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    Fu, Lianwu, Director 2016 -

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    Rowe, Steven, Director 2015 -

    Steven M. Rowe was born in Baton Rouge, LA in May 1972. He received his BA degree from the University of Virginia in 1994, his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in 1998, and an MSPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005. He completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics internship and residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also completed a combined Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Pulmonary fellowship at the University of Alaba...

  • Center Members - Faculty

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    Acosta Pharm.D., Edward, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Ahmad, Shama, Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Aller Ph.D., Stephen, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Antony M.D., Veena, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Dr. Antony is Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Antony's medical training began at Christian Medical College in Ludhiana, India. Following medical school, Dr. Antony progressed to an internship and residency at New York's Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Following her Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship training in the University of Colorado's School of Medicine, Dr. Antony worked in Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Colorado Health S...

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    Atigadda Ph.D., Venkatram, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

    I am originally from Hyderabad, a city located in southern part of India. After a BS degree in pharmacy I came to the US for graduate education at Auburn University. I obtained a PhD in medicinal chemistry from the Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University.

    After my PhD, I came to UAB in pursuit of a post-doctoral fellowship. After completing my post-doctoral work, I accepted a research faculty position at UAB.

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    Barnes Ph.D., Stephen, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    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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    Bebok, Zsuzsanna, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

    MAJOR RESEARCH INTERESTS
    1) Membrane protein biogenesis in epithelial cells
    a. Endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation (ERAD)
    b. ER quality control (EQC)
    c. The unfolded protein response (UPR)
    2) Gene expression regulation by the UPR
    a. The mechanisms of UPR-associated transcriptional repression
    b. The mechanisms of the UPR-activated ERAD
    c. UPR activated micro-RNAs
    d. The role of miRNAs in the regulation of ER protein influx during the UPR.
    e. The r...

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    Bedwell Ph.D., David, Senior Scientist (C) 1992 -

    David Bedwell, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, completed his undergraduate studies in Microbiology at Purdue University (B.S. with Honors, 1979). His graduate work in Molecular Biology was done with Dr. Masayasu Nomura at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, (Ph.D., 1985). He then carried out a postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Scott Emr's laboratory at Caltech. Dr. Bedwell joined the faculty at UAB in 1988. At the national level, he is in a second 5...

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    Bernard, Karen, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Bernard is an Assistant Professor in the UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. She began her research training by earning degrees in Life Sciences and Cellular Biology & Physiology from France's University of Nice. She followed this initial training with an MSc in Pharmacology and a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology, also from the University of Nice. Dr. Bernard worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the UAB Department of Physiology & Biophysics starting in 2004, be...

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    Bevensee, Mark, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Birket, Susan, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Birket received her PharmD from the University of Kansas in 2007. She received a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, with an emphasis in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics, from the University of Kentucky, under the mentorship of Dr. David Feola. After graduating in 2012, she joined the Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division as a T32 trainee, under the mentorship of Dr. Steven Rowe.

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    Blalock, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    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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    Bray PhD, RN, CNL, Leigh, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Cho, Do Yeon, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Chow Ph.D., Louise, Senior Scientist (C) 1995 -

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    Collawn Ph.D., James, Senior Scientist (C) 1993 -

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    Dell'Italia, Louis, Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Dransfield, Mark, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Dr. Dransfield completed his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997, followed by residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he served as Chief Fellow. He has been on the faculty at UAB since 2003 and is currently Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine. He serves as the Medical Director of the UAB Lung ...

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    Du, Ming, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Falany Ph.D., Charles, Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Fanucchi, Michelle, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Fu, Lianwu, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Fuller, Catherine, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Gaggar, Amit, Scientist (C) 2007 -

    Dr. Gaggar obtained his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 2000 as a member of the prestigious Inteflex program. He then moved to Birmingham, AL where he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2003. Following residency training, he began fellowship training at UAB in pulmonary and critical care medicine. During the research phase of his fellowship training, he worked in the laboratories of Dr. JP Clancy (Ch...

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    Grizzle M.D., Ph.D., William, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Guimbellot, Jennifer, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Gutierrez, Hector, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Harris, William, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

    CF researcher

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    Harrod, Kevin, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Hartman IV M.D., John, Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Hathorne, Heather, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Hoover, Wynton, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Judd, Suzanne, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Kappes Ph.D., John, Scientist (C) 2000 -

    John C. Kappes (b. 1957), Associate Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, completed his undergraduate studies in biology at Thomas More College (B.A. in Biology, 1981) and received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Experimental Medicine from St. Thomas Institute in 1986. Dr. Kappes completed his postdoctoral fellowship studying the molecular pathogenesis of human immunodeficiency viruses and joined the UAB faculty in 1989.

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    Keeling, Kim, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Kesterson Ph.D., Robert, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Kim Ph.D., Harrison, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Kong, Michele, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

    I am a translational physician scientist with a clinical practice in a tertiary 24-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). My basic science research is focused on understanding the role and impact of protease dysregulation in the pathogenesis of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) lung disease and acute lung injury in children. In 2012, I was selected to be a Pediatric Critical Care Scientist Development Program Scholar (sponsored by NICHD), and in 2014, I successfully secured my own funding fro...

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    Krick, Stefanie, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Krick is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Following her fellowship training and internships at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami and Mount Sinai Medical Center, she worked as an assistant professor of medicine at the Miller School of Medicine's Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. She has completed training in internal medicine, molecular biology, pulmonary medicine, critical care and vascular medicine.

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    Ladores PhD, RN, PNP, CNE, Sigrid, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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

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    Lal, Charitharth, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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

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    Leier Ph.D., Andre, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Liu M.D., Ph.D., Rui-Ming, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    Dr. Rui-Ming Liu received her M.D. and PhD (in Toxicology) degrees from Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China. She is an American Board of Toxicology certified Toxicologist. Dr. Liu joined the UAB School of Public Health in 1999 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005. In 2014, Dr. Liu was promoted to Professor with tenure and moved from School of Public Health to School of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division.

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    Liu, Gang, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Liu graduated from China Medical University with a D.M.D. degree in 1994 and from Wuhan University with a Ph.D. degree in 1999. He received postdoctoral training in the Medical College of Georgia and the University of Alabama at Birmingham through 2003. Dr. Liu worked as a Research Associate from 2003-2006 in the Department of Cell Biology at University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Departm...

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    Lowman Jr., John, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Marquez-Lago Ph.D., Tatiana, Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Research in the Marquez-Lago lab combines (wet lab) experiments involving bioengineering, micro- and molecular biology techniques, with (drylab) data analysis, AI, modeling and simulation techniques. In a nutshell, we investigate (1) host-microbiota interactions in complex human diseases, (2) microbial multi-drug resistance, and (3) gene expression and chromatin organization. In addition, we study (4) the role and effect of mechanical forces ('mechanobiology') and cell compartmentalization in pa...

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    Matalon, Sadis, Senior Scientist (C) 1992 -

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    McClintock, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2000 -

    James B. McClintock came to UAB in 1987 and has served as Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (1999-2003) and as Interim Dean of the Graduate School (2003-2005). His research has been funded continuously over the past 25 years by the National Science Foundation and focuses on aspects of marine invertebrate nutrition, reproduction, and primarily, Antarctic marine chemical ecology. His research has grown to include studies of the impacts of rapid climate change and ocean acidifi...

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    McNicholas-Bevensee, Carmel, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Mrug, Sylvie, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Mutyam, Venkateshwar, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Mutyam received his PhD in Biology from the University of Dayton in 2012. In 2013, he joined UAB's Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine as a postdoctoral research fellow. In the laboratory of Dr. Steven Rowe, Dr. Mutyam investigated the role of premature stop codons in CFTR gene, representing an exciting strategy for treatment of genetic diseases caused by nonsense mutations, which are responsible for approximately 10 percent of all genetic diseases. Following his resea...

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    Nahm M.D., Moon, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Moon H. Nahm, Professor of Department of Medicine, with secondary appointment in Microbiology, obtained both his BA degree (in 1970) and MD degree (in 1974) from Washington University in St. Louis MO. In 1980, he completed both Internal Medicine and Laboratory Medicine residency training in Pathology Department, as well as completing post-doctoral research training in Microbiology Department at Washington University in St. Louis MO. He was a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis a...

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    Oates, Gabriela, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Oster Ph.D., Robert A., Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Pence, Gregory, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Gregory Pence studied applied ethics with famous ethicist Peter Singer at NYU and helped found the new field of bioethics. For 34 years he taught a required, graded course to 200 medical students at UAB. Between 1984-1985 he chaired the Board of Directors at Birmingham AIDS Outreach, and from 1985 to 1995 the UAB Speakers Committee.

    He is known in bioethics for his best-selling Medical Ethics textbook, now in its 27th year and eighth edition, and his defense of humane biotechnology, suc...

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    Pittet, Jean-Francois, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Ponnazhagan Ph.D., Selvarangan, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Raju, S.Vamsee, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    S. Vamsee Raju, B.Pharm, PhD. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his Pharmacy degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in 2005. In 2011, he graduated with a PhD in Genetics from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

    His graduate research identified two entirely new mechanisms by which alcohol affects innate airway defenses to cause lung infections. Dr. Raju then went on to comple...

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    Rowe, Steven, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

    Steven M. Rowe was born in Baton Rouge, LA in May 1972. He received his BA degree from the University of Virginia in 1994, his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in 1998, and an MSPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005. He completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics internship and residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also completed a combined Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Pulmonary fellowship at the University of Alaba...

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    Schafer, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2000 -

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    Schwiebert Ph.D., Lisa, Scientist (C) 1997 -

    Lisa M. Schwiebert received a BS degree in Chemistry from Bates College in 1986 and a PhD in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College in 1993. After completing her postdoctoral training in Clinical Immunology at Johns Hopkins University, she was appointed as an instructor in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Schwiebert joined the faculty of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UAB in 1997 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure...

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    Scoffield, Jessica, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Shalev, Anath, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

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    Solomon, George, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Solomon's clinical interest centers on the care of CF and non-CF bronchiectasis patients and the pursuit of continued inpatient medicine care of these patients in the acute care setting.

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    Stalvey, Michael, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Steele III, Claude, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Swords, William, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. W. Edward Swords received a B.S. in microbiology from Auburn University, followed by a M.S. from Mississippi State University. He completed his PhD studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1996. After an ASM/NCID fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Swords carried out postdoctoral work with Dr. Michael Apicella at the University of Iowa, studying the bacterial opportunist nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae. In 2002, he joined the faculty in the Dep...

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    Sztul Ph.D., Elizabeth, Scientist (C) 2000 -

    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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    Thannickal, Victor, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Thannickal is Professor of Medicine and the Ben Vaughan Branscomb Chair of Medicine in Respiratory Disease at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Following his fellowship training at Tufts University School of Medicine, he has held faculty positions at Tufts, University of Michigan and UAB, where he currently serves as director of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. Under his leadership, the division has grown to over 65 faculty members and expanded its...

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    Tiwari Ph.D., Hemant, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Troxler, Robert, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Turner, Kenneth, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Velu Ph.D., Sadanandan, Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Virella-Lowell, Isabel, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Wang, Wei, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Watts, Ray, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Wells, James, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Wells’ research and clinical interest focuses on COPD, including COPD-associated pulmonary vascular disease. He is currently exploring the mechanism by which a tri-peptide extracellular matrix collagen fragment causes pulmonary hypertension in COPD through a translational research project that incorporates his interest in proteomics and imaging. Dr. Wells received his Internal Medicine and Pulmonary / Critical Care post-graduate training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He a...

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    Winter, Gretchen, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Winter earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 2012, completed residency training at Indiana University in 2016, and finished her fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in 2019. Dr. Winter’s recent work includes studies in medical education and patient-physician communication.

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    Woodworth, Bradford, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Worthey, Elizabeth, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Wu, Hui, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Yoder Ph.D., Bradley, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Zhao, Rui, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Rui Zhao is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. Dr. Zhao received his B.S. degree from Beijing University in China (1998) and Ph.D. degree from the University of Iowa (2004). He received his postdoctoral training in Dr. George Daley’s laboratory at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, and joined the UAB faculty in 2012.

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