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    Powell, Craig, Director 2018 -

  • Faculty Center Appointments

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    Alexander, Matthew, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Dr. Alexander earned his PhD in Genetics and Developmental Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Garry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His graduate training focused on the characterization of forkhead transcription factors in skeletal muscle and cardiac progenitor cells. He moved to Boston in 2008 to join the laboratory of Dr. Louis Kunkel as a postdoctoral fellow where he focused on characterizing the role of non-coding RNAs in skeletal muscle diseases. He wa...

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    Allendorfer, Jane, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Amthor, Franklin, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    My career has been devoted to understanding neural computation, both for its own sake and for the sake of making neural prosthesis that restore and augment human function. My specific research has been to investigate complex neural computations in retinal ganglion cells, the first locus in the visual system of highly specific and nonlinear analyses such as motion and directional selectivity.

    The first task I took on as a retinal researcher was to identify, by intracellular recording and...

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    Andrews, William, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    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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    Ball, Karlene, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    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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    Bebin, Martina, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Benveniste Ph.D., Tika, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    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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    Bevensee, Mark, Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Biasini, Fred, Associate Scientist (C) 1995 -

    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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    Bibb, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

    James Bibb received bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors from Murray State University and the University of Kentucky, respectively. He worked in the Cell Biology and Physiology Department at Washington University in St. Louis before completing his doctorate in cellular and developmental biology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His doctoral thesis characterized the poliovirus receptor protein in Eckard Wimmer’s laboratory. Dr. Bibb’s postdoctoral training was conducted i...

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    Blalock, J, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    J. Edwin Blalock, Ph.D., joined the Department of Medicine as a Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine and became the Scientific Director of the Lung Health Center in 2009. Dr. Blalock is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Florida where he received both a B.S. and Ph.D. degree. He was previously a Professor in the UAB Department of Physiology and Biophysics, having been recruited to UAB in 1986 from the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he...

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    Britt M.D., William, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Carlo, Waldemar, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Chang Ph.D., Chenbei, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Cohen M.D., Mitchell, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Mitchell Cohen, MD, a national leader in pediatric medicine and an internationally renowned specialist in children’s digestive disorders, is chair of the UAB Department of Pediatrics in the University of Alabama School of Medicine and physician-in-chief of Children’s of Alabama.

    Cohen is a former professor of pediatrics, vice-chair for clinical affairs, and director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

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    Day, Jeremy, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Descartes, Maria, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    I am a pediatrician and geneticist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I did my fellowship in genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, after which I accepted a faculty position in the Department of Genetics at UAB in 1991. I am board certified both by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Board of Medical Genetics in Clinical and Medical Biochemical Genetics. My clinical practice is primarily as a general geneticist with expertise in dysmorphology, skeletal...

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    Detloff Ph.D., Peter, Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Dobrunz, Lynn, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Dure, Leon, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Galli, Aurelio, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Gamble, Karen, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Gamlin, Paul, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Gawne, Timothy, Scientist (C) 2006 -

    I was originally trained as an electrical engineer, and worked in industry for a time, but then moved on to physiology. I am first and foremost a systems neuroscientist: I am interested in how information is processed and transmitted in the nervous system, not so much the details of specific genes and ion channels etc. I worked at the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) before moving to the UAB School of Optometry in 1996, where I remain to this day. I have applied this interest to the v...

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    Goldberg, Matthew, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Guest, Kristi, Associate Scientist (C) 2003 -

    Dr. Kristi Carter Guest is the Disabilities Services Coordinator for the UAB Early Head Start Program, Research Coordinator for the UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics and the UAB Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. She serves on the Executive Board for the Central Alabama Early Intervention Council and is on the planning committee for the statewide Alabama Early Intervention Conference.

    Dr. Gu...

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    Hablitz, John, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Herskowitz, Jeremy, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Hjelmeland Ph.D., Anita, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Hu, Kejin, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Kejin Hu received his PhD degree in molecular biology in 2003 from the University of Hong Kong. Before that, he conducted his master research program in fungal biochemistry at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He then conducted his first postdoctoral research in muscle development in C elegant at Cornell University. His second postdoctoral research is Tor signaling in budding yeast at the University of Pittsburgh. He received extensive training in human embryonic stem cell biology and p...

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    Kana, Rajesh, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Kana has several years of experience in research in the field of autism spectrum disorders. After earning PhD from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India, he completed his postdoctoral training at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2001 he was awarded the William Fulbright pre-doctoral research fellow to do research at University of California Los Angeles. He joined UAB in 2007.

    Dr. Kana is the director of the Cognition, Brain and Autism Laboratory at UAB, and the co-directo...

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    Kano, Shinichi, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Kesterson Ph.D., Robert, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Keyser Ph.D., Kent, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Khatri, Snehal, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    King M.D., Peter, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    King Ph.D., Gwendalyn, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Kirby, Russell, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Knight, David, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Knight’s laboratory is focused on better understanding the neural substrates of human learning, memory, and emotion using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques that include functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Behavioral and MRI studies from the lab investigate questions that are important for understanding healthy, as well as dysfunctional, emotion processes.

    Recent work from the Knight lab has investigated the neural circuitry that ...

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    Korf M.D., Ph.D., Bruce, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Korf is Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Chair in Medical Genetics, Professor and Chair of the Department of Genetics, Director of the Heflin Center for Genomic Sciences at UAB, and Co-Director of the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine. He is a medical geneticist, pediatrician, and child neurologist, certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics (clinical genetics, clinical cytogenetics, clinical molecular genetics), American Board of Pediatrics, and American Board of Psychiatr...

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    Kraft, Timothy, Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Lahti, Adrienne, Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Lefkowitz Ph.D., Elliot, Scientist (C) 2006 -

    Since 1992, I have played a significant role in the development and provision of bioinformatics support and resources at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). I am currently Director of Informatics for the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS), an NIH/NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award site; Director of the UAB AIDS Center (CFAR) Bioinformatics Facility; and Director of the Bioinformatics Core for the UAB Microbiome Facility. As Director of these Informat...

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    Lester, Robin, Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Loop, Michael, Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Lubin, Farah, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Madan-Swain Ph.D., Avi, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Matthies, Heinrich, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    McLain, Amie, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    Born in Coral Gables Florida. Attended University of Alabama for undergraduate degree in Microbiology, Attended University of Alabama (at Birmingham) for Medical School and residency. Completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a special interest in Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders

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    McMahon Wakefield, Lori, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

    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) 2006 -

    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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    Messiaen Ph.D., Ludwine, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Mirman, Daniel, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Mirman received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Psychology from Cornell University in 2000 and his PhD in 2005 from Carnegie Mellon University and the interdisciplinary cognitive neuroscience program in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. His doctoral work combined behavioral experiments and computational modeling to study how auditory perception and language knowledge interact during speech perception. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Connecticut ...

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    Mohamed, Ismail, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Ness, Jayne, Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Netto M.D., Georges, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Nicholas, Anthony, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    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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    Niwa, Minae, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    O'Kelley, Sarah, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    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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    Parpura, Vladimir, Scientist (C) 2007 -

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    Pati, Sandipan, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Peralta-Carcelen, Ada, Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Percy, Alan, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Pozzo-Miller, Lucas, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

    Lucas Pozzo-Miller completed his undergraduate studies in Biology (MS, 1986) and earned his graduate degree in Neurobiology from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina (PhD, 1989). He trained as postdoctoral fellow at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH, with Dr. Dennis Landis (1990-1992), and at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, Nutley NJ, with Dr. John Connor (1992-1995). He performed research at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole MA, with Dr. Rodolfo Llinás...

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    Pruett, Brandon, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Raman, Chander, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Raman’s laboratory interrogates molecular and cellular mechanisms driving the immunopathogenesis of autoimmune diseases with a special emphasis on multiple sclerosis (MS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Within this are of research, the current studies focus on molecular mechanisms underlying activation and differentiation of effector T cells, B cells and innate cells in the pathogenesis of these autoimmune diseases. Current investigations involve human immunology bridged with mouse models to ...

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    Roberts, Rosalinda, Senior Scientist (C) 2007 -

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    Ryan Ph.D., Thomas, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Sharer, Jon, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Sims, Brian, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Stavrinos, Despina, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Stavrinos is the Director of the Translational Research for Injury Prevention (TRIP) Laboratory. The TRIP Lab offers students at various levels of training (high school, undergraduate, graduate, post-doc) and from various disciplines (e.g., psychology, medicine, public health, engineering, computer science) the opportunity to conduct high quality behavioral research. Since its establishment in 2009, nearly 100 students have been trained under Stavrinos’ mentorship.

    Experiential lear...

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    Sztul Ph.D., Elizabeth, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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

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    Taub, Edward, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    Edward Taub is a University Professor in the Department of Psychology and is the director of the CI Therapy Research Group and Taub Training Clinic. He received his PhD in psychology from New York University in 1970 under the supervision of Dr. Edgar E. Coons and later worked with Dr. Neil E. Miller.

    Dr. Taub is a behavioral neuroscientist who developed a family of techniques — Constraint-Induced Movement therapy (or CI therapy) — that have been shown to be effective in improving the re...

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    Theibert, Anne, Scientist (C) 2006 -

    Anne Theibert received her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1985. She is an Professor of Neurobiology, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology and Biophysics.

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    van Groen, Thomas, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Ver Hoef, Lawrence, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Ver Hoef completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech and attended medical school at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed neurology residency and epilepsy fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he then became a faculty member at the UAB Epilepsy Center. He is board certified in Neurology (ABPN), Neuroimaging (UCNS), and Epilepsy (ABPN). He has a secondary appointment in Biomedical Engineering. He collaborates with ...

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    Visscher, Kristina, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Volpicelli-Daley, Laura, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Wadiche, Jacques, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Wadiche, Linda, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Walker, Harrison, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Watts, Ray, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Ray L. Watts, M.D., UAB's seventh president, has demonstrated visionary leadership in education, research and patient care throughout his career.

    A Birmingham native and graduate of West End High School, Dr. Watts earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering at UAB in 1976. The collaborations he had with biomedical engineering students as an undergraduate sparked an interest in medicine and, four years later, he graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis as valed...

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    Whitley M.D., Richard, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    Richard Whitley, M.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Microbiology, Medicine and Neurosurgery; Loeb Eminent Scholar Chair in Pediatrics; Co-Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases; Vice-Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Senior Scientist, Department of Gene Therapy; Scientist, Cancer Research and Training Center; Faculty, Gene Therapy Center; Associate Director for Drug Discovery and Development and Senior Leader, Pediatric Oncology Program, O’Neal Comprehensi...

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    Wilson Ph.D., Scott, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Wingate, Martha, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    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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    Wyss, J, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Yacoubian, Talene, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Zhang Ph.D., Jianhua, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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