Center for Women's Reproductive Health

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Faculty Administrative Position

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    Holly Richter, Associate Director 2019 -

  • Center Members - Faculty

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    Ada Peralta-Carcelen, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Akila Subramaniam, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Akila Subramaniam is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. She completed her bachelor degree in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Shen then went on to complete her medical degree and a master’s in public health at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed her residency as well as a dual fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Medical Genetics. Given dual certification in MFM and g...

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    Allison Shorten PhD, RN, RM, FACM, FAAN, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Andres Azuero PhD, MBA, Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Azuero's focus is on the design, management, and analysis of clinical trials and health interventions, and the use of statistical and machine learning techniques for modeling personalized treatment response and observational data. He specializes in a broad spectrum of classical statistical and machine learning techniques. He collaborates in several research projects within and outside UAB.

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    Ashley Battarbee, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Barbara Gower Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Barbara Gower is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and serves as Director of the Metabolism Core for the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and the Human Physiology Core for the Diabetes Research Center. Her research focus is on the interplay between diet, endocrinology, and metabolism and their relation to chronic metabolic disease, with expertise in evaluation of body composition, body fat distri...

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    Barbara Van Der Pol, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Bertha Hidalgo, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Brian Casey, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Brian Casey is originally from Pennsylvania, and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at Temple University in Philadelphia. He then did his OB/GYN residency training at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey and subsequently completed his Maternal-Fetal Medicine training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

    Dr. Casey spent 23 years on faculty at Parkland Hospital/UT Southwestern before coming to University of Alabama at Birmingham as Division Director of Matern...

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    Brian Sims, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Carrie B. Coleman, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Carrie B. Coleman obtained her B.S. with a concentration in Microbiology at the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2002. As a graduate student she joined the lab of Dr. Scott Tibbetts in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Her work in Dr. Tibbetts lab involved utilizing a murine gammaherpesvirus, MHV68, as an in vivo model to characterize the role of developing B cells in the maintenance of viral latency. She obtained her Ph.D. in virology in...

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    Casey Morrow Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Charitharth Lal, Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Charles Leath M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Chase Cawyer, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Christina Rodriguez, Scientist (C) 2019 -

    I have made a number of stops along my way before arriving at UAB. I received my undergraduate Bachelor’s of Science degree in psychology from the University of Miami, with minor concentrations in English and Mathematics/Computer Science. I obtained my PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Florida from the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. I then completed my pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tennessee-Memphis. My training in clinica...

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    David Ellington, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    David Kimberlin M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Donald Lein Jr, Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Donald H. Lein Jr., PT, PhD is an Associate Professor and the Director of Continuing Education and Community Outreach in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He continues to practice part time in the UAB Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center at the Kirklin Clinic. His research interests include developing and implementing physical therapy interventions to improve the care of individuals with osteoporosis and osteoporosis-related fractures, e...

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    Edward Acosta Pharm.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Fred Biasini, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Haller Smith, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Henna Budhwani, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Holly Richter, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Isabel Scarinci-Searles, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Isuzu Meyer, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    James Willig, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    James H. Willig, MD, MSPH, is the Associate Dean of Clinical Education in the School of Medicine. He attended Medical School at the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) and completed his residency at the University of Virginia Roanoke-Salem. At UAB, Willig has earned an M.S. in Public Health and completed an Infectious Diseases Fellowship. His research interests in quality improvement and medical informatics have found expression in both research into quality issues in HIV primary care...

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    Janeen Arbuckle, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Arbuckle completed the dual MD/PhD program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she also completed a fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Dr. Arbuckle provides a full scope of Obstetrical and Gynecologic care to girls and women of all ages.

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    Jeanne Marrazzo, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Marrazzo is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is internationally recognized for her research and education efforts in the field of sexually transmitted infections, especially as they affect women’s health. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Marrazzo has chaired the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Council, and the ABIM Inf...

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    Jeffery Szychowski, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Jodie Dionne-Odom, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Jodie Dionne-Odom is an Assistant Professor in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases, Chief of Women's Health at the 1917 HIV Clinic, and the Associate Director of Global Health for the Center for Women's Reproductive Health. She is a physician-scientist with expertise in HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STI), and perinatal hepatitis B infection. Dr. Dionne's research goal is to improve women's health and perinatal outcomes in the US and Africa.

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    John Straughn M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2020 -

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    Julie Wolfson-Stockman M.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2020 -

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    Karen Fowler, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Keshav Singh Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Kimberly Daniella Martin, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Lloyd Edwards, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Margaret Liang, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    I grew up in Ohio and completed my undergraduate, medical school, and residency training at The Ohio State University. I then went on to complete my fellowship training in gynecologic oncology at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. I moved to Birmingham to work at UAB because of the amazing multi-disciplinary cancer care team that we have. The UAB health system and Cancer Center are dedicated to being at the cutting edge of providing high quality and well coordinated cancer care...

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    Marguerite Irvin, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Mark Lockhart M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Mark Powell, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Martha Wingate, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Masakazu Kamata, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Michael Saag M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Mona Fouad M.D., M.P.H., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Namasivayam Ambalavanan M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Nicolaas Geurs, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Paige Porrett, Scientist (C) 2020 -

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    Paula Chandler-Laney, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Peng Li PhD, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Li's major research interest includes design, management, conduct, analysis and interpretation of clinical trials, epidemiologic studies and evaluation research, with particular expertise in cluster-randomized trials. He has broad collaborative experience with researchers from multidiscipline including clinicians and biologists, involving in study design, power and sample size calculation, data management and analysis.

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    Rachael Lee, Associate Scientist (C) 2020 -

    Dr. Lee joined the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases at UAB in 2016. She works with Dr. Bernard Camins as an associate healthcare epidemiologist for the university as well as the Birmingham VA Medical Center. Her research focuses on multi-drug resistant pathogens as they relate to infection control, in particular daptomycin nonsusceptible Enterococcus.

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    Rachel Sinkey, Associate Scientist (C) 2020 -

    Rachel Sinkey is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Sinkey attended Asbury University in Wilmore, KY for her undergraduate studies and the University of Kentucky for her medical degree. She pursued obstetrics and gynecology training at TriHealth / Good Samaritan in Cincinnati, OH where her interest in the management of medical diseases in pregnancy was sparked . She subsequently pursued su...

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    Rebecca Arend M.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Rebecca Arend, MD is Assistant Professor and an Associate Scientist at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Experimental Therapeutics Program. She completed her undergraduate degree and her residency at Columbia Presbyterian in New York, NY and completed her fellowship at UAB. Prior to fellowship, she did research in hormonal and molecular pathways associated with uterine carcinosarcoma. During her fellowship in Gyn Oncology at UAB, she received an AAOGF/ABOG Young Investigator Fellowship grant t...

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    Ricardo Azziz, Senior Scientist (C) 2020 -

    Ricardo Azziz is an internationally recognized physician, scientist, and executive who currently serves as CEO of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the largest multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine worldwide. Previously he served as Chief Officer, Academic Health & Hospital Affairs, and Director of the SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute, the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest university system ...

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    Rubindhiran Pillay, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Rubin Pillay is a high performance, versatile and commercially astute healthcare executive offering a twenty eight year career of impressive successes in healthcare as a clinician, academic, leader and innovator/entrepreneur .He is a medical futurist and a Professor of Healthcare Innovation and is currently the Assistant Dean for Global Health Innovation at the School of Medicine, as well as being the Chief Innovation Officer of the Health System at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He wa...

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    Selvum Pillay, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Shannon Ross M.D., Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Suresh Boppana M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Suzanne Oparil, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Suzanne Oparil, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASH, FAPS is Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Professor of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, and Director of the Vascular Biology and Hypertension Program, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

    Dr. Oparil is a cardiologist with a special interest in the fundamental mechanisms of cardiovascular disease and in applying this information to the development of novel treatme...

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    Tika Benveniste Ph.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Todd Jenkins, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    W. Timothy Garvey, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    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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    Waldemar Carlo, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Warner Huh M.D., Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    William Geisler, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Geisler is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and completed his doctor of medicine degree at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He later earned a master of public health degree in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Seattle. Following an internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Dr. Geisler served a fellowship at the Division of...

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