Genetics

Academic Department

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Faculty Administrative Position

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    Bruce Korf M.D., Ph.D., Department Chairperson 2003 -

    Dr. Korf is Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Endowed Chair in Medical Genetics, Associate Dean for Genomic Medicine, UAB School of Medicine, Chief Genomics Officer, UAB Medicine and Co-Director of the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine. He is a medical geneticist, pediatrician, and child neurologist, certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics (clinical genetics, clinical cytogenetics, clinical molecular genetics), American Board of Pediatrics, and American Board of Psychiatry an...

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    Gene Siegal M.D., Ph.D., Interim Department Chairperson 2018 -

    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 ...

  • Faculty Position

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    Andrew Carroll III Ph.D., Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Annette Bakker, Instructor - Adjunct (P) 2012 -

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    Bruce Korf M.D., Ph.D., Professor (P) 2003 -

    Dr. Korf is Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Endowed Chair in Medical Genetics, Associate Dean for Genomic Medicine, UAB School of Medicine, Chief Genomics Officer, UAB Medicine and Co-Director of the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine. He is a medical geneticist, pediatrician, and child neurologist, certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics (clinical genetics, clinical cytogenetics, clinical molecular genetics), American Board of Pediatrics, and American Board of Psychiatry an...

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    David Bick, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2015 -

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    Devin Absher Ph.D., Associate Professor - Adjunct (P) 2009 -

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    Elaine Lyon, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2019 -

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    Greg Barsh, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2013 -

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    Gregory Cooper, Associate Professor - Adjunct (P) 2010 -

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    Jake Chen Ph.D., Professor (P) 2016 -

    Dr. Chen conducts research in “translational bioinformatics”—the science of collecting, representing, storing, retrieving and processing data and knowledge for the improvement of human health. His research interest focus on systems biology, data mining, advanced visual analytics for therapeutic discovery and clinical decision-making applications. He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed scientific papers and edited two bioinformatics books, “Biological Database Modeling” and “Biological Data...

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    Jozef Lazar, Associate Professor - Adjunct (P) 2016 -

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    Kankshita Swaminathan, Instructor - Adjunct (P) 2017 -

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    Richard Myers Ph.D., Professor - Adjunct (P) 2009 -

    Richard Myers, Ph.D., received his B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Alabama in 1977, his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and performed post-doctoral work at Harvard University. He began his first faculty position at the University of California at San Francisco in 1986 and moved his laboratory to Stanford University’s Department of Genetics in 1993. At Stanford, he was chair of the Department of Genetics and director of the Stanford Human Genome Cen...

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    Sara Cooper Ph.D., Instructor - Adjunct (P) 2010 -

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    Theresa Strong Ph.D., Professor - Adjunct (P) 2016 -

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    Zechen Chong, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Alan Percy, Professor (S) 2003 -

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    Christopher Klug Ph.D., Assistant Professor (S) 2003 -

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    David Bedwell Ph.D., Professor (S) 2003 -

    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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    Harry Schroeder Jr, Professor (S) 2003 -

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    Haydeh Payami, Professor (S) 2015 -

    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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    Jeremy Day, Associate Professor (S) 2019 -

    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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    Jianbo Wang Ph.D., Assistant Professor (S) 2007 -

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    Markus Bredel M.D., Ph.D., Professor (S) 2013 -

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    Matthew Alexander, Assistant Professor (S) 2016 -

    Dr. Alexander earned his PhD in Genetics and Developmental Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Garry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His graduate training focused on the characterization of forkhead transcription factors in skeletal muscle and cardiac progenitor cells. He moved to Boston in 2008 to join the laboratory of Dr. Louis Kunkel as a postdoctoral fellow where he focused on characterizing the role of non-coding RNAs in skeletal muscle diseases. He wa...

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    Merry-Lynn McDonald, Assistant Professor (S) 2016 -

    Dr. McDonald is the Director of Integrative 'Omics and an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. She is a genetic epidemiologist with interests in the analysis of complex traits and diseases including COPD, cachexia, sarcopenia, osteoarthritis and smoking behaviors such as menthol. Her lab is involved with some of the most cutting-edge studies including the Million Veterans Program (MVP) and the Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (T...

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    Robert Kimberly M.D., Professor (S) 2003 -

    Robert P. Kimberly, MD, a native of New Haven, Conn., received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School after receiving a baccalaureate degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and a baccalaureate / master's degree from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Dr. Kimberly's achievements and honors include election to Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, a "First" class degree from Oxford, and election to both the America...

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    Stephen Barnes Ph.D., Professor (S) 2003 -

    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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