Neurology

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Faculty Administrative Position

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    Alan Percy, Division Director 1992 -

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    David Standaert, Department Chairperson 2006 -

    Dr. Standaert was named the John N. Whitaker Professor & Chair of Neurology in 2012. Prior to that, he was appointed the John T. and Juanelle D. Strain Endowed Chair by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama system, which he held for five years. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in medicine and pharmacology in 1988. He completed a one-year internship in medicine at Jewish Hospital of St. Louis in 1989 and a three-year neurology residency i...

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    Jerzy Szaflarski, Director/ Division of Epilepsy/UAB Epilepsy Center 2012 -

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    Peter King M.D., Director 2004 -

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    Ray Watts, Department Chairperson 2003 -

    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...

  • Faculty Position

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    Adam Gerstenecker, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Adam Goodman, Instructor (P) 2018 -

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    Adeel Memon, Instructor - Fellow (P) 2019 -

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    Aditya Boddu, Instructor - Fellow (P) 2020 -

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    Alissa Chitlangia, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Amy Amara, Associate Professor (P) 2011 -

    Dr. Amara graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with MD and PhD, with distinction. She then completed neurology residency as well as fellowship training in Movement Disorders and Sleep Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is currently as Associate Professor at UAB.

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    Andrea Celka, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Andrew Arrant, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

    Dr. Arrant graduated with a B.S. in Toxicology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2007. He then entered the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program at Duke University, and in 2012 earned a PhD in Pharmacology in the laboratory of Dr. Cynthia Kuhn. In 2013, Dr. Arrant joined the laboratory of Dr. Erik Roberson at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for postdoctoral training with mouse models of frontotemporal dementia. Dr. Arrant was promoted to a Scientist position ...

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    Andrew Pickering, Assistant Professor (P) 2020 -

    The Pickering lab is interested in the role of proteostasis, particularly the proteasome in aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Proteostasis is critical for a wide range of neuronal and non-neuronal functions. As we get older many of these proteostatic functions decline. This is even greater in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. We've found that prevention of neuronal proteostatic decline (both both drug and pharmacologic) can extend animal lifespan and protect against age-related cognitive ...

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    Angela Hays Shapshak, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

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    Anthony Nicholas, Professor (P) 2003 -

    Dr. Nicholas is originally from Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude in 1982 with a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Scranton. He then received his Ph.D. in Anatomy from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Galveston in 1987, and his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1990. After medical school, Dr. Nicholas spent two years completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience with Dr. Tomas Hökfelt at the Karolinska Institute in S...

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    Ashley Harms, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

    My lab's overall research goal is to understand and investigate the cellular and immunological mechanisms underlying the initiation and progression of synucleinopathy disorders. Specifically, my lab research focuses on how the protein alpha-synuclein contributes to microglial activation, peripheral immune cell infiltration, and subsequent activation of the immune response in Parkinson disease (PD) and Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) models. In the lab we work with multiple immune cell types, incl...

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    Ashley Thomas, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

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    Benjamin Jones, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Benjamin McCullough, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Brannon Vines, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Briana De Miranda, Assistant Professor (P) 2020 -

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    Bryan Smelser, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Chen Lin, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Christopher Litton, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2013 -

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    Corey Hartman, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2007 -

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    Daniel Marson, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2017 -

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    David Geldmacher, Professor (P) 2011 -

    Dr. Geldmacher graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester (New York) with his B.A. in Biology and Psychology. He obtained his M.D (with Certificate in Academic Research) from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse. He undertook his training in Neurology at Case Western Reserve University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at the University of Florida.

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    David Standaert, Professor (P) 2006 -

    Dr. Standaert was named the John N. Whitaker Professor & Chair of Neurology in 2012. Prior to that, he was appointed the John T. and Juanelle D. Strain Endowed Chair by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama system, which he held for five years. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in medicine and pharmacology in 1988. He completed a one-year internship in medicine at Jewish Hospital of St. Louis in 1989 and a three-year neurology residency i...

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    Ekaterina Bakradze, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Emily Riser, Associate Professor - Clinical (P) 2014 -

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    Emily Schlitz Fortenberry, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Erik Roberson, Professor (P) 2008 -

    Dr. Roberson is a neurologist and neuroscientist whose research is focused on age-related neurodegenerative disorders. He received his A.B. with highest honors from Princeton University, then earned his Ph.D in neuroscience and M.D. with high honors at Baylor College of Medicine where he studied molecular mechanisms of learning and memory. He completed a residency in neurology at the University of California San Francisco, where he also served as Chief Resident in Neurology. After residency, he ...

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    Eroboghene Ubogu, Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Francisco Gomez, Instructor - Fellow (P) 2020 -

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    Frank Benesh, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Guy Caldwell, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P) 2004 -

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    Harrison Walker, Professor (P) 2006 -

    Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is more effective than medications and other conventional therapies for motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and essential tremor. Emerging DBS technologies such as directional and closed loop stimulation have substantial potential to improve a variety of patient outcomes. However these devices are increasingly adaptable and complex, and we lack robust tools to fully realize their therapeutic potential. Dr. Walker's lab investigates how deep brain stimula...

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    Hassan Fathallah-Shaykh M.D., Ph.D., Professor (P) 2008 -

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    Haydeh Payami, Professor (P) 2015 -

    Dr. Payami is the founder and Lead Investigator of the NeuroGenetics Research Consortium, a collaborative effort since 1992, formalized in 2004 as a Michael J Fox Foundation Global Genetics Consortium. Dr. Payami received her PhD in Genetics from UC Berkeley. She was a faculty member at the Oregon Health Sciences for 15 years, during which she developed independently-funded research program in Alzheimer and Parkinson genetics, won teaching awards for graduate and medical courses, and served as...

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    Hillary Williams, Instructor - Fellow (P) 2019 -

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    James Halsey Jr, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2009 -

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    James Houston, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Jane Allendorfer, Assistant Professor (P) 2012 -

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    Jennifer Dewolfe, Associate Professor (P) 2006 -

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    Jeremy Herskowitz, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

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    Jerzy Szaflarski, Professor (P) 2012 -

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    John Rinker II, Associate Professor (P) 2007 -

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    John Riser, Associate Professor - Clinical (P) 2014 -

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    Joseph Daley, Associate Professor (P) 2012 -

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    Juliana Coleman, Instructor (P) 2018 -

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    Karen Albright, Associate Professor - Clinical (P) 2016 -

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    Karen Jaunarajs, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Kenkichi Nozaki, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

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    Khurram Bashir, Professor (P) 2000 -

    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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    Kim Caldwell, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P) 2004 -

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    Kimberly Wood, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2017 -

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    Kristen Triebel Psy.D., Associate Professor (P) 2008 -

    Dr. Triebel joined the faculty in 2008 after completing a two-year postdoctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology at UAB. She is board certified in clinical neuropsychology. Her clinical work involves neuropsychological evaluation of adults and older adults with a wide variety of neurological disorders, with a specialty focus in cancer, dementia, and movement disorders (including DBS pre-surgical evaluations). Dr. Triebel is also involved in educating graduate students, interns, and postdoct...

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    Laura Volpicelli-Daley, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

    Biographical Sketch

    The goal of the lab is to halt the progression of synucleinopathies including Parkinson's Disease, and Lewy Body Dementia, the second most common cognitive disorder after Alzheimer's Disease. The lab uses mouse models to determine the role of genes implicated in these neurodegenerative diseases on formation of alpha-synuclein inclusions. We also want to determine how these aggregates cause defects in neuron function, as well as motor and cognitive phenotypes. Tech...

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    Lawrence Ver Hoef, Associate Professor (P) 2004 -

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

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    Leslie Grayson, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Lindy Harrell, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2012 -

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    Louis Nabors M.D., Professor (P) 2004 -

    Dr. Nabors, originally from Columbus, Mississippi, obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1985. He then obtained his Medical Doctorate from the University of Tennessee in 1991. Dr. Nabors was active in the United States Navy as a Flight Surgeon from 1992-95. Afterwards, he completed a Neuro-oncology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000 and is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
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    Manmeet Kaur, Instructor - Fellow (P) 2019 -

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    Mariangela Scarduzio, Instructor (P) 2018 -

    I am an Instructor at UAB, Department of Neurology, working on genetic mouse models of isolated dystonia

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    Marissa Dean, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Marissa Natelson Love, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Mark Bailey, Professor - Clinical (P) 1999 -

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    Martina Bebin, Professor (P) 2006 -

    Dr. Bebin has been involved in the clinical care of patients with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex since her child neurology
    fellowship training with Dr. Manuel Gomez at the Mayo Clinic. Since 2007, she have been the co-director of the
    UAB TSC Clinic and lead the development of the comprehensive multidisciplinary Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic at UAB that provides medical care for TSC patients throughout their life. The Clinic incorporates 26 subspecialties across the Children’s of Alabama Health ...

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    Matthew Goldberg, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

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    Michael Lyerly, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Michelle Gray, Associate Professor (P) 2008 -

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    Mina Lobbous, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Mohamed Kazamel, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Nan Jiang, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Natalia Filippova, Instructor (P) 2016 -

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    Natividad Stover, Associate Professor (P) 2003 -

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    Nicole Ruggiano, Associate Professor - Adjunct (P) 2018 -

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    Nita Limdi, Professor (P) 2003 -

    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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    Paul Atchison, Associate Professor - Clinical (P) 2017 -

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    Peter King M.D., Professor (P) 2004 -

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    Quynh Vo, Assistant Professor (P) 2020 -

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    Rajbeer Sangha, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Ray Watts, Professor (P) 2003 -

    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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    Raymond Faught Jr, Professor - Clinical (P) 2009 -

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    Rhodemarie Maron, Associate Professor - Clinical (P) 2014 -

    President & Founder of of Blazer Bolt Inc-501(c)(3); a not for profit entity solely benefits UAB Division of Neuro Oncology and Children’s of AL Neuro Oncology for research and support services to patients and families battling brain cancer.

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    Robert Pearlman, Associate Professor - Clinical (P) 2015 -

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    Robert Slaughter, Associate Professor - Clinical (P) 2012 -

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    Rocio Vazquez Do Campo, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Ronald Lazar, Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Roy Martin, Associate Professor (P) 2002 -

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    Sandipan Pati, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

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    Shin Oh, Distinguished Professor Emeritus (P) 2014 -

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    Shruti Agnihotri, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

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    Soo Young Kwon, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Talene Yacoubian, Professor (P) 2006 -

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    Toby Gropen, Professor (P) 2015 -

    Dr. Gropen is the James H. Halsey Jr., MD Endowed Professor of Neurology, Director of the Division of Cerebrovascular Disease, and Director of the UAB Comprehensive Neurovascular and Stroke Center. He serves as Vice-Chair, Regional Advisory Council, Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System and Co-Chairman, Stroke Operations Committee of the Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System. Dr. Gropen led the New York State Department of Health’s Stroke Center Designation Projec...

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    Tyler Gaston, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Victor Del Bene, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Victor Sung, Associate Professor (P) 2011 -

    Dr. Sung is originally from Houston, TX and completed his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. He completed medical school at UT-Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and completed neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship at UAB. He joined faculty in the UAB Department of Neurology, Division of Movement Disorders and has the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure. He is the Director of the UAB Huntington's Disease Clinic, Co-Director of the UAB School...

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    William Meador, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Wolfgang Muhlhofer, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

    Dr. Muhlhofer graduated from Heidelberg Medical School, Germany in 2009. After one year of postgraduate research on molecular mechanisms of neuronal apoptosis in status epilepticus at the Institute for Neurophysiology at Heidelberg University, he joined the Neurology Residency Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. He graduated in 2010 and went on to do a two year fellowship in clinical neurophysiology, epilepsy and epilepsy surgery at the University of Californi...

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    Xiaosi Han, Associate Professor (P) 2009 -

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    Zeenat Jaisani, Associate Professor (P) 2016 -

  • Center Members - Faculty

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    Kimberly Wood, Associate Scientist (C) 2020 -

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Alan Percy, Professor (S) 1992 -

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    Craig Powell, Professor (S) 2018 -

    Powell earned both his Ph.D. in Neuroscience and M.D. with Honor at Baylor College of Medicine in 1994 and 1997 respectively. His graduate work was among the first to measure lasting biochemical changes during long-lasting synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus. After his medical internship year at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Powell trained at the University of California San Francisco Neurology Residency Program. In his final year, he was selected as Chief Resident at UCSF. From there, he r...

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    Houman Sotoudeh, Assistant Professor (S) 2018 -

    Houman Sotoudeh, M.D. earned his medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. He completed his Radiology residency at Tehran University of Medical Science as well. He then completed a Neuroradiology, a Nuclear Radiology and a Pediatric Radiology Fellowship at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in ST Louis.

    Dr. Sotoudeh joined the faculty at ARAK University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran and also served as a Neuroradiologist at Zwanger...

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    Ismail Mohamed, Associate Professor (S) 2016 -

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    Jan Mathisen, Professor - Clinical (S) 2013 -

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    Jayne Ness, Associate Professor (S) 2007 -

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    Jessica Bentley, Assistant Professor (S) 2018 -

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    Kristen Riley, Professor (S) 2018 -

    Dr. Riley grew up in Huntsville, AL, attended undergraduate at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and medical school at University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed Neurosurgery Residency at UAB and a fellowship in Epilepsy Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, England.
    Dr. Riley joined the Neurosurgery faculty in 2004.
    Dr. Riley specializes in non-vascular, cranial neurosurgery including general cranial neurosurgery and:
    Endoscopic Pituitary Tumor a...

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    Krisztina Harsanyi-Jilling, Assistant Professor (S) 2014 -

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    Laura Dreer, Assistant Professor (S) 2007 -

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    Leon Dure, Associate Professor (S) 1998 -

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    Lucas Pozzo-Miller, Professor (S) 2014 -

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

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    Mark Harrigan, Assistant Professor (S) 2011 -

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    Michael Lopez, Assistant Professor (S) 2019 -

    I am a pediatric neuromuscular physician-scientist. I earned my medical degree from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and completed child neurology residency at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. Afterwards, I did one year of clinical fellowship in neuromuscular medicine (pediatric track) at Stanford University. Additionally, I received my Ph.D. in Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics from Baylor College of Medicine in Hou...

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    Monisha Goyal, Associate Professor (S) 2014 -

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    Pierre Fequiere, Assistant Professor (S) 2014 -

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    Pongkiat Kankirawatana, Associate Professor (S) 2013 -

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    Richard Powers, Professor - Clinical (S) 2016 -

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    Stephen Suggs, Assistant Professor (S) 2016 -

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    Syed Shaida Andrabi, Associate Professor (S) 2016 -

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    Tika Benveniste Ph.D., Professor (S) 1995 -

    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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    Tony McGrath, Associate Professor (S) 2014 -

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    Ursula Wesselmann M.D., Professor (S) 2016 -

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    Victor Mark, Associate Professor (S) 2011 -

    Undergraduate, AB degree, Cornell University, 1978, Biology.
    Medical school, MD degree, Albany Medical College, 1982.
    Residency, Neurology, New York University, 1986.
    Research fellowship, Behavioral Neurology, University of Florida, 1987.

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    Walter Baehr, Assistant Professor (S) 2020 -

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