Nutrition Obesity Res Center (NORC)

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Faculty Administration

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    Hill, James, Director 2018 -

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    Locher Ph.D., Julie, Co-Director 2017 -

    Dr. Locher accepted a position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care within the Department of Medicine in 1992 as a Research Associate working on National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded projects with prominent aging researchers; earned her PhD in Medical Sociology from UAB in 1999; was promoted to Research Assistant Professor in 2000; earned an MSPH in Health Policy and Outcomes from UAB in 2005; and was promoted to a ...

  • Center Members - Faculty

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    Acton, Ronald, Senior Scientist (C) 2000 -

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    Affuso, Olivia, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Agarwal M.D., Anupam, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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 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, teaching, ...

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    Arora, Pankaj, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Ashraf, Ambika, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Ambika Ashraf is the division director of Pediatric Endocrinology at UAB, Ralph Frohsin Endowed Chair in Pediatric Endocrinology. She is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics. She earned her medical degree from the Calicut University, Kerala, India. Subsequently, she completed pediatric residency and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital, the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology and also in Clinical L...

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    Aslibekyan, Stella, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Assimos, Dean, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

    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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    Austad, Steven, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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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    Bailey, Shannon, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Baker, Elizabeth, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Ballinger Ph.D., Scott, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Barnes Ph.D., Stephen, Senior Scientist (C) 2000 -

    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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    Barnes, Margaux, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Baskin Ph.D., Monica, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

    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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    Bertrand III, Fred, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Bertrand, Brenda, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Bhatnagar, Sushant, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Understanding the role of pancreatic beta-cells in obesity and type 2 diabetes

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    Biga, Peggy, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Dr. Peggy Biga is a broadly trained comparative endocrine physiologist, with primary research interests focusing on the mechanisms regulating growth patterns in animals. Her research questions revolve around what molecular and epigenetic mechanisms regulate skeletal muscle proliferation, differentiation, and atrophy. She uses comparative biology to understand the plasticity of regulatory mechanisms and how they translate to variability in overall organismal growth.

    For example, most, an...

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    Bittner, Vera, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    Vera A. Bittner, Professor of Medicine and Section Head of General Cardiology, Prevention, and Imaging, has been on faculty at UAB since 1987. She currently serves as Quality Officer for UAB Hospital, is a member of the Provider Integration Network, and serves as Medical Director of the Coronary Care Unit and the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program. She has been listed in Best Doctors of America since 2009.

    Dr. Bittner’s research has focused on secondary prevention of cardiovascular ...

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    Boggiano, Mary, Scientist (C) 2005 -

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    Bowen PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, Pamela, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Bowen has been a certified family nurse practitioner since 2000. Her patient population has been predominantly African Americans with obesity-related chronic illnesses, such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. She has personally witnessed the struggles people with limited resources face as it relates to adopting healthier lifestyle behaviors. Because of her research interest and clinical nursing experience, she is cognizant that reducing obesity health disparities among ...

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    Brooks, Charles, Senior Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Buford, Thomas, Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Buford is an Associate Professor in the UAB Department of Medicine, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics & Palliative Care. He also serves as Associate Director for the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine and the NIH-funded Nathan Shock Center for the Basic Biology of Aging. Dr. Buford’s research utilizes clinical and pre-clinical models focused on preserving the health and independence of older adults, including leading multiple recent clinical trials related to exercise and mobility. He curr...

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    Carson Ph.D., Tiffany, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Carson, April, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Casazza Ph.D., Krista, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Chandler-Laney, Paula, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Chang Ph.D., Pi-Ling, Scientist (C) 2000 -

    Pi-Ling Chang, PhD is an Associate Professor of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Chang received her baccalaureate degree in Natural Sciences and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Chicago. After serving as an instructor in the Department of Biochemistry at the King Saud University, Scientific College for Girls in Saudi Arabia for 5 years, she returned to the United States and earned her doctorate degree in Nutrition Sciences under the m...

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    Chatham D.Phil., John, Senior Scientist (C) 2003 -

    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, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Chen received her BS degree from Fudan University and her Ph.D. from Xiamen University. She completed postdoctoral training and was appointed as a research instructor at the University of Vermont, School of Medicine. Dr. Chen joined the faculty of Department of Pathology at UAB in June 2004. She is currently Jay M McDonald, MD, Endowed Professor in Laboratory Medicine, Professor in Molecular and Cellular Pathology and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Education; as well as a Research Ca...

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    Chen, Ching-Yi, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Chen, Yu-Ying, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Cherrington, Andrea, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Coric Ph.D., Tatjana, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Crockett, Kaylee, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Darley-Usmar Ph.D., Victor, Senior Scientist (C) 2001 -

    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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    Davies, Susan, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Deluca, Maria, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Dr. Maria De Luca obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Calabria (Italy) working on the study of human genetic variation using high variable DNA markers. During that time she was awarded a European Union Mobility Program fellowship to work in the laboratory of Dr. Julia Bodmer at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London. The goal of the project was to develop a DNA method to discriminate among HLA alleles and apply it to the study of the genetic history of European populations. Dr. De Luc...

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    Demark-Wahnefried Ph.D., Wendy, Senior Scientist (C) 2010 -

    Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD is Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Demark-Wahnefried received her baccalaureate degree in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry from the University of Michigan and then completed a coordinated master’s degree – dietetic internship through the VA Texas Medical Center, Texas Women’s University and Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her doctoral degree in Nutritional Science from Syr...

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    Desmond D.V.M., Ph.D., Renee, Scientist (C) 2001 -

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    Dimmitt, Reed, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Dreer, Laura, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Durant, Nefertiti, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Dutton Ph.D., Gareth, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Eto Ph.D., Isao, Scientist (C) 2000 -

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    Evans, Retta, Scientist (C) 2014 -

    I have a broad background in health and physical activity, with training in health education, exercise science and nutrition. I have worked with school systems over the past 15 years to implement interventions to improve health and wellness among the student population. My research and resulting presentations and publications have focused primarily on youth and schools related to nutrition, physical activity and wellness. I have also assisted in the development of state policies outlining improv...

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    Fernandez Ph.D., Jose, Scientist (C) 2001 -

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    Fischer, Kathleen, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Fischer studied rainforest canopy ecology in the remote mountains of Papua New Guinea (PNG), where she worked for five years with local villagers and mining companies to establish the Mekil wildlife management area and research station on Mount Stolle. Following her work in PNG, the Wildlife Conservation Society asked her to conduct a marine survey of Lampi Island in Myanmar. The survey resulted in a management plan for the Mergui Archipelago designed to protect natural resources and the tra...

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    Fisher, Gordon, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Scholarship

    My current research is directed towards developing nutritional and behavioral strategies that can reduce the prevalence of metabolic and cardiovascular complications that are associated with type 2 diabetes. I am specifically interested in the mechanistic role through which mitochondrial bioenergetics and redox signaling influence the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes and associated comorbidities.

    Service

    I am an active member of the American College of Sport...

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    Fobian, Aaron, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Aaron D. Fobian earned her B.A. in Psychology from Samford University in 2008 and her Ph.D. in Clinical/Medical Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013. She completed her clinical internship at Baylor College of Medicine in 2013, and in 2014 she completed her psychology post-doctoral fellowship in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Medicine (LEAH) program in the Department of Pediatrics at UAB. Currently she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at...

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    Fontaine Ph.D., Kevin, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    I am a Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Behavior in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the Antoine Lavoisier Endowed Professor of Energetics and Healthy Lifestyles. I also serve as the Associate Director of the Physical Activity and Exercise Core of UAB’s Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC) and as an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Clinical and Molecular Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine...

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    Fouad M.D., M.P.H., Mona, Senior Scientist (C) 2001 -

    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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    Franklin, Frank, Senior Scientist (C) 2001 -

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    Gamble, Karen, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Garvey, W. Timothy, Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

    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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    Gilbert, Shawn, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Goldenberg, Robert, Senior Scientist (C) 2001 -

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    Goss, Amy, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Goss is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition Sciences at UAB, a Register Dietitian, and an early career investigator with expertise in conducting randomized clinical trials to examine the effects of diet quality and macronutrient composition on risk factors of chronic metabolic diseases such as obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and type 2 diabetes. The goal of her research is to identify effective, sustainable, and non-invasive dietary means of preventing and reversing dise...

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    Gower Ph.D., Barbara, Senior Scientist (C) 2001 -

    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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    Gowey, Marissa, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Grams, Jayleen, Associate Scientist (C) 2009 -

    Dr. Jayleen Grams joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009. A native of Minnesota, Grams received her undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University and matriculated into the Medical Scientist Training Program at the UAB. Here, she completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology and her M.D. in 2003. She returned to Minnesota to complete a general surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., followed by a fellowship in minimally invasive ...

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    Griffin, Russell, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Grizzle M.D., Ph.D., William, Associate Scientist (C) 2000 -

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    Gutierrez, Orlando, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Habegger, Kirk, Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Haider, Mohammad, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Halade, Ganesh, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Hardy Ph.D., Robert, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Hartman IV M.D., John, Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Hidalgo, Bertha, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Hill, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Hites PhD, MEd, MS, Lisle, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Holmes, Ross, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Howard, George, Senior Scientist (C) 2002 -

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    Howard, Virginia, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Hunter, Chad, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Irvin, Marguerite, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Jackson, Elizabeth, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Javed Ph.D., Amjad, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Jindal, Ripu, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Judd, Suzanne, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Dr. Suzanne E Judd received her PhD from Emory University in 2008. Her dissertation included a clinical trial studying the effect of different forms of vitamin D on blood pressure. For this work, she was awarded a fellowship from The American Society of Nutrition. Dr. Judd also received an MPH in Epidemiology from Emory in 2005 and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1999. After several years in the pharmaceutical industry manufacturing FDA regulated products, she returned to scho...

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    Kadisha, Inga, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Kaiser, Kathryn, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Kedishvili Ph.D., Natalia, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Kesterson Ph.D., Robert, Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Khaled, Mohammad, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Kim, Jeonga, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    I graduated from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea with B.S and M.S degrees in Nutrition and Biochemistry, respectively. I have broad training and extensive experience in area spanning regulation of gene transcription, signal transduction, cell biology, metabolic and vascular animal physiology, and translational studies with an eye towards therapeutic discovery for human diseases. While in graduate school at Iowa State University and during post-doctoral training at Penn State University, I focuse...

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    Kitchin, Elizabeth, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Knight, John, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Levitan, Emily, Associate Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Lewis M.D., M.S.P.H., Cora, Senior Scientist (C) 2001 -

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    Li M.D., Ph.D., Yuanyuan, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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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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    Li, Li, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Lloyd, Steven, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Dr. Lloyd received his BS from Auburn University and his MD (1997) and Ph.D. (Physics, 1996) from Emory University. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease, with emphasis on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, in 2004. After completing fellowship, Dr. Lloyd joined the faculty at UAB as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease. He is currently Professor of Medicine and Ra...

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    Locher Ph.D., Julie, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Locher accepted a position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care within the Department of Medicine in 1992 as a Research Associate working on National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded projects with prominent aging researchers; earned her PhD in Medical Sociology from UAB in 1999; was promoted to Research Assistant Professor in 2000; earned an MSPH in Health Policy and Outcomes from UAB in 2005; and was promoted to a ...

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    Locke, Jayme, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Lokken, Kristine, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Markland, Alayne, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Markland is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, Alabama. She is also a clinician researcher at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and the Associate Director of Clinical Programs in the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinic Center (GRECC). Her overarching goal is to enhance evidenced-based knowledge regarding the treatment of genito-urinary disord...

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    Maynard Ph.D., Craig, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Mazzoni, Sara, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Sara Mazzoni is a board-certified Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been faculty at UAB since 2016. The majority of her clinical time is spent on labor and delivery, however, she also serves as the director of the group prenatal care clinic for women with gestational diabetes in our Obstetrics Complications Clinic. Her research and educational interests include healthcare delivery models, such as group prenatal care, and perinatal mental health. Additionally, she serves a...

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    McCormick, Kenneth, Senior Scientist (C) 2002 -

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    McCormick, Lisa, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Dr. Lisa C. McCormick (DrPH, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham, BS, University of Southern Mississippi) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the UAB School of Public Health.

    Dr. McCormick is the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice for the UAB School of Public Health. In addition, Dr. McCormick is the Director of the Deep South Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Worker Training Program, the Lead Evaluator for the Region IV ...

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    McDonald, Merry-Lynn, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. McDonald is the Director of Integrative 'Omics and an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. She is a genetic epidemiologist with interests in the analysis of complex traits and diseases including COPD, cachexia, sarcopenia, osteoarthritis and smoking behaviors such as menthol. Her lab is involved with some of the most cutting-edge studies including the Million Veterans Program (MVP) and the Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (T...

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    Mehta, Tapan, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Menear, Kristi, Associate Scientist (C) 2010 -

    Kristi S. Menear’s professional disciplinary background is in special education and adapted physical education. As chair of the Department of Human Studies in the School of Education at UAB, she supports the work of 30 faculty and over 850 students in the following program areas: counselor education, educational foundations, educational leadership, educational psychology and research, community health and human services, physical education, and fitness leadership/exercise science. She is a forme...

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    Merritt, Stephen, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Messina Ph.D., Joseph, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Miller Ph.D., Michael, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Mirov, Sergey, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Mitra Ph.D., Kasturi, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Moellering, Douglas, Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Douglas “Doug” Moellering, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Health Professions, and Department of Nutrition Sciences. He also serves as the Director of the Bioanalytical Redox Biology (BARB) Core, serving multiple investigators in measuring functional mitochondrial physiology, bioenergetics, enzyme activity, markers of oxidative stress, and/or reactive oxygen species formation. Doug espouses and thinks education, either formal or informal, i...

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    Morris, Cody, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

    My academic background is in health and kinesiology, more specifically exercise physiology as a primary focus. As a graduate student, my secondary focus was in biomechanics and since then have conducted several research projects related to this topic as well. I believe this additional exposure allows me to explore research questions that integrate connections between different disciplines and contribute to a wide range of research collaborations. My main line of research and expertise includes t...

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    Morrison PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, Shannon, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Associate Professor at the UAB School of Nursing and teaches across all academic levels (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral). She is a family nurse practitioner and currently serves on the Executive Board Member (Treasurer) of the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama. Dr. Morrison's translational research is aimed to explore how diet, specifically added sugar, and obesity influence cardiometabolic disease onset/prevalence, inflammation, and cognitive impairment in aging adults.

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    Motl, Robert, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Mrug, Sylvie, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Mukhtar, Shahid, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

    Dr. Mukhtar conducted his Ph.D. research on Arabidopsis transcriptional regulatory networks at the Max Planck Institute Cologne, Germany under the supervision of Dr. Imre Somssich. He was fortunate to continue his postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Jeff Dangl, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He employed genomics, bioinformatics and computer-aided systems-level analyses...

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    Muntner, Paul, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Nagy Ph.D., Timothy, Senior Scientist (C) 2001 -

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    Norian Ph.D., Lyse, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Oparil, Suzanne, Senior Scientist (C) 2000 -

    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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    Ovalle, Fernando, Associate Scientist (C) 2003 -

    Dr. Ovalle is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. In addition to maintaining a large and busy clinical practice, he serves as the Director of the Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic, and Director of Diabetes and Glycemic Control Programs at UAB Hospital.

    He is a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (FACE), and an active member of the Ameri...

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    Parks, Dale, Senior Scientist (C) 2001 -

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    Patel Ph.D., Rakesh, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Pavela, Gregory, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    My research examines the determinants and consequences of body weight and weight-related outcomes. There are two broad lines to my research: (1) examining the effect of early life experiences on the health and obesity of midlife and older adults; and (2) examining the effect of social status on weight-related outcomes, including obesity and dietary behaviors. The objective of my research is to improve causal inferences about the determinants of consequences of body weight and identify factors—s...

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    Pekmezi Ph.D., Dorothy, Research Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Peng, Ji-Bin, Associate Scientist (C) 2005 -

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    Peterson, Courtney, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Piyathilake Ph.D., Chandrika, Scientist (C) 2000 -

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    Plaisance, Eric, Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Dr. Plaisance is an Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Plaisance has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Obesity and Metabolism. He is currently Graduate Program Director of the Masters in Exercise Physiology and Undergraduate Honors Program Director.

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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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    Powell, Danielle, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Powell, Mickie, Associate Scientist (C) 2009 -

    I don’t have any aquaria at home because we maintain several hundred in our lab. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with some very unique organisms. During my post doc I worked with hagfish and lampreys — some of the earliest vertebrates. I currently work with sea urchins, zebrafish, and our newest model a small killifish (Nothobranchius furrier) that has the distinction of being the shortest lived vertebrate in captivity.

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    Prasain Ph.D., Jeevan, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Prince, Charles, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Ramanadham Ph.D., Sasanka, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Redden, David, Associate Scientist (C) 2003 -

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    Ren, Bin, Scientist (C) 2019 -

    The research in the Ren Laboratory seeks to determine critical molecular signaling pathways in the transdifferentiation of vascular endothelial cells, angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels from preexisting blood vessels), and arteriogenesis (de novo formation of small arteries), and to develop molecular strategies for stimulating or inhibiting the growth of these vessels. The current research focuses on how extracellular signaling couples epigenetic and transcriptional regulation of f...

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    Rice PhD, RN, FAAN, Marti, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Marti Rice is very active in leadership positions in nursing research organizations at the national (Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science) and regional (Southern Nursing Research Society) level. She is known for her community-based research examining factors related to blood pressure in preschool and school-age children including stress and anger. Her biobehavioral research program with children spans over a quarter of a century and has been funded by the National Institute of Nurs...

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    Riddle Ph.D., Nicole, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

    Dr. Riddle obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, carrying out research in a maize lab. During her graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis, she first learned about epigenetics, a research field that focuses on heritable changes in phenotypes that are not associated with changes in the DNA. At the time, epigenetics was poorly understood, and her fascination with this field has grown with the scientific community’s increasing appreciation for the...

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    Rimmer, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Rogers M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.S.M., Laura, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Dr. Laura Rogers is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is also a Senior Scientist in the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), Center for Exercise Medicine, and the Cancer Control and Population Science Program of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. She completed her MD degree at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, internal medicine internship and residency at the Medical College of Georgia, and a Ma...

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    Rowe, Glenn, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Saag M.D., Michael, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    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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    Salas, Ariel, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Samant Ph.D., Rajeev, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Sanders M.D., Paul, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Sayer, Richard, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Obesity is one of the most serious and complex public health challenges our society has faced. Past research has shown tremendous inter-individual variability in weight loss in response to physical activity and dietary interventions, which is driven by a complex set of biological, behavioral, environmental, and psychosocial influences on adherence and energy balance. My education and training in exercise nutrition, and translational science have fostered a strong desire to understand this comple...

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    Scarinci-Searles, Isabel, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Sen, Bisakha, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Shelton, Richard, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Shikany Dr.P.H., James, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Singh, Jasvinder, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Slominski M.D., Ph.D., Andrzej, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Smith Jr., Daniel, Associate Scientist (C) 2010 -

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    Sorge, Robert, Scientist (C) 2018 -

    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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    Stahl, Richard, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    An Alabama resident since childhood, Dr. Stahl attended Auburn University where he graduated with highest honors and a BS in biology. He received his M.D. degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, and completed his internship and surgery residency at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham. He entered private practice in 1994, ultimately forming Cahaba Valley Surgical Group, and practiced a full range of general surgery including gastrointestinal, breast, th...

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    Steyn, Andries, Scientist (C) 2001 -

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    Stoll, Matthew, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Sun, Liou, Associate 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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    Sun, Ruoyan, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Szalai, Alexander, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    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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    Tamura, Tsunenobu, Senior Scientist (C) 2001 -

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    Tanik, Murat, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Tiwari Ph.D., Hemant, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Tollefsbol Ph.D., Trygve, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Tollefsbol is a professor of Biology and a senior scientist in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, and the Comprehensive Diabetes Center. He is director of the UAB Cell Senescence Culture Facility, which he established in 1999.

    Dr. Tollefsbol holds doctorate degrees in molecular biology and osteopathic medicine and has published over 120 articles related to the fields of epigenetics, telomerase, aging, and c...

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    van Groen, Thomas, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Velu Ph.D., Sadanandan, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Velu did his postdoctoral research at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and at Clemson University. He joined the Medicinal Chemistry division of the Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering at UAB in 1997 and worked as a Staff Scientist through 2004. He also held a joined appointment in the Chemistry department as a Research Faculty during the period, 2002-2004. He joined the Chemistry department as an Assistant Professor in August of 2004 and was tenured and promoted to Associa...

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    Vogtle, Laura, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Wallace, Stephenie, Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Warriner, Amy, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Watts, Stephen, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    Dr. Stephen Watts began his career in aquatic science in the 9th grade, when he became enthusiastically interested in all things aquatic. Having completed degrees in marine and aquatic biology, he joined UAB in 1987, and has developed a strong program in aquatic and marine science. His interests include basic science, as well as applied science (aquaculture) and subsequently medical application of aquatic animal models.

    He is widely known as an expert in aquatic nutrition science, and h...

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    Wende, Adam, Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Since 2000, Dr. Wende has explored the regulation of metabolism and mitochondrial function with a specific focus on glucose utilization in heart and muscle. After completing his undergraduate biochemistry degree and an Honors Thesis with Dr. Mark R. Brodl at Knox College in Galesburg, IL he went on to undertake his Ph.D. training in the Cardiology Department as part of the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, MO studying transcriptional regulation wi...

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    Wilkinson, Larrell, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Scholarship

    In research and information dissemination, my role is to address the areas of health promotion and health services. My research interests include: health disparities, health communication, and health and human services utilization. In this work, I examine pathways to building health equity in communities, the process to disseminating health information and behavior change within segments of the population, and work to mediate factors that influence access and quality of heal...

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    Wingo, Brooks, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Wood, Kyle, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Wood joined UAB Urology in July 2016. He completed his undergraduate degree at Brown University, graduating with honors. He then attended medical school at University of Massachusetts, and completed his residency at Wake Forest University. Dr. Wood is fellowship trained in endourology with a primary focus on kidney stone disease.

    His surgical expertise is in complex kidney stone disease and surgeries. He is a trained open, endoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic surgeon. Dr. Wood and n...

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    Wyss, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2000 -

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    Yarar, Ceren, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Yi Ph.D., Nengjun, Senior Scientist (C) 2003 -

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    Yoder Ph.D., Bradley, Senior Scientist (C) 2005 -

    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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    Young, Martin, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Martin Young received his Bachelors, Masters, PhD degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford. Following postdoctoral training at Boston University and the University of Texas-Houston, Dr. Young held faculty appointments at the University of Texas-Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, before joining the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Young is currently a Professor of Medicine, Vice-Director for Research in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease, and Section Chief for...

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    Younger, Jarred, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Zayzafoon M.D., Ph.D., Majd, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Majd Zayzafoon, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology. He serves as the Director of the UAB-Center for Metabolic Bone Disease (UAB-CMBD), is Co-Director of the NIH P30 UAB Core Center for Basic and Translational Skeletal Research, and is PI of the NIH T32 Comprehensive Training Program in Bone Biology and Disease. Majd Zayzafoon was born in Birmingham and grew up in Norwich, England. He went to medical school at Damascus University, Syria where he obtained his MD degr...

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

    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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    Zhang, Jay, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Jianyi “Jay” Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.H.A., is an international leader in myocardial bioenergetics, biomaterials, and stem cells for cardiac repair. He is tenured Professor of Medicine and of Engineering; T. Michael and Gillian Goodrich Endowed Chair of Engineering Leadership; and the Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), a joint department of the School of Medicine and School of Engineering, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

    He came to UAB in October 2...

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    Zhou, Lufang, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

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