Center for Women's Reproductive Health

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    Holly Richter, Associate Director

  • Center Members - Faculty

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    Ada Peralta-Carcelen, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Akila Subramaniam, Associate Scientist (C)

    Akila Subramaniam is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. She completed her bachelor degree in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Shen then went on to complete her medical degree and a master’s in public health at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed her residency as well as a dual fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Medical Genetics. Given dual certification in MFM and g...

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    Allison Shorten PhD, RN, RM, FACM, FAAN, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Allison Shorten, Professor in Nursing, serves as Director of UAB Office of Interprofessional Curriculum. An Australian registered nurse and midwife, Dr. Shorten is internationally recognized for her trailblazing Birth Choices decision aid research. A fellow of the Australian College of Midwives, she has made significant contributions to the midwifery profession and international research supporting shared decision making in pregnancy. Dr. Shorten, an expert in evidence based curriculum desig...

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    Andres Azuero PhD, MBA, Scientist (C)

    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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    Ashley Battarbee, Associate Scientist (C)

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

    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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    Barbara Van Der Pol, Scientist (C)

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    Bertha Hidalgo, Scientist (C)

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    Brian Casey, Senior Scientist (C)

    Brian Casey is originally from Pennsylvania, and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at Temple University in Philadelphia. He then did his OB/GYN residency training at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey and subsequently completed his Maternal-Fetal Medicine training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

    Dr. Casey spent 23 years on faculty at Parkland Hospital/UT Southwestern before coming to University of Alabama at Birmingham as Division Director of Matern...

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    Brian Sims, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Carrie B. Coleman, Associate Scientist (C)

    Carrie B. Coleman obtained her B.S. with a concentration in Microbiology at the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2002. As a graduate student she joined the lab of Dr. Scott Tibbetts in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Her work in Dr. Tibbetts lab involved utilizing a murine gammaherpesvirus, MHV68, as an in vivo model to characterize the role of developing B cells in the maintenance of viral latency. She obtained her Ph.D. in virology in...

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

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    Cassandra Newsom, Scientist (C)

    I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Alabama with speciality training in pediatric neuropsychology. My clinical and research work focuses on autism spectrum disorders, related rare genetic disorders and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. I am Director of the Civitan Autism and Neurodevelopment Research (CANDR) Core and Clinic through the Civitan International Research Center. I also provide clinical diagnostic services for young children with suspected autism through the Dev...

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    Charitharth Lal, Scientist (C)

    Dr. C. Vivek Lal is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of Alabama at Birmingham where he serves as the Director of Golden Week Small Baby Program. His lab studies various ‘omic’ mechanisms as they relate to the prediction, pathogenesis and treatment of chronic lung disease of prematurity. Dr. Lal’s particular interest lies in studying the mechanisms by which pulmonary microbiome dysbiosis and exosomes affects the inflammation in premature lungs, for which his lab is funded by Nat...

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    Charles Leath M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Chase Cawyer, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Christina Muzny, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Christina Muzny obtained her medical degree at the Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center College of Medicine. She subsequently completed an internal medicine residency and an infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center prior to joining the infectious diseases faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2010. Dr. Muzny currently has R01 funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study the pathogenesis of b...

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    Christina Rodriguez, Scientist (C)

    I have made a number of stops along my way before arriving at UAB. I received my undergraduate Bachelor’s of Science degree in psychology from the University of Miami, with minor concentrations in English and Mathematics/Computer Science. I obtained my PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Florida from the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. I then completed my pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tennessee-Memphis. My training in clinica...

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    Christina Wilson, Associate Scientist (C)

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    David Ellington, Scientist (C)

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    David Kimberlin M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Donald Lein Jr, Scientist (C)

    Donald H. Lein Jr., PT, PhD is an Associate Professor and the Director of Continuing Education and Community Outreach in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He continues to practice part time in the UAB Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center at the Kirklin Clinic. His research interests include developing and implementing physical therapy interventions to improve the care of individuals with osteoporosis and osteoporosis-related fractures, e...

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    Edward Acosta Pharm.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Haller Smith, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Henna Budhwani, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Budhwani (pronouns: she/her) is an Associate Professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health (SOPH) Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, Visiting Professor in the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), and affiliated faculty with the Florida State University (FSU) Center for Translational Behavioral Science (CTBS). Dr. Budhwani conducts studies to address the causes and consequences of health ...

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    Holly Richter, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Isabel Scarinci-Searles, Senior Scientist (C)

    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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    Isuzu Meyer, Associate Scientist (C)

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    James Willig, Associate Scientist (C)

    James H. Willig, MD, MSPH, is the Associate Dean of Clinical Education in the School of Medicine. He attended Medical School at the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) and completed his residency at the University of Virginia Roanoke-Salem. At UAB, Willig has earned an M.S. in Public Health and completed an Infectious Diseases Fellowship. His research interests in quality improvement and medical informatics have found expression in both research into quality issues in HIV primary care...

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    Janeen Arbuckle, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Arbuckle completed the dual MD/PhD program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she also completed a fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Dr. Arbuckle provides a full scope of Obstetrical and Gynecologic care to girls and women of all ages.

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    Jeanne Marrazzo, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Marrazzo is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is internationally recognized for her research and education efforts in the field of sexually transmitted infections, especially as they affect women’s health. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Marrazzo has chaired the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Council, and the ABIM Inf...

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    Jeffery Szychowski, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Jodie Dionne-Odom, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Jodie Dionne-Odom is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Chief of Women's Health at the 1917 HIV Clinic, and the Associate Director of Global Health in the Center for Women's Reproductive Health. As a physician-scientist, she designs clinical trials to identify new ways to treat and prevent infectious diseases in women and pregnancy.

    Dr. Dionne has a longstanding committment to advancing women's health in the US and in Africa. Current research projects fo...

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    John Straughn M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Julie Wolfson-Stockman M.D., Associate Scientist (C)

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    Karen Fowler, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Karina Yoon Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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

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    Kimberly Daniella Martin, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Lloyd Edwards, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Margaret Liang, Associate Scientist (C)

    I grew up in Ohio and completed my undergraduate, medical school, and residency training at The Ohio State University. I then went on to complete my fellowship training in gynecologic oncology at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. I moved to Birmingham to work at UAB because of the amazing multi-disciplinary cancer care team that we have. The UAB health system and Cancer Center are dedicated to being at the cutting edge of providing high quality and well coordinated cancer care...

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    Marguerite Irvin, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Mark Lockhart M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Mark Powell, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Martha Wingate, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Martha S. Wingate (DrPH, MPH, UAB; BS, Birmingham-Southern College) is a Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. She teaches courses in public health systems, maternal and child health, leadership, and perinatal health issues. Dr. Wingate serves as the Director of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Policy and Leadership Concentration. She also serves as the Director of the HRSA-funded Center of Excellence in MCH Education, Science, and Practice.

    She has ...

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    Masakazu Kamata, Scientist (C)

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    Mona Fouad M.D., M.P.H., Senior Scientist (C)

    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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    Monica Baskin Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Baskin is a nationally-renowned health disparities researcher and professor of medicine in the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine. For nearly 20 years, she has led an extensive extramurally-funded research program focused on reducing health disparities in the Deep South among residents of both rural and urban communities and populations across the lifespan. Dr. Baskin’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Wood Johnson...

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    Mythreye Karthikeyan, Scientist (C)

    Mythreye Karthikeyan (K. Mythreye) received her Bachelors in Science from Delhi University in the Biochemistry honors program and after completing her MS in Biochemistry, received her PhD from UNC Chapel hill in 2005. She received postdoctoral training at Duke University (Gerard Blobe mentor) prior to starting her independent lab at University of South Carolina in 2013.She received tenure and promotion in the Summer of 2019, following which she moved to University of Alabama at Birmingham as...

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

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    Nicolaas Geurs, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Olivia Van Gerwen, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Olivia Van Gerwen completed her internal medicine residency and chief residency at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She returned to her hometown of Birmingham, AL to pursue a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at UAB, which she completed in 2020 in addition to a post-doctoral fellowship in health services, outcomes, and effectiveness research. She is now an Assistant Professor in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases. Olivia's research focuses on HIV and STI prevention as well as compr...

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    Paige Porrett, Scientist (C)

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    Paula Chandler-Laney, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Chandler-Laney is an Associate Professor and Director of the PhD program in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. Her research focuses on elucidating the biobehavioral mechanisms that underlie the development of pediatric obesity, with a particular emphasis on understanding the role of the in utero environment in programming children's risk for obesity and cardiometabolic disease. This research involves studies of children, infants, and pregnant women. Methodologies include the assessment of...

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    Peng Li PhD, Associate Scientist (C)

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

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    Rachael Lee, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Lee joined the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases at UAB in 2016 and is currently an assistant professor. She is the UAB Healthcare Epidemiologist as well as the Birmingham VA Medical Center Associate Healthcare Epidemiologist. Her research focuses on multi-drug resistant pathogens as they relate to infection control, in particular daptomycin nonsusceptible Enterococcus.

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    Rachel Sinkey, Associate Scientist (C)

    Rachel Sinkey is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Sinkey attended Asbury University in Wilmore, KY for her undergraduate studies and the University of Kentucky for her medical degree. She pursued obstetrics and gynecology training at TriHealth / Good Samaritan in Cincinnati, OH where her interest in the management of medical diseases in pregnancy was sparked . She subsequently pursued su...

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

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

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    Ricardo Azziz, Senior Scientist (C)

    Ricardo Azziz is an internationally recognized physician, scientist, and executive who currently serves as CEO of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the largest multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine worldwide. Previously he served as Chief Officer, Academic Health & Hospital Affairs, and Director of the SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute, the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest university system ...

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    Rubindhiran Pillay, Senior Scientist (C)

    Rubin Pillay is a high performance, versatile and commercially astute healthcare executive offering a twenty eight year career of impressive successes in healthcare as a clinician, academic, leader and innovator/entrepreneur .He is a medical futurist and a Professor of Healthcare Innovation and is currently the Assistant Dean for Global Health Innovation at the School of Medicine, as well as being the Chief Innovation Officer of the Health System at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He wa...

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    Sara Gould, Scientist (C)

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    Sarah O'Kelley, Scientist (C)

    Dr. O’Kelley is the Director of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Clinic at UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics; she is also involved in psychology and interdisciplinary clinical training as the UAB LEND training director. She currently serves as leader of a state work group focused on Developmental Screening and Surveillance for Autism Spectrum Disorders (Act Early Alabama state team). Her clinical interests include cognitive and diagnostic assessment, individual and group therapy approaches, and scho...

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    Selvum Pillay, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Shannon Ross M.D., Associate Scientist (C)

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    Sigrid Ladores PhD, RN, PNP, CNE, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Sigrid Ladores is a pediatric nurse practitioner who is investigating reproductive health concerns in adolescents and young adults with chronic illnesses. She has presented her research in local, regional, national, and international conferences. She is also a respected scholar and leader in the Philippine Nurses Association of America.

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    Suresh Boppana M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    Suzanne Oparil, Senior Scientist (C)

    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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    Tika Benveniste Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C)

    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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    Todd Jenkins, Senior Scientist (C)

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    W. Timothy Garvey, Senior Scientist (C)

    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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    Waldemar Carlo, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Warner Huh M.D., Senior Scientist (C)

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    William Andrews, Senior Scientist (C)

    William W. Andrews, PhD, MD, is from Dale County, Alabama. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University, 1974, and completed his PhD in Physiology, 1980, (Reproductive Neuroendocrinology) from The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Andrews received his MD degree, cum laude, from University of Alabama School of Medicine, 1984. He obtained his residency training at University Hospital, 1988, where he received Best Senior Resident Research Prese...

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    William Geisler, Senior Scientist (C)

    Dr. Geisler is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and completed his doctor of medicine degree at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He later earned a master of public health degree in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Seattle. Following an internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Dr. Geisler served a fellowship at the Division of...

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