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    Dluhy, Richard, Department Chairperson 2015 -

    Dr. Richard A. Dluhy is currently Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his B.S. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Connecticut, and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Rutgers University. He was an NRC Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa, Canada. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Dluhy worked in the pharmaceutical industry at Hoffman-LaRoche (Nutley,...

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    Secrist III, John, Division Director 2012 -

    CEO of Southern Research Institute (retired)

  • Faculty Position

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    Ananthan, Subramaniam, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2015 -

    Medicinal Chemist; Manager, CNS Discovery/Computational Chemistry; Southern Research Institute

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    Augelli-Szafran, Corinne, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2018 -

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    Brande, Scott, Associate Professor (P) 2011 -

    I grew up in Altoona, Pennsylvania, on the westernmost valley and ridge in the Appalachian Mountains. Coal deliveries to our home for stoking the basement furnace during the cold winter months became the first geological quarry of my collecting career — the pyrite veins were irresistible in my eyes. Just blocks from my house stood an entire hillside of fossiliferous stone in which I collected trilobites and other fossils of the Paleozoic Era. As a guest investigator at an archeological site in I...

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    Brouillette Ph.D., Wayne, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2011 -

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    Casselman, Brock, Instructor (P) 2018 -

    Dr. Casselman completed his PhD at the University of Utah, implementing metacognitive training, the flipped classroom, and other active learning methods in the general chemistry classroom. He was hired by the UAB chemistry department in 2018 as an organic chemistry instructor and laboratory coordinator. He currently is working to implement the flipped classroom, metacognitive training, and other active learning strategies in the organic classroom. Additionally, as the organic laboratory coordina...

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    Chand, Pooran, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2013 -

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    Dluhy, Richard, Professor (P) 2015 -

    Dr. Richard A. Dluhy is currently Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his B.S. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Connecticut, and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Rutgers University. He was an NRC Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa, Canada. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Dluhy worked in the pharmaceutical industry at Hoffman-LaRoche (Nutley,...

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    Erdmann, Mitzy, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

    Dr. Erdmann completed work towards her PhD in the UAB Chemistry Department, focusing on the use of video technology in the classroom and its effectiveness as a teaching tool. As laboratory coordinator she continues to implement novel education strategies in the Introductory and General Chemistry teaching laboratories and assess their usefulness as learning tools for her students. Dr. Erdmann also enlists a number of active-learning best practices in her General Chemistry lectures.

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    Galemmo, Robert, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2015 -

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    Graves Ph.D., David, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2016 -

    Following his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester, Dr. Graves joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Mississippi in 1984. He rose through the ranks of assistant, associate, and full professor at the University of Mississippi and was awarded the title of Distinguished Faculty Fellow from the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts in 2001. In 2003, Dr. Graves was recruited to become the chair of the Department of Chemis...

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    Gray, Gary, Professor (P) 2011 -

    I am originally from north-central Pennsylvania and received my education at the Lehigh University (BS and PhD) in southeastern Pennsylvania. I then stayed in the Lehigh Valley for five years working at J. T. Baker Chemical Co. (Phillipsburg, NJ) on the development of new plant growth regulators and deep-UV photoresists. I was awarded patents in each of these areas.

    I then decided to pursue an academic career and accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at UAB in 1983....

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    Hamilton, Tracy, Associate Professor (P) 2011 -

    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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    Kharlampieva Ph.D., Eugenia, Professor (P) 2011 -

    Eugenia Kharlampieva is a polymer and materials chemist with research interests in the design and synthesis of polymeric materials for biomedical applications. She received her PhD in Polymer Science from the Stevens Institute of Technology and postdoctoral training in Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She joined UAB in 2010.

    Dr. Kharlampieva has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, four book chapters, and six patents. She was awarde...

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    Krannich, Larry, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2012 -

    Larry Krannich is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he was Department Chair for 27 years and facilitated the development of the department through strategic planning initiatives. Since retiring, he has served as Interim Director of the UAB Center for Community OutReach Development, and continues as the Executive Director of the Alabama Academy of Science.

    Throughout his career, he maintained a strong emphasis on the development of a high q...

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    Lee, Hui-Ting, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

    I am a biophysical chemist who combines single-molecule techniques with traditional physical chemistry and biochemistry to study nucleic acid structure, DNA damage, and gene regulation. My group combines single-molecule FRET with biochemistry and thermodynamics to reveal unique insights into nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) structural dynamics and its role in protein-nucleic acid interaction.

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    Lucius Ph.D., Aaron, Professor (P) 2011 -

    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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    March, Joe, Professor (P) 2011 -

    Dr. March received his PhD degree from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, and is a recipient of a 2003 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Alabama Professor of the Year Award for his commitment to undergraduate education. He successfully adapted the guided inquiry approach developed at Franklin and Marshall and College of the Holy Cross to the large university setting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during his time there as General Chemistry ...

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    Nikles, Jacqueline, Associate Professor (P) 2011 -

    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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    Pathak, Ashish, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2015 -

    Ashish Pathak, Ph.D., is an advanced research scientist in the Chemistry Department at Southern Research (SR), where he joined in 2009. His main research interests are medicinal chemistry approaches in the area of infectious diseases (anti-bacterials and anti-virals) and cancer, carbohydrates and saponins as immune stimulants, and vaccine adjuvants.

    Pathak received his doctorate in chemistry from University of Lucknow in Lucknow, India, in 1993. Subsequently, he completed post-doctoral ...

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    Patterson, James, Assistant Professor (P) 2011 -

    I have lived most of my life in the Midwest and the South. I have always been most interested in science, math, and computing. In graduate school, I did computational research in the group of Dr. Peter Ford whose research is primarily inorganic photochemistry. It was there that I witnessed how computational research could complement bench-top results to enhance our understanding of chemical structures and reactions.

    After graduate school I did a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Jere Seg...

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    Secrist III, John, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2012 -

    CEO of Southern Research Institute (retired)

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    Suto Ph.D., Mark, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2015 -

    Vice President, Drug Discovery, Southern Research Institute

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    Velu Ph.D., Sadanandan, Associate Professor (P) 2011 -

    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, Professor (P) 2011 -

    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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    Wang Ph.D., Pengfei, Professor (P) 2011 -

    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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    Watkins, Charles, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2012 -

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    Wijeratne, Gayan, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

    Dr. Gayan B. Wijeratne joined UAB in 2018, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He was born in Kandy, Sri Lanka, and received his B.Sc. (Honors) degree in chemistry from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, where his research on transition metal complexes of Sri Lankan natural products was recognized by the Professor R. S. Ramakrishna Memorial Gold Medal in inorganic chemistry in 2009.

    He moved to the United States in 2010 and carried out his graduate research in the ...

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    Zhang, Jun, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

    I started my research career at Tsinghua University in Dr. Yongbin Yan's and Dr. Haimeng Zhou’s research group as a master student. During my masters degree I used FT-infrared and other spectroscopic methods to study protein unfolding and aggregation of RNAse A. In 2006 I joined the PhD program at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. My work focused on protein dynamics probed by NMR relaxation, under supervision of Dr. Andrew Lee.
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  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Chattopadhyay Ph.D., Debasish, Professor (S) 2011 -

    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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    Kabarowski Ph.D., Janusz, Associate Professor (S) 2015 -

    Janusz H.S. Kabarowski received his B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry from University College London, UK. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree from the Leukaemia Research Fund centre at The Institute of Cancer Research (Chester Beatty Laboratories) in London in 1997. Dr. Kabarowski subsequently conducted postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Owen Witte at UCLA. Dr. Kabarowski joined the Department of Microbiology at UAB as an Assistant Professor in 2003 and has a secondary faculty appointment in the De...

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    Mobley Ph.D., James, Assistant Professor (S) 2015 -

    Dr. Mobley is considered an expert in proteomics by his peers, and as director of the Mass Spectrometry/Proteomics Shared Facility, continues to focus on clinical and translational proteomics applications, which include statistical analysis of high density 'omics driven data sets, and the use of systems biology applications to uncover biologically relevant pathways. He has nearly 30 years experience in academia and industry, and mass spectrometry has been a intricate part of his work experience ...

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    Placzek Ph.D., William, Assistant Professor (S) 2014 -

    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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    Saad Ph.D., Jamil, Associate Professor (S) 2015 -

    Obtained his B.S degree in Chemistry at Birzeit University in Palestine (1996), M.S degree in Bioinorganic Chemistry at Bergen University in Norway (1998; advisor: Dr. Einar Sletten), and a Ph.D degree in Bioinorganic Chemistry at Emory University in Atlanta (2002; advisor: Dr. Luigi Marzilli). His M.S. and Ph.D studies focused on studying the interactions of cisplatin, a leading anticancer drug, with DNA by using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and other biophysical methods. Dr. Saad's postdoc...

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