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    Acosta Pharm.D., Edward, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Ambalavanan M.D., Namasivayam, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Arbuckle, Janeen, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Arend M.D., Rebecca, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Aslibekyan, Stella, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Azuero PhD, MBA, Andres, Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Baskin Ph.D., Monica, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Battarbee, Ashley, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Benveniste Ph.D., Tika, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Biasini, Fred, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Fred J. Biasini is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of Sparks Clinics and Director of Interdisciplinary Training at the Civitan International Research Center. He also serves as Director of the UAB Early Head Start Program. He has worked in the field of developmental disabilities since 1975.

    During Dr. Biasini's six years of his graduate studies he worked in residential facilities for children and adults with developmental disabilities. He completed an inte...

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    Boppana M.D., Suresh, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Budhwani, Henna, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    I am a public health scholar and social scientist who conducts studies designed to reduce health disparities, improve health equity, and inform thoughtful policy that is good for humanity in resource-constrained settings, both in the United States and abroad. My scholarship focuses heavily on understanding behaviors of underserved - often stigmatized - populations that are at high-risk for experiencing discrimination, including but not limited to sexual and gender minorities, religious minoritie...

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    Carlo, Waldemar, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Casazza Ph.D., Krista, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Casey, Brian, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Chandler-Laney, Paula, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Dionne-Odom, Jodie, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Jodie Dionne-Odom is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. As a physician-scientist with expertise in HIV, sexually transmitted infections and global health, Dr. Dionne works to improve infection outcomes through clinical trials research. Dr. Dionne is also a highly rated clinician, teacher and speaker on infectious diseases topics and the Chief of Women's Health Services at the 1917 HIV Clinic.

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    Edwards, Lloyd, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Ellington, David, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Enah PhD, RN, FAAN, Comfort, Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Enah has focused her funded research on the development of theory-based, culturally-sensitive interventions directed at addressing sexual health disparities among rural minority adolescent populations. Dr. Enah’s current NIH/NINR funded project focuses on the development of a proof of concept prototype for an individually tailored electronic HIV prevention adventure game for young African American adolescents. Dr. Enah also plans to contribute to the development and use of serious games amon...

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    Fouad M.D., M.P.H., Mona, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Fowler, Karen, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Garvey, W. Timothy, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Geisler, William, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Geurs, Nicolaas, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Gower Ph.D., Barbara, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Harper, Lorie, Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Lorie Harper is an Associate Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She simultaneously completed two Bachelor of Science degrees, summa cum laude, in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas. She then went on to complete her medical degree, residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Washington University in St Louis. During that time she also completed her Maste...

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    Hidalgo, Bertha, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Howard, Tera, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Huh M.D., Warner, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Irvin, Marguerite, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Jenkins, Todd, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Kim, Kenneth, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Kimberlin M.D., David, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Lal, Charitharth, Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Leath M.D., Charles, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Lein Jr, Donald, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Li PhD, Peng, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Liang, Margaret, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Lockhart M.D., Mark, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Marrazzo, Jeanne, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Martin, Kimberly Daniella, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Meyer, Isuzu, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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

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    Oparil, Suzanne, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Owen, John, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    As a clinician-scientist John Owen has focused on collaborative research with many of my colleagues focusing on study design, data analysis and interpretation. Personal research interests include prematurity prevention and obstetric ultrasound. As former fellowship director, Dr. Owen also enjoys teaching our residents and MFM Fellows, especially in obstetric ultrasound.

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    Peralta-Carcelen, Ada, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Pillay, Rubindhiran, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Pillay, Selvum, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Powell, Mark, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Richter, Holly, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Rodriguez, Christina, Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Ross M.D., Shannon, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Saag M.D., Michael, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    I am Associate Dean for Global Health in the School of Medicine, Director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research and a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. I am also the principal investigator of the CFAR Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS), an NIAID-funded National Network of EMR-collected clinical data at 8 CFAR centers that are merged for the purposes of clinical research. I am the founding director of the UAB 1917 HIV Clinic, which has pioneered treatment pro...

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    Scarinci-Searles, Isabel, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Shorten PhD, RN, RM, FACM, FAAN, Allison, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Sims, Brian, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Subramaniam, Akila, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Szychowski, Jeffery, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Van Der Pol, Barbara, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Willig, James, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Wingate, Martha, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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