Comprehensive Neuroscience Center

Center

People

Faculty Administration

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    King M.D., Peter, Co-Director 2012 -

  • Center Members - Faculty

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    Aduroja, Tolulope, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Alexander, J. Iwan, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Alexander, Matthew, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Alexander earned his PhD in Genetics and Developmental Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Garry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His graduate training focused on the characterization of forkhead transcription factors in skeletal muscle and cardiac progenitor cells. He moved to Boston in 2008 to join the laboratory of Dr. Louis Kunkel as a postdoctoral fellow where he focused on characterizing the role of non-coding RNAs in skeletal muscle diseases. He wa...

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    Allendorfer, Jane, Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Amthor, Franklin, Scientist (C) 2009 -

    My career has been devoted to understanding neural computation, both for its own sake and for the sake of making neural prosthesis that restore and augment human function. My specific research has been to investigate complex neural computations in retinal ganglion cells, the first locus in the visual system of highly specific and nonlinear analyses such as motion and directional selectivity.

    The first task I took on as a retinal researcher was to identify, by intracellular recording and...

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    Ananthan, Subramaniam, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Medicinal Chemist; Manager, CNS Discovery/Computational Chemistry; Southern Research Institute

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    Arrant, Andrew, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Arrant graduated with a B.S. in Toxicology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2007. He then entered the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program at Duke University, and in 2012 earned a PhD in Pharmacology in the laboratory of Dr. Cynthia Kuhn. In 2013, Dr. Arrant joined the laboratory of Dr. Erik Roberson at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for postdoctoral training with mouse models of frontotemporal dementia. Dr. Arrant was promoted to a Scientist position ...

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    Ascherman, Lee, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    C.W.R.U. School of Medicine
    Masters of Public Health - Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
    Internship and Residency - Georgetown University Medical Center
    Fellowship - Menninger Clinic
    Psychoanalytic and Child Psychoanalytic Training - New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute
    Positions:
    Professor and Vice Chair for Education - UAB Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiology
    Director, UAB Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Chief of Service, Child and Adolesce...

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    Bailey, Mark, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Ball, Karlene, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

    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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    Bashir, Khurram, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Bashir graduated from the University of the Punjab with a B.Sc. in Anatomy and Physiology, and received his MD from the King Edward Medical College in Pakistan. He received his MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. After completing his internship and post-graduate residency training in combined Internal Medicine and Neurology at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois, Dr. Bashir joined the Department of Neurology at the ...

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    Bebin, Martina, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Benveniste Ph.D., Tika, Scientist (C) 2009 -

    Dr. Etty (Tika) Benveniste was the Founding Chair of the Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology (2012-2017). Benveniste served as Chair of the Department of Cell Biology (2000-2011). Benveniste also holds the Alma B. Maxwell-University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (UAHSF), Endowed Chair in Biomedical Research. In January 2015, Benveniste was appointed interim Senior Associate Dean for Research Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of M...

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    Bevensee, Mark, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Bibb, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Bjornsti Ph.D., Mary-Ann, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Mary-Ann Bjornsti, Ph.D., is Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UAB, and holds the Newman H. Waters Chair of Clinical Pharmacology. She also serves as co-Leader of the Cancer Cell Biology Program and Associate Director for Translational Research in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Genetics, followed by a Fogarty Fellowship at the Biozentrum in Basel Switzerland, and post-doctoral training at Harvard University ...

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    Blount, Jeffrey, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Blount participates in the full spectrum of pediatric neurosurgery but has particular academic interest in the surgical treatment of epilepsy in children, spina bifida, transitional care in spina bifida and public health issues in pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Blount joined the faculty at UAB in 2000 and is the chief of pediatric neurosurgery.

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    Boggiano, Mary, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Bolding Ph.D., Mark, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Boulton, Michael, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Britt M.D., William, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Brunner, Robert, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Busettini, Claudio, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Caldwell, Guy, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Caldwell, Kim, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Canon, Cheri, Scientist (C) 2010 -

    Cheri L. Canon, M.D., F.A.C.R. completed her undergraduate training at the University of Texas at Austin, followed by medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch. After completing her residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, she joined the faculty in the abdominal imaging section.

    Dr. Canon served as the Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Radiology, followed by Associate Residency Program Director and fin...

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    Chambers, Melissa, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Chambers earned her Bachelor's and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Auburn University and her M.D. degree from UAB. She completed the Halsted Surgical Internship at Johns Hopkins University and Neurosurgical Residency at Vanderbilt University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Neurosurgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

    Clinical interests include all areas of neurological surgery involving brain, spine and periph...

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

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    Chatham D.Phil., John, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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, Yu-Ying, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Christy, Jennifer, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Clay, Olivio, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Cook III, Edwin, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    The general focus and goal of Dr. Cook's research is the application of psychophysiological methods to improve understanding of psychological and biological factors related to emotion, personality, and mental disorders. Current research uses in the startle response as a tool for exploring changes in emotional and sensory information processing that occur with changes in anxiety and mood. Startle is readily measured from humans in the laboratory, typically as contractions of the muscles surroundi...

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    Cropsey Psy.D., Karen, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Cropsey attended undergraduate and her masters degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana for her doctoral training and completed internship in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in forensics and substance abuse at University of Mississippi Medical Center and Virginia Commonwealth University. She stayed on as faculty in the Department of Psychia...

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    Curcio, Christine, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Darley-Usmar Ph.D., Victor, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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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    Day, Jeremy, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    My major research interest is the neurobiological regulation of reward-related memory systems in the brain and the role of these systems in drug addiction. My laboratory approaches this broad topic at diverse levels of analysis that integrate molecular, genetic, and epigenetic tools with techniques that probe the function of single neurons and entire neuronal circuits. My ultimate goal is to understand epigenetic regulation in normal and disease states, and to use tools that manipulate the epige...

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    DeBerry, Jennifer, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    DeCarlo, Dawn, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Del Bene, Victor, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Detloff Ph.D., Peter, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Deutsch, Georg, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Dewolfe, Jennifer, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Dobbins, Allan, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Dobrunz, Lynn, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Dreer, Laura, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Dure, Leon, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Dwivedi, Yogesh, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Fargason, Rachel, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Fathallah-Shaykh M.D., Ph.D., Hassan, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Findley III, Harry, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Galli, Aurelio, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Gamble, Karen, Scientist (C) 2009 -

    The overall goal of my research program is to investigate environmental modulation of circadian clock function in mammalian systems and the contribution of clock disruption to pathological disease. One of the most exciting discoveries that has emerged in recent years is that the circadian molecular clock regulates excitability in neurons that are spontaneously active in the absence of synaptic input. Although the intrinsic 24-h rhythm in membrane properties of neurons of the suprachiasmatic nucl...

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    Gamlin, Paul, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Gampher, John, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Gawne, Timothy, Scientist (C) 2009 -

    I was originally trained as an electrical engineer, and worked in industry for a time, but then moved on to physiology. I am first and foremost a systems neuroscientist: I am interested in how information is processed and transmitted in the nervous system, not so much the details of specific genes and ion channels etc. I worked at the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) before moving to the UAB School of Optometry in 1996, where I remain to this day. I have applied this interest to the v...

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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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    Girkin, Christopher, Scientist (C) 2009 -

    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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    Glasgow, Joel, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Goldberg, Matthew, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Goodin, Burel, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

    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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    Gorbatyuk, Marina, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Grant, Merida, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Gray, Michelle, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Gropen, Toby, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Gropen is the James H. Halsey Jr., MD Endowed Professor of Neurology, Director of the Division of Cerebrovascular Disease, and Director of the UAB Comprehensive Neurovascular and Stroke Center. He serves as Vice-Chair, Regional Advisory Council, Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System and Co-Chairman, Stroke Operations Committee of the Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System. Dr. Gropen led the New York State Department of Health’s Stroke Center Designation Projec...

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    Gu, Jianguo, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Gutierrez, Alecia, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Hablitz, John, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Hall, Sean, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Sean Hall is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Clinic Director for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling, specializing in Clinical Mental Health from Old Dominion University in 2012. Dr. Hall’s research interests are psychotherapy process and outcomes, measurement, and research methodology. Dr. Hall’s clinical areas include cognitive behavioral therapy, suicide assessment, interdisciplinary treatment teams, and evidence based interventions...

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    Han, Xiaosi, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Harrigan, Mark, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Herskowitz, Jeremy, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Julian, Rachel, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Kadisha, Inga, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Kana, Rajesh, Scientist (C) 2009 -

    Dr. Kana has several years of experience in research in the field of autism spectrum disorders. After earning PhD from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India, he completed his postdoctoral training at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2001 he was awarded the William Fulbright pre-doctoral research fellow to do research at University of California Los Angeles. He joined UAB in 2007.

    Dr. Kana is the director of the Cognition, Brain and Autism Laboratory at UAB, and the co-directo...

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    Keyser Ph.D., Kent, Senior Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Kimberly M.D., Robert, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Robert P. Kimberly, MD, a native of New Haven, Conn., received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School after receiving a baccalaureate degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and a baccalaureate / master's degree from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Dr. Kimberly's achievements and honors include election to Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, a "First" class degree from Oxford, and election to both the America...

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    King M.D., Peter, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Kinney, F, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Kirksey, Keneshia, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Kirksey is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, NC where she served as Chief Resident. Following residency, Dr. Kirksey joined the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2007. . She is the current Residency Program Director and Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury inpatient program in the Depar...

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    Knight, David, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Knight’s laboratory is focused on better understanding the neural substrates of human learning, memory, and emotion using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques that include functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Behavioral and MRI studies from the lab investigate questions that are important for understanding healthy, as well as dysfunctional, emotion processes.

    Recent work from the Knight lab has investigated the neural circuitry that ...

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    Kraft, Timothy, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Kraguljac, Nina, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Lahti, Adrienne, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Lazar, Ronald, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Leavenworth Ph.D., Jianmei, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Lester, Robin, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Li, Li, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Limdi, Nita, Scientist (C) 2009 -

    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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    Lin, Chen, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Liu M.D., Ph.D., Rui-Ming, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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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    Lokken, Kristine, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Loop, Michael, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Lubin, Farah, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Mark, Victor, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    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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    Markert M.D., M.P.H., James, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Markert received an A.B. degree cum laude in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University, where he also pursued graduate studies in Applied Mathematics. He then obtained his M.D. degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1988 with a simultaneous award of a Masters in Public Health, also from Columbia University. He performed his general surgery internship, as well as his neurological surgery residency, at the University of Michigan Medical Center under Dr. Julian...

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    Martin, Roy, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Matthies, Heinrich, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    McLain, Amie, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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

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    McMahon Wakefield, Lori, 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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    Meador-Woodruff, James, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Meador-Woodruff received his BS in Chemistry from the University of Richmond, and his MD from the Medical College of Virginia. He then moved to Ann Arbor, and completed a combined residency in psychiatry and a research fellowship at the University of Michigan. After completing his research training, he joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and the Mental Health Research Institute at the University of Michigan, where he held administrative positions including Associate Chair for ...

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    Miller, C. Ryan, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Mirman, Daniel, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Mirman received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Psychology from Cornell University in 2000 and his PhD in 2005 from Carnegie Mellon University and the interdisciplinary cognitive neuroscience program in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. His doctoral work combined behavioral experiments and computational modeling to study how auditory perception and language knowledge interact during speech perception. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Connecticut ...

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    Moore II, Thomas, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Morris, David, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    David M. Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where, since 1991, he has taught in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy and PhD in Rehabilitation Science degree programs. Morris earned a BS in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a MS in physical therapy education and a PhD in health education/promotion from the University of Alabam...

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    Mrug, Sylvie, Scientist (C) 2014 -

    My research examines the interplay of risk and protective factors in the development of behavioral and emotional problems in adolescence, including antisocial behavior, substance use, depression and anxiety.

    Most of my work has focused on the effects of violence exposure and peer influences in conjunction with other individual and contextual risk factors, such as pubertal timing, temperament, stress reactivity, parental practices, and broader influences of schools and neighborhoods.

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    Nabors M.D., Louis, Scientist (C) 2009 -

    Dr. Nabors, originally from Columbus, Mississippi, obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1985. He then obtained his Medical Doctorate from the University of Tennessee in 1991. Dr. Nabors was active in the United States Navy as a Flight Surgeon from 1992-95. Afterwards, he completed a Neuro-oncology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000 and is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
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    Napierala, Marek, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Nicholas, Anthony, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Nicholas is originally from Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude in 1982 with a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Scranton. He then received his Ph.D. in Anatomy from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Galveston in 1987, and his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1990. After medical school, Dr. Nicholas spent two years completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience with Dr. Tomas Hökfelt at the Karolinska Institute in S...

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    Niwa, Minae, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Novack, Thomas, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Owsley, Cynthia, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Parpura, Vladimir, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Patton, Rita, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Percy, Alan, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Pereboeva, Larisa, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Perry Jr O.D., Felton, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Peterson, Courtney, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Pittler, Steven, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Powell, Craig, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Powell earned both his Ph.D. in Neuroscience and M.D. with Honor at Baylor College of Medicine in 1994 and 1997 respectively. His graduate work was among the first to measure lasting biochemical changes during long-lasting synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus. After his medical internship year at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Powell trained at the University of California San Francisco Neurology Residency Program. In his final year, he was selected as Chief Resident at UCSF. From there, he r...

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    Powell, Danielle, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Powell completed medical school at the University of South Alabama, and her residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where she served as chief resident during her training. Dr. Powell’s primary interests include Cancer Rehabilitation, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Electromyography, and Spina bifida. She is the Director of the Adult Multidisciplinary Spina Bifida Clinic and PM&R Resident Continuity Clinic. She is involved in medical education and serves as one of eleven Le...

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    Pozzo-Miller, Lucas, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Lucas Pozzo-Miller completed his undergraduate studies in Biology (MS, 1986) and earned his graduate degree in Neurobiology from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina (PhD, 1989). He trained as postdoctoral fellow at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH, with Dr. Dennis Landis (1990-1992), and at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, Nutley NJ, with Dr. John Connor (1992-1995). He performed research at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole MA, with Dr. Rodolfo Llinás...

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    Pruett, Brandon, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Qin, Hongwei, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Raman, Chander, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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

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    Read, Russell, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Redwine, Madison, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Reed, William, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Richards, J, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Riley, Kristen, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Riley grew up in Huntsville, AL, attended undergraduate at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and medical school at University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed Neurosurgery Residency at UAB and a fellowship in Epilepsy Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, England.
    Dr. Riley joined the Neurosurgery faculty in 2004.
    Dr. Riley specializes in non-vascular, cranial neurosurgery including general cranial neurosurgery and:
    Endoscopic Pituitary Tumor a...

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    Rinker II, John, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Roberson, Erik, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Roberson is a neurologist and neuroscientist whose research is focused on age-related neurodegenerative disorders. He received his A.B. with highest honors from Princeton University, then earned his Ph.D in neuroscience and M.D. with high honors at Baylor College of Medicine where he studied molecular mechanisms of learning and memory. He completed a residency in neurology at the University of California San Francisco, where he also served as Chief Resident in Neurology. After residency, he ...

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    Roberson, Glenn, Scientist (C) 2009 -

    Glenn H. Roberson, MD graduated from Baylor University where he was a National Merit Scholar and in the Honors Program, after which he completed a Medical Doctor’s degree at the University of Texas, Southwestern. Dr. Roberson was a resident at Baylor Hospital, Dallas, Texas followed by a residency and fellowship in neuroradiology at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology where he served as head of neuroradiology in 1971. Dr. Roberson has held several progressive positions at Harvard University to i...

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    Roberts, Rosalinda, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Shacka, John, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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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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    Sincich, Lawrence, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Sloane, Michael, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Born and raised in Ireland, Mike Sloane joined the department as an Assistant Professor in September 1982 having completed his doctoral work at the Cresap Neuroscience Laboratory of Northwestern University. He directed the Psychology Honors Program for over 12 years, served as Director of Undergraduate Studies, and was the first Vice Chair of the department. In the mid 1980s he launched the Psychology Club, facilitated the development of UAB's chapter of Psi Chi, and organized the annual Southea...

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    Smith Jr., Daniel, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Sorge, Robert, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Srivastava, Om, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Standaert, David, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Standaert was named the John N. Whitaker Professor & Chair of Neurology in 2012. Prior to that, he was appointed the John T. and Juanelle D. Strain Endowed Chair by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama system, which he held for five years. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in medicine and pharmacology in 1988. He completed a one-year internship in medicine at Jewish Hospital of St. Louis in 1989 and a three-year neurology residency i...

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    Stover, Natividad, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Sun, Liou, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Sung, Victor, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Sung is originally from Houston, TX and completed his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. He completed medical school at UT-Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and completed neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship at UAB. He joined faculty in the UAB Department of Neurology, Division of Movement Disorders and has the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure. He is the Director of the UAB Huntington's Disease Clinic, Co-Director of the UAB School...

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    Suswam D.V.M., Ph.D., Esther, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Szaflarski, Jerzy, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Tanik, Murat, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Taub, Edward, Scientist (C) 2009 -

    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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    Theibert, Anne, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Anne Theibert received her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1985. She is an Professor of Neurobiology, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology and Biophysics.

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    Thyme, Summer, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    My long-term research goals are to uncover the molecular basis of complex neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric diseases and eventually create therapies. I have a broad background in biochemistry, molecular biology, and neurobiology. To gain a fundamental understanding of protein structure and function and the skills to engineer therapeutics, I joined David Baker’s protein modeling lab for my graduate studies (2006-2012). I fused computational and experimental approaches to redesign biomolecul...

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    Triebel Psy.D., Kristen, Scientist (C) 2009 -

    Dr. Triebel joined the faculty in 2008 after completing a two-year postdoctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology at UAB. She is board certified in clinical neuropsychology. Her clinical work involves neuropsychological evaluation of adults and older adults with a wide variety of neurological disorders, with a specialty focus in cancer, dementia, and movement disorders (including DBS pre-surgical evaluations). Dr. Triebel is also involved in educating graduate students, interns, and postdoct...

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    Tucker Ph.D., Diane, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Diane Tucker earned her PhD from University of Iowa in Clinical and Developmental Psychology and did her clinical internship year at University of Washington in Seattle, WA. A postdoctoral fellowship in Developmental Neurobiology completed her training. She joined the UAB Psychology Department in January, 1985 as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and to Professor in 1993.

    Dr. Tucker is a member of the Cancer Center, the Center for Health Promotion a...

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    Uswatte, Gitendra, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Uswatte’s research has been funded by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, National Institutes of Health, James S. McDonnell Foundation, American Heart Association, and Positive Psychology Network. He received the Mitchell Rosenthal Early Career Research Award from the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2008 and was elected President of that division in 2013. He was made an A...

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    van Groen, Thomas, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Vance PhD, MGS, MS, David, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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 (+235 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, Pam, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Ver Hoef, Lawrence, Scientist (C) 2009 -

    Dr. Ver Hoef completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech and attended medical school at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed neurology residency and epilepsy fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he then became a faculty member at the UAB Epilepsy Center. He is board certified in Neurology (ABPN), Neuroimaging (UCNS), and Epilepsy (ABPN). He has a secondary appointment in Biomedical Engineering. He collaborates with ...

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    Visscher, Kristina, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Volpicelli-Daley, Laura, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Biographical Sketch
    Laura Volpicelli-Daley earned her BA in Mathematics and English Literature at Franklin and Marshall College. She earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Emory University, where she performed her thesis project in the laboratory of Allan Levey, MD,PhD, Chairman of Neurology and director of the Center of Neurodegenerative Disease. Laura performed her postdoctoral fellowship in Cell Biology at Yale University, in the laboratory of Pietro De Camilli, MD, Howard Hughes Investigat...

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    Wadiche, Jacques, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Wadiche, Linda, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Walker, Harrison, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is more effective than medications and other conventional therapies for motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and essential tremor. Emerging DBS technologies such as directional and closed loop stimulation have substantial potential to improve a variety of patient outcomes. However these devices are increasingly adaptable and complex, and we lack robust tools to fully realize their therapeutic potential. Dr. Walker's lab investigates how deep brain stimula...

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    Wang M.D., Ph.D., Lizhong, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Wang, Qin, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Qin Wang received her M.D. degree from Beijing Medical University, China. After traveling to the US, she obtained her Ph.D. degree in December 1999 from University of Iowa. She then did her postdoc work at Vanderbilt University, where she was appointed as a Research Assistant Professor two years later. In June 2005, Dr. Wang joined UAB as an Assistant Professor.

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    Wang, Shu-Zhen, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Watts, Ray, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Ray L. Watts, M.D., UAB's seventh president, has demonstrated visionary leadership in education, research and patient care throughout his career.

    A Birmingham native and graduate of West End High School, Dr. Watts earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering at UAB in 1976. The collaborations he had with biomedical engineering students as an undergraduate sparked an interest in medicine and, four years later, he graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis as valed...

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    Wesselmann M.D., Ursula, Senior Scientist (C) 2010 -

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    Wick Ph.D., Timothy, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Wick began his academic career in the School of Chemical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he developed internationally recognized research programs in cell adhesion and tissue engineering. He served as director of the Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program from 2004 to 2005. He was recruited to UAB as Chair of the BME Department and co-director of UAB’s BioMatrix Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (BERM) Research Center in 2005. In 2015, he was appointe...

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    Wilson Ph.D., Scott, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Wyss, James, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Yacoubian, Talene, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Yoon Ph.D., Karina, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Younger, Jarred, Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Jarred Younger completed postdoctoral fellowships at Arizona State University and the Stanford University School of Medicine before taking an Assistant Professor position at Stanford.

    He has recently joined the UAB faculty in Psychology, with secondary appointments in Anesthesiology and Rheumatology. He is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense to study new techniques for diagnosing and treating neuroinflammation.

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    Zhang Ph.D., Jianhua, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    The Zhang Lab is seeking a postdoctoral scholar and a graduate student or a MSTP student. We are a very collegial and diverse group working on exciting new research integration of autophagy, metabolism and redox signaling in the nervous system in the context of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases at the Department of Pathology in University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    Attributes:
    Interested, passionate, and dedicated to design and perform interesting and important research<...

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