Vision Science Research Center (Retired Org)

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Faculty Administration

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    Keyser Ph.D., Kent, Director 1995 -

  • Center Members - Faculty

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    Amthor, Franklin, Scientist (C) 1984 -

    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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    Ball, Karlene, Senior Scientist (C) 1996 -

    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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    Barnes Ph.D., Stephen, Senior Scientist (C) 2006 -

    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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    Bolding Ph.D., Mark, Associate Scientist (C) 2014 -

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    Curcio, Christine, Scientist (C) 1994 -

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    DeCarlo, Dawn, Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Downs Jr., J. Crawford, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Dreer, Laura, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Gamble, Karen, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

    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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    Gamlin, Paul, Senior Scientist (C) 1996 -

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    Geldmacher, David, Senior Scientist (C) 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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    Girkin, Christopher, Associate Scientist (C) 1999 -

    Christopher A. Girkin, MD, MSPH, FACS is the chairman of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Ophthalmology and Chief Medical Officer for the Callahan Eye Hospital. After residency at UAB he completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and was a Heed Glaucoma Fellow at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center at the University of California, San Diego. He joined the UAB faculty and founded the Department’s Glaucoma Service in 1999. Dr. Girkin has authored ...

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    Grytz, Rafael, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

    Our eyes are composed of living tissues, which are constantly remodeling in response to mechanical, chemical, and visual stimuli. In particular, the loadbearing collagenous structures of the eye can undergo substantial growth and remodeling during physiological and pathophysiological conditions. I seek to elucidate the biomechanical mechanisms that underlie growth and remodeling in ocular diseases. My laboratory focuses on establishing experimental methods and predictive computational simulation...

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    Gutierrez, Alecia, Scientist (C) 2006 -

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    Keith, Thomas, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Keyser Ph.D., Kent, Senior Scientist (C) 1995 -

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    Lahti, Adrienne, Senior Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    Lee, Sarah, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

    Dr. Lee is a pediatric optometrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology in the UAB School of Medicine. She sees patients from ages six months to 18 years for comprehensive eye care, and she also sees patients of all ages who have binocular vision problems. Dr. Lee specializes in refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism), amblyopia (“lazy eye”), strabismus (eye turns), and binocular difficulties (eye teaming and focusing difficulties), along with ocu...

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    Liu, Lei, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Loop, Michael, Scientist (C) 1979 -

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    Lucius Ph.D., Aaron, Scientist (C) 2012 -

    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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    MacLennan, Paul, Associate Scientist (C) 2009 -

    Dr. Paul MacLennan is an epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Director of Transplant Analytics, Informatics & Quality. His experience includes collaborations with researchers with diverse interests, including occupational exposures and mortality/cancer, health disparities, diabetes and vision, healthcare utilization, geriatric epidemiology, injury and trauma and solid organ transplantation. He currently serves as a...

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    Mark, Victor, Scientist (C) 2014 -

    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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    Martinez, Bethany, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

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    McGwin, Gerald, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Owsley, Cynthia, Scientist (C) 1982 -

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    Pfister, Roswell, Senior Scientist (C) 2003 -

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    Pozzo-Miller, Lucas, Associate Scientist (C) 2005 -

    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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    Read, Russell, Associate Scientist (C) 2001 -

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    Sloane, Michael, Scientist (C) 1982 -

    Born and raised in Ireland, Mike Sloane joined the department as an Assistant Professor in September 1982 having completed his doctoral work at the Cresap Neuroscience Laboratory of Northwestern University. He directed the Psychology Honors Program for over 12 years, served as Director of Undergraduate Studies, and was the first Vice Chair of the department. In the mid 1980s he launched the Psychology Club, facilitated the development of UAB's chapter of Psi Chi, and organized the annual Southea...

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    Strang, Christianne, Associate Scientist (C) 2013 -

    Christianne Strang is a board-certified art therapist with 25 years of clinical art therapy experience. She earned her MA in Art Therapy from Vermont College of Norwich University in 1987, and has served as treasurer for the American Art Therapy Association and for the Art Therapy Credentials Board. In July 2015 she will take office as the President-Elect of the American Art Therapy Association.

    Dr. Strang received her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Alabama at Bir...

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    Taub, Edward, Senior Scientist (C) 2014 -

    Edward Taub is a University Professor in the Department of Psychology and is the director of the CI Therapy Research Group and Taub Training Clinic. He received his PhD in psychology from New York University in 1970 under the supervision of Dr. Edgar E. Coons and later worked with Dr. Neil E. Miller.

    Dr. Taub is a behavioral neuroscientist who developed a family of techniques — Constraint-Induced Movement therapy (or CI therapy) — that have been shown to be effective in improving the re...

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    Tollefsbol Ph.D., Trygve, Associate Scientist (C) 2002 -

    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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    Vaphiades, Michael, Scientist (C) 2002 -

    Dr. Vaphiades evaluates and treats patients with visual dysfunction referable to the central nervous system. He holds joint appointments as professor of neurology and professor of neurosurgery.

    He completed a medical internship at Brown University, followed by a neurology residency at Loyola University, Chicago. His neuro-ophthalmology fellowship training was performed at Michigan State University. Dr. Vaphiades joined the UAB Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences in 2002.
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    Visscher, Kristina, Associate Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Wang, Shu-Zhen, Associate Scientist (C) 1995 -

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    Witherspoon, Clark, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Yoder Ph.D., Bradley, Senior Scientist (C) 2011 -

    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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