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    Brown, Cynthia, Director 2014 -

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    Echt, Katharina, Associate Professor (P) 2016 -

  • Faculty Center Appointments

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    Acton, Ronald, Senior Scientist (C) 1984 -

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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 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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    Anantharamaiah, Gattadahalli, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Austad, Steven, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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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    Azuero PhD, MBA, Andres, Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Dr. Azuero's focus is on the design, management, and analysis of clinical trials and health interventions, and the use of statistical and machine learning techniques for modeling personalized treatment response and observational data. He specializes in a broad spectrum of classical statistical and machine learning techniques. He collaborates in several research projects within and outside UAB.

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

    Dr. Bae leads the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Facility at UAB. He leads the biostatistics 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 senior biostatistician on numerous projects including Rxr Rexinoids for Cancer Chemoprevention (P01CA210946) and UAB Research Center of Excellence in Arseni...

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    Baker DNP, CRNP, GNP-BC, ANP-BC, FAANP, Natalie, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Dr. Natalie Baker has been a nurse practitioner for 24 years. Her area of interest is caring for frail older adults in long term care settings. She is actively involved in local and national organizations promoting evidence based initiatives for this patient population. She is the coordinator of the adult/gerontology primary nurse practitioner specialty track and maintains a clinical practice at a long term care facility.

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    Bakitas DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, Marie, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

    Dr. Marie Bakitas is internationally recognized in pain and palliative care science. Focused on reducing suffering and enhancing quality of life for persons with advanced illness and family caregivers--especially in rural areas--her early tele-health palliative care model ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), has led to practice and policy changes. She is disseminating ENABLE for cancer and heart failure patients in the Deep South and Veteran populations. Her research, mentorship ...

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    Ball, Karlene, Senior Scientist (C) 1996 -

    Dr. Karlene Ball, University Professor and experimental psychologist, is the Director of the UAB Edward R. Roybal Center for Research on Applied Gerontology, funded by the National Institute on Aging, Associate Director of the university-wide Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging (formerly the Center for Aging), Associate Director of the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education, Professor in the Department of Neurobiology, a Senior Scientist in the Vision Research Center, a ...

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

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    Bamman, Marcas, Senior Scientist (C) 1998 -

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    Barnes Ph.D., Stephen, Senior Scientist (C) 1999 -

    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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    Barstow, Elizabeth, Associate Scientist (C) 2005 -

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    Bartolucci, Alfred, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Beasley, Timothy, Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Biga, Peggy, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    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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    Booth, Katrina, Scientist (C) 2013 -

    Dr. Booth is an Assistant Professor of medicine and a clinician-educator. Her clinical roles include inpatient geriatric medicine consultation. She is the Medical Director of the UAB Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit and director of the geriatric medicine consult service. Dr. Booth also serves as the director for the UAB Geriatric Medicine Fellowship. In addition to practicing clinical geriatrics, Dr. Booth precepts the internal medicine residents in the resident VA continuity clinic and attends ...

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    Bowen PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, Pamela, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Bowen has been a certified family nurse practitioner since 2000. 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 ...

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    Bowman, Ella, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Bowman holds dual certification in both Geriatric Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. A clinician educator, her interests intersect frail hospitalized elderly, cognitive impairment & hospital acquired delirium, communication in medicine, and unmet palliative needs in older adults with complex chronic illnesses.  She is a member of the American Geriatrics Society Ethnogeriatrics Committee and also serves on the External Guidelines & Practice Recommendations Subcommittee of the AGS Cli...

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    Bradley, Virginia, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Bridges Jr, S. Louis, Associate Scientist (C) 1995 -

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

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    Brown, Cynthia, Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Bueschen, Anton, Senior Scientist (C) 1994 -

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    Buford, Thomas, Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Dr. Buford joined the UAB School of Medicine’s Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics & Palliative Care as an associate professor and as associate director of the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine (UCEM), and also as Coinvestigator in Mobile Technology Laboratory and in Admin-C. Dr. Buford’s research focus is in preserving the health and independence of older adults through interdisciplinary research broadly related to the prevention of age-related physical disability. He serves as Principle Investi...

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    Bullard, Daniel, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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

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    Burgio Ph.D., Kathryn, Senior Scientist (C) 1996 -

    Kathryn L. Burgio, PhD, is a behavioral psychologist, Professor in the School of Medicine, Director of the UAB Continence Program, and Research Director of the UAB Genitourinary Disorders Center. She directs the Behavioral Sciences Section and the Behavioral Medicine Program in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. She is also Associate Director for Research at the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), Birmingham VA Medical Center.

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    Carter, Christy, Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Chang Ph.D., Chenbei, Scientist (C) 2005 -

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    Chatham D.Phil., John, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    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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    Chen Ph.D., Yabing, Associate Scientist (C) 2005 -

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    Chow Ph.D., Louise, Senior Scientist (C) 1999 -

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    Clay, Olivio, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Crowe, Michael, Scientist (C) 2006 -

    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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    Culpepper, Patricia, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Curcio, Christine, Scientist (C) 1993 -

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    Curtis, Lisa, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Davis M.D., Randall, Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Deluca, Maria, Scientist (C) 2003 -

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    Demark-Wahnefried Ph.D., Wendy, Senior Scientist (C) 2010 -

    Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD is Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Demark-Wahnefried received her baccalaureate degree in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry from the University of Michigan and then completed a coordinated master’s degree – dietetic internship through the VA Texas Medical Center, Texas Women’s University and Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her doctoral degree in Nutritional Science from Syr...

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    Deutsch, Georg, Scientist (C) 1995 -

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    Dobrunz, Lynn, Associate Scientist (C) 2005 -

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    Drentea, Patricia, Scientist (C) 2001 -

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    Duxbury, Andrew, Senior Scientist (C) 1999 -

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    Eberhardt, Alan, Scientist (C) 1998 -

    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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    Elk PhD, Ronit, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Ronit Elk, PhD has recently joined the University of Alabama, Birmingham as Professor in the School of Medicine; Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Care, and as Associate Director of the Southeast Institute for Innovation in Palliative and Supportive Care. Her prior position was at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Using Community Based Participatory Research, her NIH-funded research focuses on partnering with underserved populations, in particular rural African America...

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    Feldman, Dale, Scientist (C) 1998 -

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    Feng Ph.D., Xu, Scientist (C) 2001 -

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    Fernandez Ph.D., Jose, Scientist (C) 2002 -

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    Fischer, Kathleen, Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Fischer studied rainforest canopy ecology in the remote mountains of Papua New Guinea (PNG), where she worked for five years with local villagers and mining companies to establish the Mekil wildlife management area and research station on Mount Stolle. Following her work in PNG, the Wildlife Conservation Society asked her to conduct a marine survey of Lampi Island in Myanmar. The survey resulted in a management plan for the Mergui Archipelago designed to protect natural resources and the tra...

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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.

    Service

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

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    Flood, Kellie, Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Forbes, Laura, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Scholarship

    Scholarly work is attained through a variety of mechanisms (publications, presentation, and grants) and this work requires much time and dedication; however there are always new opportunities that keep the pursuits of collaborative endeavors fresh and rewarding. I enjoy working with diverse colleagues and on a variety of topics related to health behaviors.

    Service

    Service to profession of health education and to services of others must be at the forefront o...

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    Fouad M.D., M.P.H., Mona, Associate Scientist (C) 1997 -

    Dr. Fouad is recognized nationally as a leader in health disparities research and is a member of the NIH National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She is PI on numerous federally funded projects that bring in over $51 million and Co-PI on additional grants worth approximately $20 million. Most of this funding has a common theme of improving health and preventing disease in minorities.

    Dr. Fouad is PI for the CDC-funded center entitled, Racial and Ethnic Approa...

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    Frank M.D., Stuart, Senior Scientist (C) 2005 -

    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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    Froelich, Michael, Scientist (C) 2007 -

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    Gamlin, Paul, Senior Scientist (C) 1996 -

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    Garber, David, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Garvey, W. Timothy, Senior Scientist (C) 2003 -

    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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    Geldmacher, David, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Dr. Geldmacher graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester (New York) with his B.A. in Biology and Psychology. He obtained his M.D (with Certificate in Academic Research) from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse. He undertook his training in Neurology at Case Western Reserve University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at the University of Florida.

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    Gilbert, Gregg, Senior Scientist (C) 2000 -

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    Girkin, Christopher, Senior Scientist (C) 2005 -

    Christopher A. Girkin, MD, MSPH, FACS is the chairman of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Ophthalmology and Chief Medical Officer for the Callahan Eye Hospital. After residency at UAB he completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and was a Heed Glaucoma Fellow at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center at the University of California, San Diego. He joined the UAB faculty and founded the Department’s Glaucoma Service in 1999. Dr. Girkin has authored ...

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    Goodin, Burel, Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Dr. Goodin is a clinical health psychologist with specialization in pain-related behavioral medicine. He examines the interactions of psychosocial and biobehavioral characteristics in relation to the experience of pain through the key pathways of stress-related hormones (neuroendocrine function) and immune function. His previous and ongoing projects are conducted in collaboration with colleagues at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Florida, as well as UAB.

    Over the...

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    Gower Ph.D., Barbara, Associate Scientist (C) 1998 -

    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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    Grammas, Marianthe, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Gray, Stephen, Scientist (C) 2013 -

    Dr. Stephen Gray completed his general surgery training and abdominal transplant fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012. Prior to training at University of Alabama at Birmingham, He obtained a BS from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL and completed his M.D. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Dr. Gray has been a faculty member in the Department of Surgery since 2012.

    Dr. Gray’s clinical interest is abdominal organ transplant. He specializes in liver...

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    Griffin, Russell, Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Harada, Caroline, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Caroline Harada joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2008. She completed her undergraduate work in biology at Brown University in 1996, and, after a year of living in Bolivia teaching an after-school program in an orphanage, began her medical education at the Yale School of Medicine, graduating in 2001. She completed an internal medicine residency and two-year geriatrics fellowship at the University of Chicago. She currently works as a geriatrician at UAB, providing care to older adults with...

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    Hardy Ph.D., Robert, Associate Scientist (C) 1997 -

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    Harris, Melissa, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    For Dr. Melissa Harris, getting a gray hair is cause for celebration! This is because Dr. Harris studies the melanocyte stem cells that reside within our hair follicles, and it is the loss of these stem cells that causes gray hair. She has found that melanocyte stem cells are an ideal somatic stem cell population to investigate the cell biology, genetics, and genomics behind the question, “Why do we age the way we do?”

    Dr. Harris’s training makes her well suited to this task; she’s stud...

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    Hartman IV M.D., John, Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Heaton PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAAOHN, Karen, Scientist (C) 2009 -

    Dr. Karen Heaton’s program of research is primarily focused on the effects of sleep deprivation and obstructive sleep apnea on cognition and injury risk in workers. For example, she has been involved in projects that explored the impact of distraction and health issues on driving and driving performance issues among aging truck drivers, and self-assessment of driving performance compared to real-time simulated driving performance among truck drivers.

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    Herrington, Heather, Scientist (C) 2007 -

    Heather Herrington, MD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). An Alabama native, she graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2001. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Texas, Houston and then completed her Geriatric Medicine fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She received additional training in Palliative Care through the Harvard Medical Scho...

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    Holman, William, Senior Scientist (C) 2003 -

    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, George, Senior Scientist (C) 2005 -

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    Howard, Jack, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Howard, Virginia, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Hsu, Hui-Chen, Scientist (C) 1999 -

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    Hsu, Yung-Tsung, Scientist (C) 2007 -

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    Hurt, Christopher, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Jablonski PhD, CRNP, FGSA, FAAN, Rita, Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Dr. Rita Jablonski’s internationally-renowned program of research is focused on improving the lives of older adults, especially those with dementia who reside in nursing homes. Her most recent studies have tested interventions that improve oral hygiene for persons with dementia who resist care. The strategies for reducing threat perception using dementia-centric communication strategies are congruent with the principles of person-centered care and nursing home culture change initiatives.

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    Javed Ph.D., Amjad, Scientist (C) 2007 -

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    Kadisha, Inga, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Keltner PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAHA, Joan, Senior Scientist (C) 1995 -

    Dr. Grant is a Professor of Nursing in the UAB School of Nursing. She has more than 30 years of experience working with neuroscience and other populations with disabilities. She is an expert in family caregiving and those with disabilities who experience psychosocial problems. Dr. Grant’s previous funding efforts relate to telehealth interventions using social support and problem-solving skills to manage psychosocial problems in the home and other settings. She publishes on stroke, heart failure...

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    Kennedy, Richard, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    King Ph.D., Gwendalyn, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Kleinstein, Robert, Senior Scientist (C) 1984 -

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    Koopman, William, Senior Scientist (C) 1984 -

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    Kulczycki Ph.D., Andrzej, Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Landefeld, Seth, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Seth Landefeld is Chair, Department of Medicine and the Spencer Chair in Medical Science Leadership.

    Dr. Landefeld brings to UAB an infectious enthusiasm for all the wonderful opportunities in academic medicine – to care for people, to teach, to discover, and to build a healthy society. Recognizing the UAB Department of Medicine as a well established national leader, he envisions the Department as the go-to department in the United States for faculty, learners, and staff who have the am...

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    Lee PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, Loretta, Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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) 2009 -

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    Lewis M.D., M.S.P.H., Cora, Scientist (C) 1997 -

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    Limdi, Nita, Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Dr. Limdi is a clinical pharmacist and epidemiologist with significant expertise in pharmacogenomics and pharmacoepidemiology, from research and discovery to its application and implementation in clinical practice. Her research portfolio encompasses studies with both observational and a clinical trial designs and is focused on understanding the multiple factors that influence drug efficacy and safety, specifically anticoagulant and antiplatelet response. An established investigator in the field ...

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    Liu M.D., Ph.D., Rui-Ming, Scientist (C) 1999 -

    Dr. Rui-Ming Liu received her M.D. and PhD (in Toxicology) degrees from Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China. She is an American Board of Toxicology certified Toxicologist. Dr. Liu joined the UAB School of Public Health in 1999 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005. In 2014, Dr. Liu was promoted to Professor with tenure and moved from School of Public Health to School of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division.

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    Locher Ph.D., Julie, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Lowman Jr., John, Scientist (C) 2007 -

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    Lubin, Farah, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Lumpkin, Melissa, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Makhija, Sonia, Scientist (C) 2010 -

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    Mark, Victor, Scientist (C) 2005 -

    Undergraduate, AB degree, Cornell University, 1978, Biology.
    Medical school, MD degree, Albany Medical College, 1982.
    Residency, Neurology, New York University, 1986.
    Research fellowship, Behavioral Neurology, University of Florida, 1987.

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    Markland, Alayne, Scientist (C) 2005 -

    Dr. Markland is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, Alabama. She is also a clinician researcher at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and the Associate Director of Clinical Programs in the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinic Center (GRECC). Her overarching goal is to enhance evidenced-based knowledge regarding the treatment of genito-urinary disord...

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    Martin, Roy, Scientist (C) 2000 -

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    McGwin, Gerald, Scientist (C) 1999 -

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    McLain PhD, RN, CNE, Rhonda, Scientist (C) 2006 -

    Dr. Rhonda McLain is an experienced educator with expertise in the areas of teaching-learning strategies, curriculum development and program evaluation. Having taught more than 20 years in undergraduate education, Dr. McLain has led the development of innovative nursing curricula designed to prepare new nurses in meeting client needs in an ever-changing health care environment. As an educator in the classroom, Dr. McLain has been recognized by her students for her creative teaching strategies th...

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    McMahon Wakefield, Lori, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Lori McMahon received her B.A., summa cum laude in Biology and Chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. McMahon obtained postdoctoral training at Duke University Medical Center in the Department of Neurobiology and, in 1998, joined the faculty of UAB as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. She is currently the Jarman F. Lowder Professor of Neurosci...

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    McNees PhD, FAAN, M., Senior Scientist (C) 2007 -

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    Moellering, Douglas, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Moss PhD, RN, FAAN, Jacqueline, Scientist (C) 2007 -

    Dr. Jacqueline Moss has a wide range of experience in adult critical care practice, nursing education, and research. She has a particular interest in health care informatics and earned a doctorate in nursing informatics. Dr. Moss has been involved in multiple projects designed to implement new information and communication technologies for use in health care practice and education.

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    Mountz M.D., Ph.D., John, Senior Scientist (C) 1994 -

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

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    Musa, Philip, Scientist (C) 2001 -

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    Nagy Ph.D., Timothy, Scientist (C) 2005 -

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    Nahm M.D., Moon, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    Moon H. Nahm, Professor of Department of Medicine, with secondary appointment in Microbiology, obtained both his BA degree (in 1970) and MD degree (in 1974) from Washington University in St. Louis MO. In 1980, he completed both Internal Medicine and Laboratory Medicine residency training in Pathology Department, as well as completing post-doctoral research training in Microbiology Department at Washington University in St. Louis MO. He was a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis a...

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    Natelson Love, Marissa, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Oparil, Suzanne, Senior Scientist (C) 2005 -

    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) 2015 -

    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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    Owsley, Cynthia, Scientist (C) 1993 -

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    Patel Ph.D., Rakesh, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Pence, Gregory, Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Raju Ph.D., Dheeraj, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    With a strong academic background in applied statistics, data mining, industrial engineering, and research, Dr. Raju has more than six years of statistical and research expertise. With the rapid increase in the amount of data that is being collected, Dr. Raju believes that data mining techniques can effectively extract expedient information. He is particularly interested in using these contemporary statistical data mining and machine learning techniques since they have not been explored in the a...

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    Richter, Holly, Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Rimmer, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Ritchie, Christine, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Roberson, Erik, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Rothrock, Angela, Scientist (C) 2007 -

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    Rue III, Loring, Senior Scientist (C) 2000 -

    Dr. Loring W. Rue received his medical degree in 1983 at University of Virginia School of Medicine and went on to complete his postdoctoral training in general surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. Dr. Rue served as a staff surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at the Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and was a burn team leader during the 1991 Gulf War. In 1992 Dr. Rue joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery at the UAB. He served as ...

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    Saag M.D., Michael, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    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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    Saag, Kenneth, Senior Scientist (C) 2005 -

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    Sanders, Yan, Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Dr. Yan Sanders received her medical degree from Hunan Medical University, China. Then she went to graduate school at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Center for Toxicological Research before she joined UAB at pediatric pulmonary, late she joined the faculty of medicine at the rank of Assistant Professor in 2011.

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    Savage, Grant, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Sawyer, Patricia, Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Patricia Sawyer, PhD is a medical sociologist with research interests focused on the study of mobility and the ability to remain independent with age, with a particular focus on disparities among older community-dwelling African American and Whites. She is an Associate Professor in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is Director of the UAB Gerontology Education Program, Associate Director of the UAB Geriatric Educatio...

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    Scarinci-Searles, Isabel, Senior Scientist (C) 2007 -

    Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D., MPH, is a behavioral scientist with a deep commitment to the elimination of cancer disparities in the U.S. and in low- and middle-income countries. The focus of her work is on the application of behavioral science to public health by promoting behavior change at the population level. Her primary area of interest is cancer prevention and control (including tobacco control) among low-income, racial/ethnic minorities, and immigrant populations (particularly Latinos and Afric...

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    Schroeder Jr, Harry, Senior Scientist (C) 2002 -

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    Shelton, Richard, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Shikany Dr.P.H., James, Senior Scientist (C) 2001 -

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    Siegal M.D., Ph.D., Gene, Senior Scientist (C) 1995 -

    Dr. Siegal was born in New York where he attended college. He received his medical degree from the University of Louisville and his PhD from the University of Minnesota. He was a Resident and Research Fellow at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and completed both a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, NIH and a surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to UAB in 1990, he was a tenured faculty member at the University of North Carolina ...

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    Sims, Omar, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Sims, Richard, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Singh Ph.D., Keshav, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Srivastava, Om, Senior Scientist (C) 1999 -

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    Stover, Natividad, Scientist (C) 2007 -

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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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    Swanson, Mark, Scientist (C) 1995 -

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    Taub, Edward, Senior Scientist (C) 1994 -

    Edward Taub is a University Professor in the Department of Psychology and is the director of the CI Therapy Research Group and Taub Training Clinic. He received his PhD in psychology from New York University in 1970 under the supervision of Dr. Edgar E. Coons and later worked with Dr. Neil E. Miller.

    Dr. Taub is a behavioral neuroscientist who developed a family of techniques — Constraint-Induced Movement therapy (or CI therapy) — that have been shown to be effective in improving the re...

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    Thannickal, Victor, Scientist (C) 2009 -

    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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    Tollefsbol Ph.D., Trygve, Scientist (C) 1999 -

    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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    Trimm, Jerry, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Tucker, Rodney, Associate Scientist (C) 2005 -

    Rodney O. Tucker, MD, MMM, FAAHPM, was born in Gadsden, Alabama and attended Litchfield High School graduating in 1980. He then attended UAB and received his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Social Work in 1984. After a year of graduate work at UAB, he entered the University of Alabama School of Medicine and graduated in 1989. Dr. Tucker served an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Carraway Methodist Medical Center from 1989-1992 and then served as Chie...

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    Vance PhD, MGS, MS, David, Scientist (C) 2005 -

    Dr. David Vance is a psychologist who actively researches neurocognitive aging and HIV. His funded studies focus on transcranial direct current stimulation, olfactory dysfunction, cognitive prescriptions, and others. He chairs the Neurocognitive Group of the Women’s Initiative HIV Study, a national longitudinal cohort study. His scholarship has led to numerous publications (+210 peer-reviewed articles) and presentations (+450) as well as being an invited member to a White House forum and an N...

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    Varner Jr, Robert, Scientist (C) 1994 -

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    Vogtle, Laura, Scientist (C) 2000 -

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    Wadiche, Linda, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Waite, Peter, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Wasko, Molly, Scientist (C) 2010 -

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    Waters, Martinique, Scientist (C) 2010 -

    Dr. Waters completed her Ph.D. in the UAB Lifespan Developmental Psychology Program in 2010. Her research focuses on aging, specifically the psychosocial factors that impact informal caregivers. Dr. Waters has taught several courses for the Psychology Department but most recently Research Methods online.

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    Weech-Maldonado PhD, MBA, Robert, Senior Scientist (C) 2009 -

    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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    Wheeler PhD, Pariya, Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Dr. Pariya Fazeli is an experimental psychologist with academic training in lifespan development, cognitive aging, and gerontology. Her primary research interests include cognitive aging among older adults with HIV, with a focus on predictors of successful cognitive aging as well as rehabilitation strategies to promote successful cognitive aging in this population. Her work is currently funded by the National Institute on Aging.

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    White, C, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Williams M.D., Grant, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Williams, Beverly, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Wright, Nicole, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Wyss, J, Senior Scientist (C) 1994 -

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    Yoder Ph.D., Bradley, Senior Scientist (C) 2005 -

    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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    Yuen, Hon, Senior Scientist (C) 2010 -

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    Zayzafoon M.D., Ph.D., Majd, Scientist (C) 2006 -

    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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    Zhang Ph.D., Jianhua, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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