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    Amsler, Charles, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    I grew up along the south shore of Lake Erie with annual trips to the Atlantic coast in South Carolina and developed a life-long love of aquatic environments in general and the marine environment in particular. From a fairly early age I knew that I wanted to be a biologist working in marine ecosystems. I developed a strong interest in marine macroalgae working with my undergraduate advisor at Duke University and further developed that interest into a career focus during graduate work at UNC-Wilm...

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    Amthor, Franklin, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    My career has been devoted to understanding neural computation, both for its own sake and for the sake of making neural prosthesis that restore and augment human function. My specific research has been to investigate complex neural computations in retinal ganglion cells, the first locus in the visual system of highly specific and nonlinear analyses such as motion and directional selectivity.

    The first task I took on as a retinal researcher was to identify, by intracellular recording and...

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    Barnes Ph.D., Stephen, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Barnes was trained in Chemistry and Biochemistry in the UK. He joined UAB in 1977 and pursued research on bile acids and latterly polyphenols, particularly soy isoflavones. He was promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) in 1985 and Full Professor in 1994. He has received NIH support from several areas to pursue the conjugation of bile acids, the chemistry, biochemistry and physiology of polyphenols, the underlying chemistry of lens cataracts and the use of omics approaches in biomedica...

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    Bej, Asim, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Bej is a professor at the Department of Biology and also Co-Director of the UAB Genetics and Genomic Sciences Undergraduate Program (GGS) and an Affiliate Faculty of the Department of Criminal Justice. He studied microbial gene regulation and development and applications of molecular methods of rapid-diagnosis of human pathogens in environmental and clinical samples at the University of Louisville. He has published numerous research papers, review articles and book chapters, and is the lead ...

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    Bellis Ph.D., Susan, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Benveniste Ph.D., Tika, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    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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    Bevensee, Mark, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Blalock, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    J. Edwin Blalock, Ph.D., joined the Department of Medicine as a Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine and became the Scientific Director of the Lung Health Center in 2009. Dr. Blalock is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Florida where he received both a B.S. and Ph.D. degree. He was previously a Professor in the UAB Department of Physiology and Biophysics, having been recruited to UAB in 1986 from the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he...

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    Broker, Thomas, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Chattopadhyay Ph.D., Debasish, Scientist (C) 1998 -

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

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    Chen, Ching-Yi, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Chesnokov Ph.D., Igor, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Chow Ph.D., Louise, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Collawn Ph.D., James, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Darley-Usmar Ph.D., Victor, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Victor Darley-Usmar received his Ph.D. at the University of Essex in England and then moved to the University of Oregon as a Post-Doctoral Fellow to pursue his interests in the structure and function of mitochondrial proteins in human disease. After a period as a lecturer in Japan and ten years as a Research Scientist in Burroughs Wellcome in London he joined UAB to establish his own research group in the Department of Pathology in 1995. He has received multiple awards for training and mentorin...

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    Deivanayagam Ph.D., Champion, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Dell'Italia, Louis, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Detloff Ph.D., Peter, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Dokland, Terje, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Elson III M.D., Charles, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    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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    Feng Ph.D., Xu, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Frank M.D., Stuart, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    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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    Fuller, Catherine, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Gamlin, Paul, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Ghanta PhD, Vithal, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    I am originally from Southern part of India and came to Duke University to study for my Ph.D. in Biochemistry. I was very lonely at Duke and went through a major cultural shock — my English was not fluent and also, because I am a vegetarian, I didn’t know what or where to eat. I transferred to Southern Illinois University and worked with an outstanding scientist and very friendly group of graduate students. I received my Ph.D. in Biochemistry there; my project dealt with organisms and mechanisms...

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    Gutierrez, Alecia, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Hamilton, Tracy, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    I grew up on a family farm in Bryant, Arkansas, but always preferred reading fiction and learning all areas of science. As I went through graduate school, I was most interested in the more mathematical subject of physical chemistry and was intrigued by the counterintuitive field of quantum mechanics. I eventually studied at the University of Arkansas under the person (Peter Pulay) who single-handedly made optimization of molecular geometry using quantum mechanics practical.

    After my PhD...

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    Jones, Tony, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Keith (Tony) Jones received his Medical Degree from the University of Alabama (UA) School of Medicine in 1986. He completed an anesthesiology residency and postgraduate studies at Mayo Clinic, which included advanced training in Neuroanesthesia and a Postdoctoral NIH Research fellowship. Dr. Jones was a member of the faculty of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and practiced in the Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic for 15 year, and then served as the Alfred Habeeb Professor and C...

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    Justement Ph.D., Louis, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Kappes Ph.D., John, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    John C. Kappes (b. 1957), Associate Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, completed his undergraduate studies in biology at Thomas More College (B.A. in Biology, 1981) and received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Experimental Medicine from St. Thomas Institute in 1986. Dr. Kappes completed his postdoctoral fellowship studying the molecular pathogenesis of human immunodeficiency viruses and joined the UAB faculty in 1989.

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    Kawai, Ryoichi, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Kedishvili Ph.D., Natalia, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Keyser Ph.D., Kent, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Klug Ph.D., Christopher, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Kraft, Timothy, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Kutsch, Olaf, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    1989-1991 Prediploma Fellow, Institute for Biotechnology, University of Würzburg, Germany 1992-1997 Predoctoral Fellow, Institute for Immunobiology, University of Würzburg, Germany 1998-2001 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2001-2003 Research Instructor, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2003-2005 Research Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2005- 2008 Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2005-present Associate Scientist, UAB CFA...

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    Lefkowitz Ph.D., Elliot, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Since 1992, I have played a significant role in the development and provision of bioinformatics support and resources at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). I am currently Director of Informatics for the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS), an NIH/NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award site; Director of the UAB AIDS Center (CFAR) Bioinformatics Facility; and Director of the Bioinformatics Core for the UAB Microbiome Facility. As Director of these Informat...

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    Lucius Ph.D., Aaron, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

    I am from the Pacific Northwest and received my bachelors in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. During my time there, I did undergraduate research to examine the pre-steady state kinetic mechanism of DNA insertion catalyzed by retroviral integrase. I became intensely interested in enzyme mechanism and joined Tim Lohman’s group in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. I received...

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    McClintock, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    James B. McClintock came to UAB in 1987 and has served as Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (1999-2003) and as Interim Dean of the Graduate School (2003-2005). His research has been funded continuously over the past 25 years by the National Science Foundation and focuses on aspects of marine invertebrate nutrition, reproduction, and primarily, Antarctic marine chemical ecology. His research has grown to include studies of the impacts of rapid climate change and ocean acidifi...

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    Mirov, Sergey, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Murphy-Ullrich Ph.D., Joanne, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Niederweis, Michael, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    One of the most prominent features of M. tuberculosis is its unusual outer membrane that plays a crucial role in the intrinsic drug resistance and in survival of M. tuberculosis in vivo. This membrane is functionalized by intriguing proteins which provide essential functions such as nutrient uptake, have new structures and likely function by novel mechanisms. We discovered the first outer membrane channel protein in mycobacteria, obtained the first crystal structure of a mycobacterial outer memb...

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    Nikles, Jacqueline, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    I joined the faculty here at UAB in 2001, as assistant professor of chemistry and coordinator of undergraduate organic chemistry. I am an adjunct chemistry faculty at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and serve on the ACS First Semester Organic Exam committee.

    A critical area in undergraduate education is teaching students to become effective writers. Good writing requires solid critical thinking skills which are necessary in all areas of science. For most students, undergraduate...

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    Novak M.Sc., Ph.D., Jan, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Pawlik, Kevin, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Pittler, Steven, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Ponnazhagan Ph.D., Selvarangan, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Popov Ph.D., Kirill, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Rowe, Steven, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Steven M. Rowe was born in Baton Rouge, LA in May 1972. He received his BA degree from the University of Virginia in 1994, his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in 1998, and an MSPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005. He completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics internship and residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also completed a combined Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Pulmonary fellowship at the University of Alaba...

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    Ruppert Ph.D., Susan, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Saag M.D., Michael, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    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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    Sanders M.D., Paul, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Sanderson Ph.D., Ralph, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Schroeder Jr, Harry, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Schwiebert Ph.D., Lisa, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    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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    Sha Ph.D., Bingdong, Associate Scientist (C) 1998 -

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    Siegal M.D., Ph.D., Gene, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Siegal was born in New York where he attended college. He received his medical degree from the University of Louisville and his PhD from the University of Minnesota. He was a Resident and Research Fellow at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and completed both a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, NIH and a surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to UAB in 1990, he was a tenured faculty member at the University of North Carolina ...

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    Srivastava, Om, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Stanishevsky, Andrei, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Steyn, Andries, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Tollefsbol Ph.D., Trygve, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    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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    Tucker Ph.D., Diane, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Diane Tucker earned her PhD from University of Iowa in Clinical and Developmental Psychology and did her clinical internship year at University of Washington in Seattle, WA. A postdoctoral fellowship in Developmental Neurobiology completed her training. She joined the UAB Psychology Department in January, 1985 as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and to Professor in 1993.

    Dr. Tucker is a member of the Cancer Center, the Center for Health Promotion a...

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    van Groen, Thomas, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Vassylyev Ph.D., Dmitry, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Velu Ph.D., Sadanandan, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Velu did his postdoctoral research at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and at Clemson University. He joined the Medicinal Chemistry division of the Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering at UAB in 1997 and worked as a Staff Scientist through 2004. He also held a joined appointment in the Chemistry department as a Research Faculty during the period, 2002-2004. He joined the Chemistry department as an Assistant Professor in August of 2004 and was tenured and promoted to Associa...

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    Vyazovkin, Sergey, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Prof. Vyazovkin graduated with honors from Belarusian State University. He then joined the Institute for Physical Chemistry (Minsk) where he worked until 1993. Since 1993 he had held visiting positions at the Technical University of Vienna (1993-1995) and University of Toledo (1995).

    Before joining the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he worked in the University of Utah (1995-2001) as a research faculty and the deputy director of the Center for Thermal Analysis.

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    Walter Ph.D., Mark, Scientist (C) 1992 -

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    Wang Ph.D., Pengfei, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Wang is originally from China, and received his undergraduate education at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China (BS and B.Eng.) and graduate education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (MS) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD). At UW-Madison, Dr. Wang focused on studying kinetic protonation of enols, a classical physical organic chemistry topic, under the supervision of Professor Howard E. Zimmerman. He then joined Professor David Y. Gin at the University of Illinois-Urbana ...

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    Wang, Qin, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

    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) 2008 -

    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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    Whitley M.D., Richard, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Richard Whitley, M.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Microbiology, Medicine and Neurosurgery; Loeb Eminent Scholar Chair in Pediatrics; Co-Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases; Vice-Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Senior Scientist, Department of Gene Therapy; Scientist, Cancer Research and Training Center; Faculty, Gene Therapy Center; Associate Director for Drug Discovery and Development and Senior Leader, Pediatric Oncology Program, O’Neal Comprehensi...

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    Wick Ph.D., Timothy, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Dr. Wick began his academic career in the School of Chemical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he developed internationally recognized research programs in cell adhesion and tissue engineering. He served as director of the Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program from 2004 to 2005. He was recruited to UAB as Chair of the BME Department and co-director of UAB’s BioMatrix Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (BERM) Research Center in 2005. In 2015, he was appointe...

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    Wu, Hui, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Wyss, James, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Yother, Janet, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Zajac Ph.D., Allan, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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