Nephrology Research & Training Center

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    Lee, Timmy, Associate Director 2017 -

  • Faculty Center Appointments

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    Agarwal M.D., Anupam, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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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    Allon, Michael, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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

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    Askenazi, David, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Assimos, Dean, Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dean G. Assimos, M.D., was named the inaugural chair of the Department of Urology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Previously a division within the Department of Surgery, the Department of Urology was created by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System in April 2012.

    Assimos is an internationally known researcher and clinician, who comes to UAB from Wake Forest University where he was vice chair of urology. He received his undergraduate deg...

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    Bailey, Shannon, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Balkovetz, Daniel, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Barnes Ph.D., Stephen, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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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    Bell, Emmy, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Bell, Phillip, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Bellis Ph.D., Susan, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Bolisetty, Subhashini, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Brown Ph.D., MPH, Elizabeth, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Bullard, Daniel, Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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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    Casazza Ph.D., Krista, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Chatham D.Phil., John, Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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) 2014 -

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    Collawn Ph.D., James, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Curtis, Lisa, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Cutter, Gary, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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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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    De Miguel Garijo, Maria Del Carmen, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Eckhoff M.D., Devin, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Eckhoff received his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his medical diploma from the University of Minnesota. At the University of Wisconsin, he completed a general surgery residency, followed by a transplantation fellowship from 1986-1994. He joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994. In May 2003, he was appointed director of the Division of Transplantation at UAB and in 2004 he became a full professor. Dr. Eckhoff is a member of ...

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    Eto Ph.D., Isao, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Fargue, Sonia, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Fathallah-Shaykh, Sahar, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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

    Dr. Christian Faul received his undergraduate training in cell and molecular biology at the Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg in Germany from 1993-1999. He earned his PhD title at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx in 2005, and he conducted his postdoctoral research training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. In 2008, Dr. Faul became a faculty member in the Department of Medicine and in the Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy at the University of Miam...

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    Feig, Daniel, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Feng, Wenguang, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Fuller, Catherine, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Garvey, W. Timothy, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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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    George, James, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. James F. George is a Professor of Surgery for the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is a molecular and cellular biologist who has worked in the field of heart failure and transplantation for more than 20 years. He is actively involved in researching the basic biology of heart failure and transplant rejection, the development of new drugs, and clinical outcomes after cardiac surgery and transplantation.

    His studies are concentrated in transplantation immunobiology, particularly ...

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    Gohar, Eman, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Guan, Zhengrong, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Gutierrez, Orlando, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Hage, Fadi, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Holmes, Ross, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Howard, George, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Howard, Virginia, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Hyndman, Kelly, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Inscho, Edward, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Jain, Gaurav, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Judd, Eric, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Julian, Bruce, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Kentrup, Dominik, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Kew II, Clifton, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Keyser Ph.D., Kent, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Knight, John, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Koomullil, Roy, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Kumar, Vineeta, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Oct 1, 2017 - present Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology/Transplant Nephrology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

    Jan 2012 - present Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology/Transplant Nephrology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

    October 15, 2007 - 2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine Division of Nephrology/Transplant Nephrology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

    July 2008 - present Core Clinical F...

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    Lebensburger, Jeffrey, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Lebensburger is Director, Pediatric Hematology Section in the Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology. He has expertise in sickle cell disease and hemoglobinopathies, red cell disorders, ITP, bleeding disorders, blood clotting disorders, bone marrow failure syndromes, and general hematology.

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    Lee, Timmy, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Limdi, Nita, Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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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    Locke, Jayme, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Locke completed her undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry at Duke University and her medical degree at East Carolina University prior to matriculating to Johns Hopkins Hospital where she received training in general surgery and multi-visceral abdominal transplantation. Dr. Locke completed her Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in biostatistics and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She joined the surgical faculty at UAB upon completion ...

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    Mannon, Roslyn, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Roslyn Bernstein Mannon is a Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Director of Research for the Comprehensive Transplant Institute. She is the first Endowed Professor of Transplant Clinical Research at UAB and interim chief of transplant nephrology. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and American Society of Transplantation. Dr. Mannon received her MD from Duke Unive...

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    Marshall, Caroline, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    McGuire, Brendan, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Mehta, Shikha, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Michalek Ph.D., Suzanne, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Mitchell, Tanecia, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Mrug, Michal, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Mrug is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he trains the next generation of physicians and scientists. Dr. Mrug is recognized as one of “Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. He co-founded and co-directs the UAB Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Clinic and oversees clinical PKD research activities at UAB (since 2009). This includes the CRISP study, an NIH-funded collaborative effort between Emory University, Unive...

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    Muntner, Paul, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Murphy-Ullrich Ph.D., Joanne, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Narasimha Krishna, Vinay, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Novak M.Sc., Ph.D., Jan, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Novak, Lea, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    I am a board-certified gynecologic pathologist with 21-year expertise in light-, immunofluorescence-, and high-resolution confocal-microscopy. I work as a staff pathologist at the UAB hospital and examine surgical tissues and provide the diagnoses. In my research projects, I have been involved in numerous collaborative studies and evaluated human, mouse and rat tissues. Pathologic findings have ranged from bacterial and viral infection, immune complex deposition and histopathology of female repr...

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    Ong, Song, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Panwar, Bhupesh, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Patel Ph.D., Rakesh, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Peng, Ji-Bin, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Pollock, David, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Pollock earned his Ph.D. degree in Physiology from the University of Cincinnati in 1983. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then spent two years as a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Circadian Physiology at Harvard University in Boston before taking a position in the Drug Discovery division of Abbott Laboratories in Chicago. In 1995, he accepted a faculty position in Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia (n...

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    Pollock, Jennifer, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Ponnazhagan Ph.D., Selvarangan, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Reily, Colin, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Rizk, Dana, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Robbin M.D., Michelle, Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Michelle L. Robbin, MD, MS, FACR, FAIUM, FSRU completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. She attended medical school at the Mayo Clinic, followed by an adult internal medicine internship at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Robbin completed a radiology residency and ultrasound fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. Thereafter, she joined the faculty in the ...

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    Rostand, Stephen, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Saigusa, Takamitsu, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Sanders M.D., Paul, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Sathiakumar M.D., Dr.P.H., Nalini, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Schafer, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Seifert, Michael, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Sharer, Jon, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Siegal M.D., Ph.D., Gene, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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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    Sudarshan M.D., Sunil, Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Sudarshan received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, followed by his medical school training at the Duke University School of Medicine. He subsequently completed his residency in Urologic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. It was during his residency that he investigated gene therapy-based strategies for genitourinary malignancies. Dr. Sudarshan further pursued his interest in urologic oncology by completing a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute of the ...

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    Szalai, Alexander, Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Alexander J. Szalai, PhD (Alex) has a long history of excellence in research and a strong record of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, and various private foundations.. He is internationally recognized for his work on the biology of C-reactive protein and its contribution to the maintenance of health, the propagation of disease, and the tissue response to injury. In addition to his research activities, Alex has excelled at teaching and has made signific...

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    Sztul Ph.D., Elizabeth, Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Elizabeth Sztul obtained a BS in Biology from Brooklyn College, CUNY, studying the ecology of marine arthropods and the renewing nature of the plant meristem. She initiated her graduate studies with a M.Sc. in Plant Physiology from University of Maryland, studying chloroplast biogenesis. She continued her graduate education in Cell Biology at Yale University School of Medicine, working on membrane trafficking pathways in the laboratory of Nobel Prize winner, Dr. George Palade, and was awarded a ...

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    Tector, Joseph, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Tector is a liver transplant surgeon with clinical expertise in multi-visceral and small bowel transplantation. He is a funded surgeon-scientist with a nationally recognized research program in xenotransplantation. Dr. Tector is the director of the UAB Xenotransplant program.

    Dr. Tector received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in 1987. He earned his doctorate at Saint Louis University in 1992 and completed his general surgery training at McGill University in Montrea...

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    Tector, Matthew, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Thornley-Brown, Denyse, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Tolwani, Ashita, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Towns, Graham, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Unlap, M. Tino, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Wallace, Eric, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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

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    Wasko, Molly, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Weaver M.D., Casey, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    White, C, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Wick, Timothy, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Yoder Ph.D., Bradley, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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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    Zarjou, Abolfazl, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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