation, and atrophy. She uses comparative biology to understand the plasticity of regulatory mechanisms and how they translate to variability in overall organismal growth.

    For example, most, an...

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    Bittner, Vera, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Boggiano, Mary, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Bowen PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, Pamela, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Bowen has more than 14 years of experience as an FNP. Her patient population has been predominantly African Americans with obesity-related chronic illnesses, such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. She has personally witnessed the struggles people with limited resources face as it relates to adopting healthier lifestyle behaviors. Because of her research interest and clinical nursing experience, she is cognizant that reducing obesity health disparities among African Ame...

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    Brott, Brigitta, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Brumfield, Cynthia, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Cynthia Brumfield, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, board-certified in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, has been on faculty at UAB for 34 years. Now she serve primarily as a clinician-educator, but has done research in prenatal diagnosis, obstetrical ultrasound, and medical complications in pregnancy. Her clinical duties predominantly involve performing and interpreting fetal ultrasound. She also provides prenatal care and deliveries for women with high-risk pregnancies. She is the Medical Di...

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    Bullard, Daniel, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Calhoun, David, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Carson Ph.D., Tiffany, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Carson, April, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Chandler-Laney, Paula, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Chatham D.Phil., John, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Chattopadhyay Ph.D., Debasish, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

    Dr. Debasish Chattopadhyay received his BS in Chemistry and MS in Biochemistry from Calcutta University, India. He obtained Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Jadavpur University, India in 1989. He conducted his postdoctoral research at the Upjohn Company in Michigan. This work was part of an NIH funded collaborative effort involving several academic institutions and pharmaceutical industries for the discovery of potent antiretroviral drugs. Dr. Chattopadhyay's work focussed on the structure-functio...

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    Chaudry, Irshad, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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 M.D., Herbert, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

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

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    Chen Ph.D., Yabing, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Chen, Ching-Yi, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Chen, Junqin, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Chen, Yiu-Fai, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Chen, Yu-Ying, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Cherrington, Andrea, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Clay, Olivio, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Cooper, David, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    David Cooper studied medicine at Guy’s Hospital Medical School in London (now merged with King’s College London). He subsequently trained in general and cardiothoracic surgery in Cambridge and London, interrupting this training to carry out research for the PhD degree. He was present at the first heart transplant in the UK in 1968, and a member of the team that initiated the heart transplant program at Papworth Hospital in 1979. Between 1972 and 1980, he was a Fellow and Director of Studies in M...

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    Couto, Maria, Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Crowe, Michael, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Dr. Crowe is a native of Jacksonville, Alabama, and returned to his home state for a clinical internship at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and UAB School of Medicine. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in gerontology and neuropsychology before joining the faculty at UAB. He is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialization in clinical geropsychology.

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    Darley-Usmar Ph.D., Victor, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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, Susan, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Davis M.D., Randall, Scientist (C) 2013 -

    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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    Davis, Richard, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Richard Davis is currently a Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and board certified in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He has been a faculty member at UAB for 40 years. After graduating from the Medical College of Georgia, he completed an OB/GYN residency at UAB in 1973-1977, and Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UAB 1979-1981. He has special interests in ultrasonography, preterm labor, multiple gestations, and medical complications of pregnancy.

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    DeBerry, Jennifer, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Deluca, Maria, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Dreer, Laura, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Durant, Nefertiti, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Durant, Raegan, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Dutton Ph.D., Gareth, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Dwivedi, Yogesh, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Eckhoff M.D., Devin, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Faul Ph.D., Christian, Scientist (C) 2018 -

    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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    Feng, Wenguang, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Fernandez Ph.D., Jose, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Fineberg, Samuel, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Fisher, Gordon, Scientist (C) 2013 -

    Scholarship

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

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    I am an active member of the American College of Sport...

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    Fobian, Aaron, Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Aaron D. Fobian earned her B.A. in Psychology from Samford University in 2008 and her Ph.D. in Clinical/Medical Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013. She completed her clinical internship at Baylor College of Medicine in 2013, and in 2014 she completed her psychology post-doctoral fellowship in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Medicine (LEAH) program in the Department of Pediatrics at UAB. Currently she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at...

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    Fontaine Ph.D., Kevin, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

    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, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Franklin, Frank, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Frazier, Marcela, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Dr. Marcela Frazier is originally from Colombia, South America. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Pediatrics. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Molecular Biology. She went to the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, where she completed a Doctor of Optometry degree, and a pediatric residency. She also completed a Master’s degree in Public Health in ...

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    Fu, Yuchang, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Fuller, Catherine, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Funkhouser Dr.P.H., Ellen, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Gamble, Karen, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Garvey, W. Timothy, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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) 2011 -

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    Gilbert, Gregg, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Gilbert, Shawn, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Goepfert, Alice, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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

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    Goss, Amy, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Gower Ph.D., Barbara, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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

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    Grams, Jayleen, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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

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    Gutierrez, Orlando, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Habegger, Kirk, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Hage, Fadi, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Halade, Ganesh, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Halanych, Jewell, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Hanaoka, Beatriz, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    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, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Harper, Lorie, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

    Lorie Harper is an Associate Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She simultaneously completed two Bachelor of Science degrees, summa cum laude, in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas. She then went on to complete her medical degree, residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Washington University in St Louis. During that time she also completed her Maste...

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    Hartman IV M.D., John, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Hidalgo, Bertha, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Howard, George, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Howard, Virginia, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Hunter, Chad, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Irvin, Marguerite, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Iskandrian, Ami, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Javed Ph.D., Amjad, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Jing, Gu, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Jun, Ho-Wook, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Justement Ph.D., Louis, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Kabarowski Ph.D., Janusz, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Kearney Ph.D., John, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Kennedy, Richard, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Kesterson Ph.D., Robert, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Kew II, Clifton, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Kim, Jeonga, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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

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    Kimberlin, Debora, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Deborah Kimberlin , Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, has been a faculty member at UAB for over 20 years. She is a clinician-educator and serves as Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic. Her clinical duties predominately involve providing personal prenatal care to women with high- risk pregnancies, supervising the Labor and Delivery Unit, and performing fetal ultrasound. Her educational rol...

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    Kohler, Connie, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Lee PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, Loretta, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Lee is a Family Nurse Practitioner with more than 15 years experience. Most of her practice experience has been with disadvantaged urban populations. She has both clinical and management experience. Her clinical background includes: GI surgery, diabetes, cardiology, telemetry, & ICU. She is passionate about addressing the high incidence of type 2 diabetes due to changing lifestyles, genetic predisposition, and obesity. Collectively these factors increase the risks for cardiometabolic disea...

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    Levitan, Emily, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Lewis M.D., M.S.P.H., Cora, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Li PhD, Peng, Scientist (C) 2018 -

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

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    Li, Li, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Lingasubramanian, Karthikeyan, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Lloyd, Steven, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Locher Ph.D., Julie, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Locher accepted a position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care within the Department of Medicine in 1992 as a Research Associate working on National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded projects with prominent aging researchers; earned her PhD in Medical Sociology from UAB in 1999; was promoted to Research Assistant Professor in 2000; earned an MSPH in Health Policy and Outcomes from UAB in 2005; and was promoted to a ...

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    Lund Ph.D., Frances, Scientist (C) 2013 -

    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, Roslyn, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Marshall, Caroline, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Mazzoni, Sara, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Sara Mazzoni is a board-certified Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been faculty at UAB since 2016. The majority of her clinical time is spent on labor and delivery, however, she also serves as the director of the group prenatal care clinic for women with gestational diabetes in our Obstetrics Complications Clinic. Her research and educational interests include healthcare delivery models, such as group prenatal care, and perinatal mental health. Additionally, she serves a...

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    McCormick, Kenneth, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    McGuire, Brendan, Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    McGwin, Gerald, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Mehta, Tapan, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Messina Ph.D., Joseph, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Mick, Gail, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Mirov, Sergey, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Morrison PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, Shannon, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Associate Professor at the UAB School of Nursing and teaches across all academic levels (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral). She is a family nurse practitioner and currently serves on the Executive Board Member (Treasurer) of the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama. Dr. Morrison's translational research is aimed to explore how diet, specifically added sugar, and obesity influence cardiometabolic disease onset/prevalence, inflammation, and cognitive impairment in aging adults.

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    Nagareddy, Prabhakara, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Prabha Nagareddy obtained his B. Pharm and M. Pharm degrees from Bangalore University (1998) and RGUHS (2001) respectively from Bangalore, India. He then spent a year working as a pharmacologist in a pharmaceutical company before moving to Canada. In the fall of 2002, he joined the laboratory of Dr. John McNeill at the University of British Columbia and received his MSc (2004) and PhD (2009) degrees. Since his graduate training, Dr. Nagareddy is interested in understanding the molecular path...

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

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    Oparil, Suzanne, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Oster Ph.D., Robert, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Ovalle, Fernando, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Dr. Ovalle is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. In addition to maintaining a large and busy clinical practice, he serves as the Director of the Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic, and Director of Diabetes and Glycemic Control Programs at UAB Hospital. Also, he is the Director of the Diabetes & Endocrine Clinical Research Unit, and the Program Director for the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism at UAB.
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    Patterson, Mark, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    After two years in private practice, Dr. Patterson joined the faculty at UAB in 2003 as assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2013. Originally from Tuscaloosa, Ala., Dr. Patterson calls Clemson, S.C., —where his parents were college professors—his home. He attended Furman University for undergraduate education and graduated with honors. Upon graduation from Furman, he completed his medical education at Bowman Gray School of Medicine (currently Wake Forest University Medi...

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    Plaisance, Eric, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

    Dr. Plaisance is an Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Plaisance has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Obesity and Metabolism. He is currently Graduate Program Director of the Masters in Exercise Physiology and Undergraduate Honors Program Director.

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    Pogwizd, Steven, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Pollock, David, 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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    Prabhu, Sumanth, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

    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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    Reddy M.D., Sushanth, Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Dr. Sushanth Reddy joined the faculty of the UAB Department of Surgery Division of Surgical Oncology in 2012 as an Assistant Professor. He also serves in the role of Associate Scientist in the Experimental Therapeutics Program at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    An active clinician and researcher, Dr. Reddy’s focus is hepatopancreatobiliary surgery and the therapy and study of pancreatic cancers. He both publishes and lectures regarding his clinical research and findings. His most r...

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    Rosenthal, Richard, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Dr. Rosenthal received his BA in Zoology from The University of Texas at Austin and MD from UAB Medical School. He trained in Internal Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center. He completed his Endocrinology Fellowship at UAB. Dr. Rosenthal is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and has served as clinic director from 1999 to 2011. He served as Chief of Staff for The Kirklin Clinic from 2011-2014. Currently, he is the Associate Chief Medical Of...

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    Saag M.D., Michael, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    I am Associate Dean for Global Health in the School of Medicine, Director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research and a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. I am also the principal investigator of the CFAR Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS), an NIAID-funded National Network of EMR-collected clinical data at 8 CFAR centers that are merged for the purposes of clinical research. I am the founding director of the UAB 1917 HIV Clinic, which has pioneered treatment pro...

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    Samant, Lalita, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Scarinci-Searles, Isabel, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Schwiebert Ph.D., Lisa, Scientist (C) 2013 -

    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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    Shelton, Richard, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

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

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    Sorge, Robert, Scientist (C) 2013 -

    Born in a little hamlet in rural Canada, I have spent the majority of my life in the north. I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 2000 under the supervision of Dr. Geoff Galef (environmental enrichment), a Master’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada under Dr. Linda Parker (THC and nausea, 2001) and a PhD from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2006 under Dr. Jane Stewart (heroin and cocaine addiction).

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    Sun, Liou, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Sun's laboratory is exploring the genetic control of aging in mammals and vertebrates. We are studying the endocrine mechanisms and nutritional factors for their effects on longevity and aging.

    The physiological role of the somatotropic axis in the control of aging in mammals and vertebrates
    The dietary factors on aging and longevity: calorie restriction vs. methionine restriction
    Interventions studies of age-related diseases such as Diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease

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    Szalai, Alexander, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

    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) 2013 -

    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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    Talley PhD, CRNP, ACNP-BC, Michele, Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Dr. Talley leads a team of talented faculty for the MSN Program at UAB. Her experience in diabetes and cardiac, thoracic, and vascular surgery yield many opportunities to share with students. Her current endeavors will include teaching, maintaining a practice for diabetes care, and focusing her research on diabetes care, interprofessional teams, and care of the uninsured.

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    Tollefsbol Ph.D., Trygve, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Turan, Bulent, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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

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    Unlap, M. Tino, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Vaughan, Tom, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Vayalil Ph.D., Praveen, Member (C) 2016 -

    The primary focus of Dr. Vayalil's research is to investigate changes in cellular metabolism or mitochondrial bioenergetics during different stages of development and its implications in the process of breast and prostate carcinogenesis. Major emphasis is on how cellular metabolic or bioenergetic changes during development alter the risk or increase the susceptibility to cancer and within tumor allows cancer cells to adapt to ever-changing micro-environment as tumor grows, invade and metastasize...

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    Wallace, Eric, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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

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    Weech-Maldonado PhD, MBA, Robert, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Robert Weech-Maldonado, MBA, PhD was appointed to the L.R. Jordan Endowed Chair in Health Administration in 2008 by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. He is a Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration. Dr. Weech-Maldonado is a national authority in health disparities, cultural competency tools for healthcare organizations, racial and ethnic differences in patient experiences with care, and long-term care. Imparting this expertise to students, researchers and healthc...

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    Willig, Amanda, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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

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    Xie, Min, Scientist (C) 2018 -

    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, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Xu, Guanlan, Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Loss of functional beta cell mass is a hallmark of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. However, the mechanism that mediates this process has not been elucidated, and corresponding therapies have not been developed. MicroRNAs are ~ 22-nt small RNAs that mediate post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. Dr. Xu found that diabetes induces the beta cell miR-204, which in turn represses insulin transcription by targeting and inhibiting the insulin transcription factor MAFA. His work also showe...

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    Yoder Ph.D., Bradley, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Young, Martin, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Zayzafoon M.D., Ph.D., Majd, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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