Minority Health & Research Center

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Center Members - Faculty

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    A. Lewis-Maddox, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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

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    Adam Wende, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Adolfo Molina, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Ahmed Lazrak, Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Allison Jones PhD, RN, CCNS, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Jones began her nursing career working in the University of Kentucky Emergency Department, a Level I trauma center. She completed her PhD in Nursing in 2015 with a focus on outcomes associated with use of older stored blood in patients with major trauma. She is certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Acute Care, and in Patient Blood Management. Dr. Jones is actively involved in the Stop the Bleed campaign through her connections with the UAB trauma team, and is a certified Stop The...

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    Allison Shorten PhD, RN, RM, FACM, FAAN, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Dr. Allison Shorten, Professor in Nursing, serves as Director of UAB Office of Interprofessional Curriculum. An Australian registered nurse and midwife, Dr. Shorten is internationally recognized for her trailblazing Birth Choices decision aid research. A fellow of the Australian College of Midwives, she has made significant contributions to the midwifery profession and international research supporting shared decision making in pregnancy. Dr. Shorten, an expert in evidence based curriculum desig...

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    Ambika Ashraf, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Ambika Ashraf is the Division Director of Pediatric Endocrinology at UAB, Ralph Frohsin Endowed Chair in Pediatric Endocrinology. Also, she is Director of the Pediatric Lipid Clinic at the Children’s of Alabama, Co-Director of the multi-disciplinary Pediatric Metabolic Bone clinic, and an Associate Director of the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center. She is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics. She earned her medical degree from the Calicut University, Kerala, India. Subsequently, she c...

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    Andrea Cherrington, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Anne Zinski, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    After completing her doctorate, Dr. Zinski spent six years in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases investigating the impact of behavioral interventions on patient self-care behaviors, including screening and retention in care.

    In 2015, Dr. Zinski was recruited by the Department of Medical Education to advance educational research and program evaluation for the School of Medicine, and in 2017 she was named Director of Educational Research, Evaluation, and Assessment. Her aims inclu...

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    April Carson, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    Ariel Salas, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Bertha Hidalgo, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Beverly Williams, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Bisakha Sen, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr Bisakha (Pia) Sen is tenured Professor and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Endowed Chair in Health Economics. Her primary interest is investigating the determinants of health for vulnerable populations, with a focus on the role of policy and interventions at institutional, state and federal levels. Particularly, she has developed an extensive research agenda focusing on health outcomes among Alabama residents, with funding support from Alabama Medicaid and Alabama Children's Health Insurance Progr...

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    Brian Sims, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    C Ann Gakumo PhD, RN, Associate Scientist (C) 2009 -

    Dr. C. Ann Gakumo is internationally known for her research in addressing health disparities and low health literacy in African Americans living with HIV. In addition to her research, she has made significant contributions in advancing health literacy initiatives and global health into health professional education

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    Carlos Estrada, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

    Carlos A. Estrada, MD, MS, is Chief of the Section of General Internal Medicine (GIM) at the Birmingham VAMC and Professor of Medicine, with tenure, and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He is also Associate Provost for Interprofessional Education and Director, Center for Interprofessional Education & Simulation at UAB.

    Estrada is a long-standing member of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), he chaired ...

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    Carlton Young, Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Since 1997, Dr. Young has been Director of pancreas transplantation at UAB. A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Young received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University. He then matriculated to medical school at Johns Hopkins, graduating in 1987. Dr. Young then returned to Philadelphia to complete his general surgical training at Thomas Jefferson University by 1993. He then spent two years at the University of Wisconsin as an abdominal transplant fellow. After graduation in 1995, he spent tw...

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    Carol Garrison, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Chandrika Piyathilake Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Dr. Piyathilake is a tenured Professor of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and a Senior Scientist in the UAB’s NIH-funded Clinical Nutrition Research Center (CNRC), Comprehensive Cancer Center (UABCCC) and the Minority Health Research Center (MHRC). She trained as a Dental Surgeon in Sri-Lanka and then completed her Master’s degree in international health and a PhD degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in th...

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    Christopher Girkin, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Christopher A. Girkin, MD, MSPH, FACS is the chairman of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Ophthalmology and Chief Medical Officer for the Callahan Eye Hospital. After residency at UAB he completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and was a Heed Glaucoma Fellow at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center at the University of California, San Diego. He joined the UAB faculty and founded the Department’s Glaucoma Service in 1999. Dr. Girkin has authored ...

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    Claudette Poole, Associate Scientist (C) 2020 -

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    Cody Morris, 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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    Comfort Enah PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Scientist (C) 2009 -

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

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    Connie White-Williams, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Crystal Chapman Lambert PhD, CRNP, NP-C, FNP-BC, ACRN, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Chapman Lambert is a promising early career investigator. Her research activities focus on improving health outcomes for minority population, more specifically women living with HIV (WLWH). For her dissertation she recruited and administered a survey to 300 WLWH to assess their attitudes, beliefs and knowledge regarding HPV and cervical cancer screening. Continuing her passion to improve health outcomes for WLWH, Dr. Chapman Lambert is evaluating multilevel factors that impact medication and...

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    Cynthia Owsley, Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Daniel Chu M.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Daniel Chu joined the UAB Department of Surgery in July 2014 as an assistant professor in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. Born in Michigan and raised in North Carolina, Dr. Chu completed his undergraduate studies at Yale in 2002 and obtained his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2006. He completed his general surgery residency at Boston University Medical Center in 2013, which included a two-year research fellowship. Dr. Chu then completed a fellowship in ...

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    David Batey, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Dayna Watson, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dayna Watson completed a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of Florida. She has extensive experience and training in clinical supervision and mental health counseling, specializing in counseling children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Watson’s clinical areas include play therapy techniques and creative interventions with children and adolescents, group therapy with young children, and cognitive therapy. Her research interests include issues of social class and p...

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    Debasish Chattopadhyay Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Dr. Debasish Chattopadhyay received his BS in Chemistry and MS in Biochemistry from Calcutta University, India. He obtained Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Jadavpur University, India in 1989. He conducted his postdoctoral research at the Upjohn Company in Michigan. This work was part of an NIH funded collaborative effort involving several academic institutions and pharmaceutical industries for the discovery of potent antiretroviral drugs. Dr. Chattopadhyay's work focussed on the structure-functio...

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    Dina Avery, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Dr. Dina Avery is an Assistant Professor and Regulatory Affairs Specialist for the UAB Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs Program. Dr. Avery also has an appointment as an Associate Scientist within the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center. She serves as the Faculty Advisor for the UAB Graduate Career Awareness and Trends (GCAT).

    Dr. Avery received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Montevallo (Sociology/Family & Child Studies). Dr. Avery also holds a Mas...

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    Dione King, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Education:
    BA, Spelman College
    MSW, University of Georgia
    PhD, University of Georgia
    Dr. King’s long-standing commitment to disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalized populations is evidenced through her professional and research experiences working with children and families in juvenile justice, child welfare, education, nonprofit and homeless/transitional housing settings. Her research focuses on health behaviors and health disparities that impact the adolescent and young adult...

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    Dorothy Pekmezi Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Douglas Moellering, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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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    Edwin Aroke PhD, CRNA, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Dr. Aroke is a CRNA and Assistant Professor in the Nurse Anesthesia track. In 2016, Dr. Aroke received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School with distinction; earning the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for his academic excellence, and clinical/community leadership. In 2011, he completed his Nurse Anesthesia education at Duke University Nurse Anesthesia Program in Durham, NC.

    Dr. Aroke is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), The Nu...

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    Elizabeth Brown Ph.D., MPH, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Emily Johnston, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    I am a pediatric oncologist with a focus on solid tumors and end-of-life care research. I am originally from Iowa, went to Carleton College in Minnesota for undergraduate before heading to Stanford for my medical training. I joined the UAB faculty July 2018. I live in Homewood with my son and husband and enjoy running, reading, hiking, and spending time with my little guy.

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    Emily Levitan, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Emily Smitherman, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Emily Smitherman is Assistant Professor of Pediatric Rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She attended medical school at University of Texas Southwestern, completed her pediatrics residency at Duke University, and completed her pediatric rheumatology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. She earned a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research from the University of Cincinnati and completed advanced quality improvement coursework th...

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    Fernando Ovalle, Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

    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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    Fouad Fouad, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Fouad H. Fouad is Professor and Chairman of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. He teaches and conducts research in the area of reinforced concrete structures and concrete materials, and has published numerous technical papers in the field. His research efforts have led to the development of national standards and specifications for a number of sustainable green concrete products and building systems. Fouad currently chairs the PCI committee on P...

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    Frank Pearce, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Gabriela Oates, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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

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    Glenda Smith PhD, M.Div, CRNP, NNP-BC, PNP-BC, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

    Dr. Glenda L. Smith is currently an Assistant Professor in the UAB School of Nursing. Dr. Smith is a certified Neonatal and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 30 years of experience working with children and families in the clinical setting. With more than 20 years of experience in the classroom, she has expertise in cultural and linguistic competence, pediatric health issues, and alternative and complementary therapies.

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    Gregg Gilbert, Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Gustavo Heudebert, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    Heudebert completed his medical training at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, in 1982 before completing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, followed by a general internal medicine fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He joined the faculty at UAB in 1995 after working at both the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Texas Southwestern.

    “It is an incredible privilege to do what we do as educators and a great honor to be recognize...

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    Gwendolyn Childs PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Scientist (C) 2007 -

    Dr. Gwendolyn Childs’ research focuses on approaches for reducing the risks of sexually transmitted infections in adolescent African American girls with an emphasis on sexual decision-making and risk-taking among African American girls ages 12 to 14 years living in the Deep South region of the U.S. Using community-based participatory and qualitative research methods, Dr. Childs’ work has documented the age of onset of sexual activity in this population of young adolescents, as well as common cog...

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    Haiyan Qu PhD, BSN, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Haiyan Qu, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration in the UAB School of Health Professions. Dr. Qu teaches quantitative research method course in M.S. in Health Administration Program and M.S. in Health Informatics Program.

    She has been an investigator and methodologist for over 20 research projects. Her research interests focus on health disparities. She has published articles in Journal of General Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, Ameri...

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    Hector Gutierrez, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Helen Krontiras M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Krontiras, a breast surgical oncologist, is the Medical Director of the UAB Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic, a clinic in which medical oncologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists work together to see approximately 450 new breast cancer cases each year. She is the Co-Director of the Lynne Cohen Preventive Care Program for Women's Cancers at UAB and the Co-Director of the Breast Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment Clinic. In her role as Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Ambulatory Qual...

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    Henna Budhwani, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    I am a social scientist who conducts studies to better understand (and address) the causes and consequences of health disparities among underserved - often stigmatized - populations that are at high-risk for experiencing adverse health outcomes in resource-constrained global and domestic settings. My research is intersectional, informed by sociological constructs, guided by human rights frameworks, and adopting a multidimensional view of how to address public health and clinical care gaps. I hav...

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    Herrick Siegel, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Holly Richter, Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Isabel Scarinci-Searles, Senior Scientist (C) 2010 -

    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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    James Hill, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Welcome to the Department of Nutrition Sciences.

    Hippocrates recognized the importance of nutrition and healthy living when he said

    “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have the safest way to health.”

    Faculty in the Department of Nutrition Sciences (DNS) conduct basic, clinical, and translational research to identify the optimum personalized lifestyle (nutrition, exercise, behavior mo...

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    James Kirklin, Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Dr. James K. Kirklin is a professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and currently holds the James K. Kirklin Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Kirklin has formerly held the John W. Kirklin Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery, as well as the UAB Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Surgical Research. Dr. Kirklin served as director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery from 2006-2016. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1969, where ...

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    James Markert M.D., M.P.H., Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Dr. Markert received an A.B. degree cum laude in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University, where he also pursued graduate studies in Applied Mathematics. He then obtained his M.D. degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1988 with a simultaneous award of a Masters in Public Health, also from Columbia University. He performed his general surgery internship, as well as his neurological surgery residency, at the University of Michigan Medical Center under Dr. Julian...

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

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    Jane Schwebke, Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Dr. Jane Schwebke is a Professor of Medicine who also has a joint appointment in Epidemiology in the UAB School of Public Health and serves as Medical Director of the Jefferson County Department of Health STD Clinic.

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    Janice Jackson, Associate Scientist (C) 2005 -

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    Jasvinder Singh, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Jasvinder Singh, MD, MPH, is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and holds the Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research Endowed Professor of Medicine. He has served as Director of the Rheumatology Research at the Birmingham VA Medical Center since 2009. He is also the Director of the UAB Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group Satellite Center since 2013; and the Director of the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (UAHSF) Gout clinic since 2014. He currents serves on the FDA Arthritis Advisory C...

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    Jayme Locke, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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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    Jeffrey Curtis MD, MS, MPH, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Jeffrey R Curtis is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Curtis received a Medical Degree (MD) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, OR. He subsequently completed a residency in internal medicine at Oregon Health & Science University and a fellowship in rheumatology at UAB. He completed a graduate program in Clinical Informatics at Stanfo...

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    Jeffrey Edberg Ph.D., Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Wegener's granulomatosis, an anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-positive systemic small vessel vasculitide, is characterized by inflammatory lesions with granuloma formation in the upper and lower airways, pauci-immune glomerulonephritis, and anti-proteinase 3 autoantibodies. Although Wegener's granulomatosis is considered idiopathic, there has been substantial interest in environmental factors as either etiologic or accelerating risk factors, with Staphylococcus aureus having attracted...

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    Jewell Halanych, Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Jianming Tang Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

    As an immunologist by training, my ongoing research focuses on immunogenetic factors in several infectious diseases, especially HIV/AIDS.

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    Joan Keltner PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAHA, Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Dr. Grant is a Professor of Nursing in the UAB School of Nursing. She has more than 30 years of experience working with neuroscience and other populations with disabilities. She is an expert in family caregiving and those with disabilities who experience psychosocial problems. Dr. Grant’s previous funding efforts relate to telehealth interventions using social support and problem-solving skills to manage psychosocial problems in the home and other settings. She publishes on stroke, heart failure...

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    Johnny Scott, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Jorge De La Torre, Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Jorge I. de la Torre, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.S.H.A., is Professor of Surgery and Rehabilitative Medicine and is the Director of the Division of Plastic Surgery. He also has serves as an Assistant Chief Medical Officer at UAB, Program Director of the Plastic Surgery Residency and Section Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Birmingham V.A. Medical Center. He is the founding Director of the Center for Advanced Surgical Aesthetics at UAB.

    Dr. de la Torre is from Texas where he completed his undergra...

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    Jose Fernandez Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. José R. Fernández is a Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. Dr. Fernández obtained his Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health from Pennsylvania State University, training in genetics of complex traits under the advisory of Dr. Gerald McClearn and working with the three most commonly used models for genetic research: fruit flies, mice, and humans. He continued his academic training at the New York Obesity Research Center at Columbia University as a post-docto...

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    Karen Cropsey Psy.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2010 -

    Dr. Cropsey attended undergraduate and her masters degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana for her doctoral training and completed internship in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in forensics and substance abuse at University of Mississippi Medical Center and Virginia Commonwealth University. She stayed on as faculty in the Department of Psychia...

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    Karen Fowler, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Karen Heaton PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAAOHN, Associate Scientist (C) 2009 -

    Dr. Karen Heaton’s program of research is primarily focused on the effects of sleep deprivation and obstructive sleep apnea on cognition and injury risk in workers. For example, she has been involved in projects that explored the impact of distraction and health issues on driving and driving performance issues among aging truck drivers, and self-assessment of driving performance compared to real-time simulated driving performance among truck drivers.

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    Ken Tilashalski, Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Kenneth Saag, Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Kent Keyser Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Khurram Bashir, Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Dr. Bashir graduated from the University of the Punjab with a B.Sc. in Anatomy and Physiology, and received his MD from the King Edward Medical College in Pakistan. He received his MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. After completing his internship and post-graduate residency training in combined Internal Medicine and Neurology at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois, Dr. Bashir joined the Department of Neurology at the ...

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    Kristine Hearld, Associate Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Kristine Ria Hearld, Ph.D., is currently an associate professor in the UAB Department of Health Services Administration. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Anthropology, an M.A. in Demography, and a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania. Ria also holds a Masters of Philosophy degree from University of Cambridge. Prior to joining UAB, she worked for Medical Advantage Group in East Lansing, Michigan, where she served as a consultant and manager for a 200-member indepe...

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    Larrell Wilkinson, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Laura Dreer, Associate Scientist (C) 2007 -

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    Laura Rogers M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.S.M., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Laurence Bradley, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Dr. Bradley's research focuses on the interactions among biological and psychosocial factors associated with abnormal pain sensitivity in persons with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, and other chronic painful disorders. Several studies are ongoing with support of an R01 grant and complementary grant funds: (1) In collaboration with investigators from the University of Florida, the goal of the R01 project is to characterize ethnic differences in experimental pain sensitivity, endogenous pain inh...

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    Linda Moneyham PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Moneyham is Professor and Senior Associated Dean for Academic Affairs in the UAB School of Nursing, with appointments as a Senior Scientist in the Center for AIDS Research, the Minority Health Research Center, the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. She has also served as an Associate Director for the Center for Nursing Research, Co-director of the Behavioral Core of the Center for AIDS Research, and Research Leader of the Mi...

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    Loretta Lee PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Dr. Lee is an Associate Professor and a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with more than 15 years experience as a FNP. She earned a BSN from the University of Alabama. Shortly thereafter she completed a MSN at the UAB followed by a Post Masters FNP at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. She has both clinical and management experience. Her clinical background includes: GI surgery, diabetes, cardiology, telemetry, critical care, and primary care. Most of her primary care pract...

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    Lori Bateman, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Lourdes Sanchez-Lopez, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    M. Tino Unlap, Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Dr Unlap received his PhD in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Kansas State University followed by postdoctoral trainings in Oncology and Behavioral Neurobiology under Drs Andrew Kraft and Richard Jope at the University of Alabama at Birmingham studying the roles that immediate early genes play in the pathogenesis of malignancy and neuronal degeneration, respectively. Dr Unlap was given a faculty appointment in the Department of Medicine where he began his study of the role that the Na+/Ca2+ e...

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    Madhura Hallman, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Magdalena Szaflarski, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Marcela Frazier, Associate Scientist (C) 2003 -

    Dr. Marcela Frazier is originally from Colombia, South America. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Pediatrics. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Molecular Biology. She went to the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, where she completed a Doctor of Optometry degree, and a pediatric residency. She also completed a Master’s degree in Public Health in ...

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    Maria Descartes, Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

    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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    Maria Pisu Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Maria Salazar-Gutierrez, Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Martha Wingate, Associate Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    Mary Boggiano, Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Michael Crowe, Associate Scientist (C) 2007 -

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

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    Michael Mugavero MD, MHSc, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Mugavero joined the ID faculty at UAB in 2006 and was named Project Director of the UAB 1917 Clinic Cohort a prospective, observational HIV cohort study. His research focuses on the effects of clinical, behavioral and epidemiological factors on health behaviors and outcomes in HIV patients. Dr. Mugavero serves as Associate Director for the Center for Outcomes Effectiveness Research and Education, Co-Director of the Center For AIDS Research, and Director of its Clinical Core facility.

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    Michael Saag M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

    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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    Midge Ray PhD, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

    Midge Ray, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration and an Associate Scientist in the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center . She has Master’s degrees in both nursing and education and a PhD in Health Behavior. Dr. Ray currently teaches in the Master of Science (MS) in Health Care Quality and Safety Program and Health Informatics Program. Course responsibilities include Integrative HQS Capstone Experience, HI Capstone Projects, Healthcare Requir...

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    Mirjam-Colette Kempf PhD, MPH, Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Dr. Mirjam-Colette Kempf has a broad background in infectious diseases, epidemiology and behavioral sciences. Her previous research has focused on HIV health services and outcomes research with particular emphasis on psychosocial barriers of access to care and health care disparities among HIV-infected women living in the rural South. She is the Co-PI for the NIH-funded UAB-MS Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) site, a member of the National WIHS cohort investigating the HIV epidemic in Women ...

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    Mona Fouad M.D., M.P.H., Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    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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    Monica Baskin Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

    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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    Nalini Sathiakumar M.D., Dr.P.H., Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Nefertiti Durant, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Nita Limdi, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Limdi is a clinical pharmacist and epidemiologist with significant expertise in pharmacogenomics and pharmacoepidemiology, from research and discovery to its application and implementation in clinical practice. Her research portfolio encompasses studies with both observational and a clinical trial designs and is focused on understanding the multiple factors that influence drug efficacy and safety, specifically anticoagulant and antiplatelet response. An established investigator in the field ...

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    Olivia Affuso, Associate Scientist (C) 2007 -

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    Olivio Clay, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Om Srivastava, Senior Scientist (C) 2005 -

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    Pamela Bowen PhD, BA, CRNP, FNP-BC, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Patricia Drentea, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Patrick Louis, Senior Scientist (C) 2005 -

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    Peter Kolettis, Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Dr. Kolettis is Professor of Urology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He joined the faculty in July of 1998 and has served as the Urology Residency Program Director since July 2003. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. He then received his MD degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Kolettis completed his Urology Residency and Fellowship in Male Infertility at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He specializes in the evaluation and...

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    Peter Waite, Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Pi-Ling Chang Ph.D., Scientist (C) 2018 -

    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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    Raegan Durant, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Raquel Mazer-Gurmendi, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Richard Davis, Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Richard Davis is currently a Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and board certified in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He has been a faculty member at UAB for 40 years. After graduating from the Medical College of Georgia, he completed an OB/GYN residency at UAB in 1973-1977, and Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UAB 1979-1981. He has special interests in ultrasonography, preterm labor, multiple gestations, and medical complications of pregnancy.

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    Robert Kimberly M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Robert P. Kimberly, MD, a native of New Haven, Conn., received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School after receiving a baccalaureate degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and a baccalaureate / master's degree from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Dr. Kimberly's achievements and honors include election to Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, a "First" class degree from Oxford, and election to both the America...

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    Robert Pass M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Robert Weech-Maldonado PhD, MBA, Senior Scientist (C) 2009 -

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

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    Ronit Elk PhD, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Ronit Elk, PhD has recently joined the University of Alabama, Birmingham as Professor in the School of Medicine; Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Care, and as Associate Director of the Southeast Institute for Innovation in Palliative and Supportive Care. Her prior position was at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Using Community Based Participatory Research, her NIH-funded research focuses on partnering with underserved populations, in particular rural African America...

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    Roy Martin, Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    S. Louis Bridges Jr, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    S. Louis Bridges, Jr., MD, PhD is Anna Lois Waters Endowed Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has served as Director of the UAB Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology since 2009. He is also the Director of the UAB Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone, and Autoimmunity Center. and Vice President of the Rheumatology Research Foundation.
    His research has been continuously funded by NIH and is focused largely on rheumatoid arthritis susce...

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    Sadeep Shrestha Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2007 -

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    Salpy Pamboukian, Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Sejong Bae Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Dr. Bae leads the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Facility at UAB. He leads the biostatistics and bioinformatics core of the Cervical Cancer Specialized Programs of Research Excellence with Johns Hopkins University and the Morehouse School of Medicine/Tuskegee University/UAB CCC Partnership (U54CA118948) and serves as senior biostatistician on numerous projects including Rxr Rexinoids for Cancer Chemoprevention (P01CA210946) and UAB Research Center of E...

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    Selwyn Vickers M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Selwyn M. Vickers, MD, Senior Vice President of Medicine and Dean of the University of Alabama School of Medicine since October 2013, is a world-renowned surgeon, pancreatic cancer researcher, and pioneer in health disparities research. Dr. Vickers is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (Institute of Medicine) and of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. He has served on the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Board of Trustees and Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees. In addition, ...

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    Shannon Morrison PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, Associate Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    Sharon Spencer M.D., Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Sigrid Ladores PhD, RN, PNP, CNE, 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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    Silvio Litovsky, Associate Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Soumya Niranjan, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Soumya Niranjan is an Assistant Professor of Health Professions in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She completed her undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (India) and doctoral degree in Medical Sociology from UAB. She also completed a Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation Sciences from University of Louisville, Kentucky.

    Dr. Niranjan’s research interests include h...

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    Stefan Kertesz, Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Suresh Boppana M.D., Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Tera Howard, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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

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    Timothy Gawne, Associate 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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    Timothy Nagy Ph.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2004 -

    Dr. Nagy is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. He directs the Small Animal Phenotyping Laboratory that is a resource for the UAB Nutrition Obesity Center, the UAB Diabetes Research Center, and the UAB Center for Metabolic Bone Disease. Dr. Nagy’s research is focused on three areas: (1) the regulation of body weight, (2) the development and validation of methods for phenotyping small animals, and (3) the link among body fat, caloric restriction and cancer.

    Dr. Nagy’s st...

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    Tina Simpson, Associate Scientist (C) 2005 -

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    Upender Manne Ph.D., Scientist (C) 2007 -

    Dr. Manne obtained his M.S. (Biochemistry, Histochemistry, Parasitology, Zoonosis) and Ph.D. (energy metabolic pathways of endoparasites) degrees from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. His postdoctoral training was in molecular immunology and vaccine development for malaria (Malaria Research Center, Delhi, India); in helicobacter infections (School of Microbiology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia); and in histopathology, molecular tumor biology, and preclinical translational...

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    Ursula Wesselmann M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Virginia Howard, Senior Scientist (C) 2012 -

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    W. Timothy Garvey, Senior Scientist (C) 2005 -

    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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    Wendy Demark-Wahnefried Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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    William Carroll M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    William R. Carroll, M.D., the George W. Barber Jr. Endowed Professor and widely-recognized leader in the field of head and neck oncology, has been named the chair of the Department of Otolaryngology in the UAB School of Medicine.

    Carroll has served the department as its interim chair since the Department was established by the UA System Board of Trustees in October 2015. He took the role in a permanent basis on February 15, 2017.

    The Department of Otolaryngology at UAB is a w...

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    Wilson Wright Jr, Senior Scientist (C) 2004 -

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    Yu-Mei Schoenberger-Godwin, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Zechen Chong, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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