Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

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Faculty Administrative Position

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    David Bedwell Ph.D., Department Chairperson 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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    Thomas Ryan Ph.D., Program Director 2003 -

  • Faculty Position

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    Chad Petit Ph.D., Assistant Professor (P) 2012 -

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    Ching-Yi Chen, Associate Professor (P) 2002 -

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    Christie Brouillette Ph.D., Professor - Emeritus (P) 2018 -

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    David Bedwell Ph.D., Professor (P) 2016 -

    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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    David Pritchard, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2011 -

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    David Terman, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2016 -

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    Dewang Zhou, Assistant Professor (P) 2007 -

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    Dmitry Vassylyev Ph.D., Professor (P) 2005 -

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    Donald Muccio PhD, Professor (P) 2017 -

    I was raised in a small town in northeast Ohio. My parents were either first or second generation Italian-Americans. We had an extended family where my aunts and uncles were like parents, and my cousins were my sisters and brothers. Our motto was family, food, and fun. My parents were never formally educated but they valued it greatly. They instilled a sense of hard work that only a middleclass immigrant family can, while we played and watched sports. My brothers and I worked hard and when we we...

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    Gabriel Elgavish Ph.D., Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Hao Jiang Ph.D., Associate Professor (P) 2011 -

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    Hengbin Wang Ph.D., Associate Professor (P) 2004 -

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    Igor Chesnokov Ph.D., Professor (P) 2002 -

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    Jill Napierala, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Jill Sergesketter Napierala obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Indiana University in the laboratory of Dr. David Skalnik. During her doctoral studies, she focused on defining interplay between histone modifying complexes and DNA cytosine methyltransferases. Dr. Napierala then joined the laboratory of Dr. Sharon Dent as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her work centered on post-translational mechanisms that regulate chromat...

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    Kejin Hu, Assistant Professor (P) 2011 -

    Dr. Kejin Hu received his PhD degree in molecular biology in 2003 from the University of Hong Kong. Before that, he conducted his master research program in fungal biochemistry at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He then conducted his first postdoctoral research in muscle development in C elegant at Cornell University. His second postdoctoral research is Tor signaling in budding yeast at the University of Pittsburgh. He received extensive training in human embryonic stem cell biology and p...

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    Kevin Pawlik, Associate Professor (P) 2000 -

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    Kim Keeling, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Kirill Popov Ph.D., Professor (P) 2003 -

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    Li-Chen Wu, Assistant Professor (P) 2012 -

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    Louise Chow Ph.D., Professor (P) 1993 -

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    Marek Napierala, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Matthew Renfrow Ph.D., Professor (P) 2004 -

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    Ming Du, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

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    N Higgins, Professor - Emeritus and Professor - Emeritus (P) 2013 -

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    N. Rama Krishna, Professor (P) 2018 -

    Dr. Rama Krishna is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. He received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur in India. He is the Director of the NMR Core Facility and holds joint appointments in the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Departments of Chemistry and Physics. He was a Leukemia Society of America Scholar during 1982-87. His research program is supported at various times by grants from the NIH, NSF, American Heart Association, Arthriti...

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    Narendra Wajapeyee, Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Natalia Kedishvili Ph.D., Professor (P) 2004 -

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    Nilam Banerjee Ph.D., Assistant Professor (P) 2011 -

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    Olga Beliaeva, Assistant Professor (P) 2005 -

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    Peter Detloff Ph.D., Associate Professor (P) 2000 -

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    Romi Gupta, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

    Cancer is complex disease, which involve alternation of multiple genetic and epigenetic factors and pathways in normal cells for them to become cancerous. Because of its complex nature and the ability of cancer cells to evolve rapidly undertreatment, cancer treatment with durable outcome is a challenging problem. Therefore, in-depth molecular understanding of cancer initiation and progression is necessary for developing effective therapies. In-order to identify and characterize critical cancer v...

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    Rui Zhao, Assistant Professor (P) 2012 -

    Rui Zhao is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. Dr. Zhao received his B.S. degree from Peking University in China (1998) and Ph.D. degree from the University of Iowa (2004). He received his postdoctoral training in Dr. George Daley’s laboratory at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, and joined the UAB faculty in 2012.

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    Tamas Simor, Associate Professor - Adjunct (P) 2007 -

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    Thomas Broker, Professor (P) 2009 -

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    Thomas Ryan Ph.D., Associate Professor (P) 2003 -

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    Tim Townes Ph.D., Professor - Emeritus (P) 2016 -

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    William Placzek Ph.D., Assistant Professor (P) 2012 -

    My research goal is to better understand the biochemical mechanisms that facilitate chemoresistance and employ NMR spectroscopy and synthetic peptides to identify novel therapeutic targets to suppress chemoresistance. To this end, my research focuses on two primary avenues: 1) Characterization of rBH3 motif mediated regulation of anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family members; 2) Development of targeted inhibitors of the SUMOylation E2 enzyme, Ubc9. We also employ our expertise in peptide synthesis and ass...

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    Xinyang Zhao Ph.D., Associate Professor (P) 2011 -

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    Yvonne Edwards, Associate Professor (P) 2019 -

    Dr Edwards holds a PhD and an MS in Bioinformatics from Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom and a BS in Biochemistry and Pharmacology from Kings College, University of London, United Kingdom.
    Dr Edwards has over 20 years of leadership experience in Bioinformatics research and development environments in world class organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland. Dr Edwards has expertise in the application of next-gene...

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Anupam Agarwal M.D., Associate Professor (S) 2004 -

    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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    Christopher Klug Ph.D., Assistant Professor (S) 1997 -

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    Christopher Willey M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor (S) 2009 -

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    Debasish Chattopadhyay Ph.D., Assistant Professor (S) 2000 -

    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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    John Hartman IV M.D., Assistant Professor (S) 2005 -

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    Mark Walter Ph.D., Professor (S) 2009 -

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    Randall Davis M.D., Associate Professor (S) 2012 -

    A graduate of Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Davis completed medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM), where he also served his internship, residency, and the ABIM academic subspecialty research fellowship clinical investigator pathway in Hematology/Oncology. He is Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics in the division of Hematology/Oncology. He is board certified in Hematology.

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    Scott Wilson Ph.D., Associate Professor (S) 2018 -

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    Stephen Barnes Ph.D., Professor (S) 1997 -

    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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