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    Amara, Amy, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Amara graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with MD and PhD, with distinction. She then completed neurology residency as well as fellowship training in Movement Disorders and Sleep Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is currently as Associate Professor at UAB.

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    Austad, Steven, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    I am originally from Southern California, but my family moved a lot, so I lived in every part of the United States before heading to college. After gaining an English Literature degree, I had a variety of jobs — newspaper reporter, taxi driver, wild animal trainer.... Training lions for the movie business awakened my interest in biology, so I went back to school, eventually getting my Ph.D. in biology.

    My early research was field-based. I have done field research in several parts of the...

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    Ball, Karlene, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Benveniste Ph.D., Tika, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Bolding Ph.D., Mark, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Clay, Olivio, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Crowe, Michael, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Crowe is a native of Jacksonville, Alabama, and returned to his home state for a clinical internship at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and UAB School of Medicine. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in gerontology and neuropsychology before joining the faculty at UAB. He is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialization in clinical geropsychology.

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    Cutter, Gary, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Day, Jeremy, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Deutsch, Georg, Associate Scientist (C) 1992 -

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    Gamble, Karen, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Geldmacher, David, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Gerstenecker Psy.D., Kristen, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Gerstenecker, Adam, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Hablitz, John, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Herskowitz, Jeremy, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Jablonski PhD, CRNP, FGSA, FAAN, Rita, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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

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    Kadisha, Inga, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Kennedy, Richard, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    King Ph.D., Gwendalyn, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Lapi Ph.D., Suzanne, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Suzanne E. Lapi, Ph.D. completed her undergraduate studies and Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, Canada. She went on to complete a postdoctoral appointment at UCSF working with Henry VanBrocklin, PhD on the development of imaging agents for PSMA in prostate cancer before being recruited as a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis where she ultimately stayed on as a tenured Associate Professor until 2015.

    Dr. Lapi is currently an Associate Professor of Radio...

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    Lazar, Ronald, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Li, Wei, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Lubin, Farah, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Lund Ph.D., Frances, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Frances (Fran) Lund completed her undergraduate studies in Microbiology at the University of Notre Dame (B.S., cum laude, 1987). She performed her graduate work with Dr. Ronald B. Corley in the Department of Microbiology at Duke University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Immunology in 1992 and went on to a post-doctoral immunology fellowship in Dr. Maureen Howard’s group at DNAX Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA. In 1997 she moved to the Trudeau Institute, a basic biomedical infectious disease rese...

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    Martin, Roy, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    McConathy M.D., Ph.D., Jonathan, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    McMahon Wakefield, Lori, Associate Scientist (C) 2002 -

    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, Senior Scientist (C) 2009 -

    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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    Napierala, Marek, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Natelson Love, Marissa, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Nicholas, Anthony, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    O'Malley M.D., Janis, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Owsley, Cynthia, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Payami, Haydeh, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Pisu Ph.D., Maria, Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Powers, Richard, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Roberson, Erik, Associate Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Shacka, John, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Skidmore, Frank, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Standaert, David, Senior 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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    Sun, Liou, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Sun's laboratory is exploring the genetic control of aging in mammals and vertebrates. We are studying the endocrine mechanisms and nutritional factors for their effects on longevity and aging.

    The physiological role of the somatotropic axis in the control of aging in mammals and vertebrates
    The dietary factors on aging and longevity: calorie restriction vs. methionine restriction
    Interventions studies of age-related diseases such as Diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease

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    van Groen, Thomas, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Vance PhD, MGS, MS, David, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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

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    Volpicelli-Daley, Laura, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Wang, Qin, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Weech-Maldonado PhD, MBA, Robert, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Robert Weech-Maldonado, MBA, PhD was appointed to the L.R. Jordan Endowed Chair in Health Administration in 2008 by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. He is a Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration. Dr. Weech-Maldonado is a national authority in health disparities, cultural competency tools for healthcare organizations, racial and ethnic differences in patient experiences with care, and long-term care. Imparting this expertise to students, researchers and healthc...

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    Wyss, J, Senior Scientist (C) 1993 -

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    Yacoubian, Talene, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Zhang Ph.D., Jianhua, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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