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    Adam Gerstenecker, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Amy Amara, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Anthony Nicholas, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Cynthia Owsley, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    David Geldmacher, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    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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    David Vance PhD, MGS, MS, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. David Vance is a psychologist who actively researches neurocognitive aging and HIV. His funded studies focus on transcranial direct current stimulation, olfactory dysfunction, cognitive prescriptions, and others. He chairs the Neurocognitive Group of the Women’s Initiative HIV Study, a national longitudinal cohort study. His scholarship has led to numerous publications (+235 peer-reviewed articles) and presentations (+450) as well as being an invited member to a White House forum and an N...

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    Erik Roberson, Associate Scientist (C) 2009 -

    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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    Farah Lubin, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Frances Lund Ph.D., Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Frances (Fran) Lund completed her undergraduate studies in Microbiology at the University of Notre Dame (B.S., cum laude, 1987). She performed her graduate work with Dr. Ronald B. Corley in the Department of Microbiology at Duke University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Immunology in 1992 and went on to a post-doctoral immunology fellowship in Dr. Maureen Howard’s group at DNAX Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA. In 1997 she moved to the Trudeau Institute, a basic biomedical infectious disease rese...

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    Georg Deutsch, Associate Scientist (C) 1992 -

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    Haydeh Payami, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Inga Kadisha, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    James Meador-Woodruff, Senior Scientist (C) 2009 -

    Dr. Meador-Woodruff received his BS in Chemistry from the University of Richmond, and his MD from the Medical College of Virginia. He then moved to Ann Arbor, and completed a combined residency in psychiatry and a research fellowship at the University of Michigan. After completing his research training, he joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and the Mental Health Research Institute at the University of Michigan, where he held administrative positions including Associate Chair for ...

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    James Wyss, Senior Scientist (C) 1993 -

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    Janis O'Malley M.D., Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Jeremy Day, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    My major research interest is the neurobiological regulation of reward-related memory systems in the brain and the role of these systems in drug addiction. My laboratory approaches this broad topic at diverse levels of analysis that integrate molecular, genetic, and epigenetic tools with techniques that probe the function of single neurons and entire neuronal circuits. My ultimate goal is to understand epigenetic regulation in normal and disease states, and to use tools that manipulate the epige...

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    Jeremy Herskowitz, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Jianhua Zhang Ph.D., Scientist (C) 2016 -

    The Zhang Lab is seeking a postdoctoral scholar and a graduate student or a MSTP student. We are a very collegial and diverse group working on exciting new research integration of autophagy, metabolism and redox signaling in the nervous system in the context of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases at the Department of Pathology in University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    Attributes:
    Interested, passionate, and dedicated to design and perform interesting and important research<...

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    John Shacka, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Jonathan McConathy M.D., Ph.D., Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Karen Gamble, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    The overall goal of my research program is to investigate environmental modulation of circadian clock function in mammalian systems and the contribution of clock disruption to pathological disease. One of the most exciting discoveries that has emerged in recent years is that the circadian molecular clock regulates excitability in neurons that are spontaneously active in the absence of synaptic input. Although the intrinsic 24-h rhythm in membrane properties of neurons of the suprachiasmatic nucl...

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    Karlene Ball, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Karlene Ball, University Professor and experimental psychologist, is the Director of the UAB Edward R. Roybal Center for Research on Applied Gerontology, funded by the National Institute on Aging, Associate Director of the university-wide Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging (formerly the Center for Aging), Associate Director of the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education, Professor in the Department of Neurobiology, a Senior Scientist in the Vision Research Center, a ...

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    Kristen Triebel Psy.D., Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Liou Sun, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Sun's laboratory is exploring the genetic control of aging in mammals and vertebrates. We are studying the endocrine mechanisms and nutritional factors for their effects on longevity and aging.

    The physiological role of the somatotropic axis in the control of aging in mammals and vertebrates
    The dietary factors on aging and longevity: calorie restriction vs. methionine restriction
    Interventions studies of age-related diseases such as Diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease

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    Lori McMahon Wakefield, Associate Scientist (C) 2002 -

    Dr. Lori McMahon received her B.A., summa cum laude in Biology and Chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. McMahon obtained postdoctoral training at Duke University Medical Center in the Department of Neurobiology and, in 1998, joined the faculty of UAB as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. She is currently the Jarman F. Lowder Professor of Neurosci...

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    Marek Napierala, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Maria Pisu Ph.D., Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Marissa Natelson Love, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Mark Bolding Ph.D., Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Michael Crowe, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Olivio Clay, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Qin Wang, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Qin Wang received her M.D. degree from Beijing Medical University, China. After traveling to the US, she obtained her Ph.D. degree in December 1999 from University of Iowa. She then did her postdoc work at Vanderbilt University, where she was appointed as a Research Assistant Professor two years later. In June 2005, Dr. Wang joined UAB as an Assistant Professor.

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    Richard Kennedy, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Richard Powers, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Rita Jablonski PhD, CRNP, FGSA, FAAN, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Rita Jablonski’s internationally-renowned program of research is focused on improving the lives of older adults, especially those with dementia who reside in nursing homes. Her most recent studies have tested interventions that improve oral hygiene for persons with dementia who resist care. The strategies for reducing threat perception using dementia-centric communication strategies are congruent with the principles of person-centered care and nursing home culture change initiatives.

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    Robert Weech-Maldonado PhD, MBA, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Ronald Lazar, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Roy Martin, Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Steven Austad, Scientist (C) 2016 -

    I am originally from Southern California, but my family moved a lot, so I lived in every part of the United States before heading to college. After gaining an English Literature degree, I had a variety of jobs — newspaper reporter, taxi driver, wild animal trainer.... Training lions for the movie business awakened my interest in biology, so I went back to school, eventually getting my Ph.D. in biology.

    My early research was field-based. I have done field research in several parts of the...

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    Suzanne Lapi Ph.D., Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Suzanne E. Lapi, Ph.D. completed her undergraduate studies and Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, Canada. She went on to complete a postdoctoral appointment at UCSF working with Henry VanBrocklin, PhD on the development of imaging agents for PSMA in prostate cancer before being recruited as a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis where she ultimately stayed on as a tenured Associate Professor until 2015.

    Dr. Lapi is currently an Associate Professor of Radio...

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    Talene Yacoubian, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Tika Benveniste Ph.D., Scientist (C) 2016 -

    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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    Wei Li, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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