Global Center for Craniofacial, Oral and Dental Disorders (GC-CODED)

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    Abou-Arraj, Ramzi, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Agarwal M.D., Anupam, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Anupam Agarwal is currently Director, Division of Nephrology, and Executive Vice Dean, School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He also serves as the Program Director of the NIH/NIDDK funded O’Brien Center for Acute Kidney Injury Research. He has graduate faculty status in the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Pathology and Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology at UAB.

    Dr. Agarwal has an active role in clinical medicine, teaching, ...

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    Amm Ph.D., Hope, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Amm received her BS in Biological Sciences from Saint Mary’s College and Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from UAB with a focus on cancer biology and novel therapeutics. Dr. Amm completed the Dental Academic Research Training (DART) program as a post-doctoral scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Mary MacDougall and was a Mentored Experiences in Research, Instruction, and Teaching (MERIT) program Scholar-at-Large, which provided teaching experiences at a minority-partner institution. During h...

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    Anantharamaiah, Gattadahalli, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Arce Urena, Celin, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Balkovetz, Daniel, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Ballinger Ph.D., Scott, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Bebok, Zsuzsanna, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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

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    Bedwell Ph.D., David, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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

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    Bellis Ph.D., Susan, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Benveniste Ph.D., Tika, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    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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    Biga, Peggy, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Peggy Biga is a broadly trained comparative endocrine physiologist, with primary research interests focusing on the mechanisms regulating growth patterns in animals. Her research questions revolve around what molecular and epigenetic mechanisms regulate skeletal muscle proliferation, differentiation, and atrophy. She uses comparative biology to understand the plasticity of regulatory mechanisms and how they translate to variability in overall organismal growth.

    For example, most, an...

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    Brenner, Michael, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Broome Jr, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Burgess, John, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Burrows, Peter, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Chafin, Teri, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Chang Ph.D., Chenbei, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Chavali, Ramakiran, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Chen Ph.D., Yabing, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Chen received her BS degree from Fudan University and her Ph.D. from Xiamen University. She completed postdoctoral training and was appointed as a research instructor at the University of Vermont, School of Medicine. Dr. Chen joined the faculty of Department of Pathology at UAB in June 2004. She is currently Jay M McDonald, MD, Endowed Professor in Laboratory Medicine, Professor in Molecular and Cellular Pathology and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Education; as well as a Research Ca...

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    Chen, Ching-Yi, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Cheon, Kyounga, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Chow Ph.D., Louise, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Collawn Ph.D., James, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Deivanayagam Ph.D., Champion, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Ding, Qiang, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Qiang Ding is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Ding received his PhD degree in molecular and cellular pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After completing his postdoctoral fellowship training in the UAB Department of Pathology, Dr. Ding joined the UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care medicine at the rank of Assistant Professor. Dr. Ding is actively involved in education and service for...

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    Elson III M.D., Charles, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Elson received his M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, trained in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital/Cornell, then did his Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Chicago.  After doing full-time research in immunology at N.I.H., he joined the Faculty of the Division of Gastroenterology at the Medical College of Virginia.  He moved to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to become Director of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology,  and subsequently served a...

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    Falany Ph.D., Charles, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Fanucchi, Michelle, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Feagin, Diane, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Ford, George, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Frank M.D., Stuart, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Stuart J. Frank (b. 1958, Wilkes-Barre, PA), Professor of Medicine, Cell Biology, and Physiology, received his B.A. summa cum laude in 1980 as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his M.D. in 1984 from Harvard Medical School. After residency in Internal Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Frank began fellowship training at the National Institutes of health from 1987 to 1991. His research there in Dr. Richard Klausner’s laboratory focused on T-c...

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    Fu, Chin-Chuan, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Gamlin, Paul, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Garvey, W. Timothy, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    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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    Geisinger, Maria, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    George, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. James F. George is a Professor of Surgery for the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is a molecular and cellular biologist who has worked in the field of heart failure and transplantation for more than 20 years. He is actively involved in researching the basic biology of heart failure and transplant rejection, the development of new drugs, and clinical outcomes after cardiac surgery and transplantation.

    His studies are concentrated in transplantation immunobiology, particularly ...

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    Geurs, Nicolaas, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Gilbert, Gregg, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Givan, Daniel, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Grant III, John, Deputy Director (C) 2017 -

    Dr. John H. Grant, III, joined the UAB Department of Surgery’s Division of Plastic Surgery in 1997. He currently serves as the James C. Lee, III Chair in Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Children’s of Alabama, as well as a Professor of Surgery at UAB.

    Dr. Grant’s major research interests are in the fields of cleft and craniofacial outcomes research, and craniofacial trauma. The outcomes research interest is related to the etiology and treatment outcomes of congenital facial differences. The...

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    Hablitz, John, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Hartman IV M.D., John, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Hassan, Quamarul, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Hill, Jeff, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Hsu, Hui-Chen, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Hsu, Yung-Tsung, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Jackson, Janice, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Javed Ph.D., Amjad, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Jiao M.D., Ph.D., Kai, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Kana, Rajesh, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Kana has several years of experience in research in the field of autism spectrum disorders. After earning PhD from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India, he completed his postdoctoral training at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2001 he was awarded the William Fulbright pre-doctoral research fellow to do research at University of California Los Angeles. He joined UAB in 2007.

    Dr. Kana is the director of the Cognition, Brain and Autism Laboratory at UAB, and the co-directo...

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    Kau, Chung, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr Chung H. Kau is Chairman and Professor of Orthodontics at the Department of Orthodontics, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Clinical Professor in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics(US) and completed Specialist Registration with the General Dental Council (UK). He serves as the Director of the Craniofacial Orthodontia Clinic in partnership with the Children’s Rehabilitation Service a...

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    Kaur, Maninder, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Kim, Jeonga, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    I graduated from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea with B.S and M.S degrees in Nutrition and Biochemistry, respectively. I have broad training and extensive experience in area spanning regulation of gene transcription, signal transduction, cell biology, metabolic and vascular animal physiology, and translational studies with an eye towards therapeutic discovery for human diseases. While in graduate school at Iowa State University and during post-doctoral training at Penn State University, I focuse...

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    Kinderknecht, Keith, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Lamani, Ejvis, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Lawson, Nathaniel, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Lawson is a general dentist with a PhD in the field of bioengineering. He conducts clinical and laboratory testing of dental materials, teaches and lectures internationally on clinical applications of dental materials, and works as a general dentist in the UAB Faculty Practice.

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    Lemons, Jack, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Liu, Perng-Ru, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Louis, Patrick, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Lubin, Farah, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Makhija, Sonia, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Markert M.D., M.P.H., James, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    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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    Mazer-Gurmendi, Raquel, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    McCracken, Michael, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    McKenzie, Carly, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Messina Ph.D., Joseph, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Miller Ph.D., Michael, Senior Scientist (C) 2018 -

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    Mitchell, Lillian, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Mitchell, Sonya, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Mitchell, Stephen, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Stephen Mitchell is an Associate Professor and a board-certified Pediatric Dentist. He directs the Sparks Dental Clinic, a clinic that focuses on treating patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Mitchell trained at UAB School of Dentistry where he earned his DMD is 1995, a certificate in Advanced General Dentistry in 1996, certificates in Pediatric Dentistry and Cariology in 2000 and a Masters in Oral Biology in 2001. His passion for providing care for patients with sp...

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    Morlandt D.D.S., M.D., Anthony, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Anthony Morlandt, M.D., D.D.S., FACS
    Dr. Morlandt was born and raised in Floresville, Texas and graduated from Baylor University. He completed his DDS magna cum laude at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas, and received his MD and internship and residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Morlandt then went on to complete a fellowship in head and neck oncology and microsurgery at the University of Flori...

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    Mueninghoff, Leonard, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Murphy-Ullrich Ph.D., Joanne, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Neumeier, Toni, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Norton, Thomas, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Oparil, Suzanne, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    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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    Parpura, Vladimir, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Peng, Ji-Bin, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Pezzementi, Maureen, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Pignataro Jr, James, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Ponnazhagan Ph.D., Selvarangan, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Popov Ph.D., Kirill, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Powell, Kathlyn, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Pozzo-Miller, Lucas, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    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). He performed research at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole MA, with Dr. Rodolfo Llinás...

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    Raman, Chander, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Raman’s laboratory interrogates molecular and cellular mechanisms driving the immunopathogenesis of autoimmune diseases with a special emphasis on multiple sclerosis (MS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Within this are of research, the current studies focus on molecular mechanisms underlying activation and differentiation of effector T cells, B cells and innate cells in the pathogenesis of these autoimmune diseases. Current investigations involve human immunology bridged with mouse models to ...

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    Ramp, Merrie, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Riddle Ph.D., Nicole, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Riddle obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, carrying out research in a maize lab. During her graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis, she first learned about epigenetics, a research field that focuses on heritable changes in phenotypes that are not associated with changes in the DNA. At the time, epigenetics was poorly understood, and her fascination with this field has grown with the scientific community’s increasing appreciation for the...

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    Robinson, Michelle, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Robles, Augusto, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Schneider Ph.D., David, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    I am generally interested in discovering and characterizing mechanisms by which cells control gene expression. Much of my career has focused on the regulation of ribosomal RNA synthesis, using an array of biochemical, genetic, and genomic approaches. As an independent academic investigator, I am privileged to be involved in the act of discovery every day. In addition, I take my roles as mentor and educator equally serious. Our goal is to create an environment where we can aggressively ask and an...

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    Schroeder Jr, Harry, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Schwiebert Ph.D., Lisa, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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

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    Seidenfaden, Michelle, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Serra Ph.D., Rosa, Deputy Director (C) 2017 -

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    Sha Ph.D., Bingdong, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Shacka, John, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Sittitavornwong, Somsak, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Smith, Peter, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Souccar, Nada, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Stevens, Alvin, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Sztul Ph.D., Elizabeth, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Elizabeth Sztul obtained a BS in Biology from Brooklyn College, CUNY, studying the ecology of marine arthropods and the renewing nature of the plant meristem. She initiated her graduate studies with a M.Sc. in Plant Physiology from University of Maryland, studying chloroplast biogenesis. She continued her graduate education in Cell Biology at Yale University School of Medicine, working on membrane trafficking pathways in the laboratory of Nobel Prize winner, Dr. George Palade, and was awarded a ...

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    Teichmiller, Stephanie, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Theibert, Anne, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Anne Theibert received her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1985. She is an Professor of Neurobiology, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology and Biophysics.

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    Thompson Ph.D., Sunnie, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Tilashalski, Ken, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Tollefsbol Ph.D., Trygve, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Tollefsbol is a professor of Biology and a senior scientist in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, and the Comprehensive Diabetes Center. He is director of the UAB Cell Senescence Culture Facility, which he established in 1999.

    Dr. Tollefsbol holds doctorate degrees in molecular biology and osteopathic medicine and has published over 120 articles related to the fields of epigenetics, telomerase, aging, and c...

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    van Groen, Thomas, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Vlachos, Christos, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Wadiche, Jacques, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Wadiche, Linda, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Waite, Peter, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Waldo, Belinda, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Wang Ph.D., Jianbo, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Wang, Qin, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    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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    Watson, R. Douglas, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Professor Watson is Associate Chair of the Department of Biology. His research interests are in the field of endocrinology ⎯ the study of hormone chemical messengers that influence life from embryonic development through old age. He has published numerous research articles on the endocrine regulation of growth and development in invertebrates.

    Watson is a recipient of the UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He teaches General Endocrinology and Comparative Animal Physiology...

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    Watts, Stephen, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Stephen Watts began his career in aquatic science in the 9th grade, when he became enthusiastically interested in all things aquatic. Having completed degrees in marine and aquatic biology, he joined UAB in 1987, and has developed a strong program in aquatic and marine science. His interests include basic science, as well as applied science (aquaculture) and subsequently medical application of aquatic animal models.

    He is widely known as an expert in aquatic nutrition science, and h...

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    Weatherford III, Thomas, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Whatley, Terry, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Wilson Ph.D., Scott, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Winters, John, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Wu, Hui, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Wu, Wen-Chou, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Wyss, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Yang M.D., Ph.D., Yang, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Ying M.D., Yedeh, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Yoder Ph.D., Bradley, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

    Dr. Bradley K. Yoder, Professor , completed his undergraduate studies in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (B.S. 1988), and received a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Maryland in 1993. His postdoctoral studies were performed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Rick Woychik where Dr. Yoder was an Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow. His research over the past two decades has fo...

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    Yusuf Ph.D., Nabiha, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Zhang Ph.D., Jianhua, Scientist (C) 2017 -

    My lab is looking for postdocs and/or graduate students.

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    Zhang, Ping, Scientist (C) 2017 -

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