O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center

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    Sejong Bae Ph.D., Director 2019 -

    Dr. Bae leads the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Facility at UAB. He leads the biostatistics and bioinformatics core of the Cervical Cancer Specialized Programs of Research Excellence with Johns Hopkins University and the Morehouse School of Medicine/Tuskegee University/UAB CCC Partnership (U54CA118948) and serves as a senior biostatistician on numerous projects including Rxr Rexinoids for Cancer Chemoprevention (P01CA210946) and UAB Research Center of...

  • Center Members - Faculty

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    Adam Kole, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Adam Wende, Scientist (C) 2020 -

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

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    Amitkumar Mehta M.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    I am currently assistant professor and associate scientist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center (UABCCC). I am board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology. My focus of interest is LYMPHOMA (Hodgkin lymphoma, Non Hodgkin lymphoma-T cell and B cell lymphomas). I specialize in treatments all types of lymphoma in my clinic. I am also involved in lymphoma related research, which includes genomic and proteomic (gene and protein related) studies in va...

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    Andre Ballesteros-Tato Ph.D., 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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    Andrzej Kulczycki Ph.D., Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Anju Bansal, Scientist (C) 2020 -

    Dr. Bansal's research interest focuses on adaptive T-cell responses in HIV-1 transmission and pathogenesis. She's especially interested in understanding the role of HIV-1 specific CD8 and CD4 T-cells and their interplay with the host genetics in influencing the course of HIV-1 disease. This basic information is imperative for HIV-1 vaccine design as the correlates of immune protection are yet unknown. She is also interested in studying the role of T cell in HIV associated cancers.

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    Anna Sorace, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Anupam Agarwal M.D., Senior 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 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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    Aparna Hegde, Associate Scientist and Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Arie Nakhmani Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Arun Paul, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Ashley Holder, Associate Scientist (C) 2020 -

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    Barbara Gower Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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

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    Benjamin Larimer, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Benjamin Wei, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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

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    Bin Ren, Scientist (C) 2018 -

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

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    Bo-Ruei Chen, Associate Scholar (C) 2020 -

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

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    Braden McFarland Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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

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    Bradley Yoder Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 1998 -

    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. He completed his postdoctoral studies 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 focus...

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    Brandon Rocque M.D., Scientist (C) 2019 -

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

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    Brenessa Lindeman M.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Brenessa Lindeman is a native of Kentucky, receiving her M.D. from Vanderbilt, and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. She did her residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins University and completed a fellowship in endocrine surgery at the Harvard/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her clinical interests include thyroid cancer, benign thyroid disease, hyperparathyroidism, adrenal disease and surgical treatment of inherited endocrine syndromes.

    Dr. Lindeman has distinguished herself as a...

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    Brittany Lasseigne, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Bruce Korf M.D., Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2003 -

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

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    Casey Morrow Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Casey Weaver M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Chad Petit Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Champion Deivanayagam Ph.D., Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Charles Elson III M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

    Dr. Elson received his M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, trained in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital/Cornell, then did his Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Chicago.  After doing full-time research in immunology at N.I.H., he joined the Faculty of the Division of Gastroenterology at the Medical College of Virginia.  He moved to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to become Director of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology,  and subsequently served a...

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    Charles Turnbough Jr., Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Chenbei Chang Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Christian Faul Ph.D., 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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    Christie Brouillette Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Christopher Klug Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Christopher Willey M.D., Ph.D., Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Conway Huang M.D., Scientist (C) 2019 -

    My primary expertise is in the area of skin cancer. My work has concentrated in this area since 1998. I am skilled at presenting patients with the latest evidence-based treatments and at guiding them to the option that suits them best. I am also knowledgeable about specific issues that skin cancer patients face and am well versed at informing patients of these and helping them deal with them

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    Cora Lewis M.D., M.S.P.H., Senior Scientist (C) 2005 -

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    Craig Elmets M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 1997 -

    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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    Igor Chesnokov Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    James Cimino MD, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Namasivayam Ambalavanan M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Nilam Banerjee Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Paul Benson, Scientist (C) 2020 -

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

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

    Dr. Bae leads the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Facility at UAB. He leads the biostatistics and bioinformatics core of the Cervical Cancer Specialized Programs of Research Excellence with Johns Hopkins University and the Morehouse School of Medicine/Tuskegee University/UAB CCC Partnership (U54CA118948) and serves as a senior biostatistician on numerous projects including Rxr Rexinoids for Cancer Chemoprevention (P01CA210946) and UAB Research Center of...

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    Susan Bellis Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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