Student Spotlight


Hao Yu

Thesis Title: The Role of LIF in Promoting Self-Renewal and Transformation of Cancer Stem Cells in High-Grade Glioma
Mentor: Etty (Tika) Benveniste, PhD
Department: Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology
Degree: MS, Central Michigan University

Welcome to the Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology (CMDB) PhD Theme, a part of the Graduate Biomedical Sciences program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. The CMDB theme is designed to provide maximum flexibility that results in students who are prepared to launch into a career in the emerging biomedical science field. Our graduates have exciting careers in scientific research in both academic and industrial settings; scientific-related writing, business, law, bioterrorism, forensics, administration, and education. 

About Us: CMDB is a cross-disciplinary theme at a leading research University in the sunny south, consisting of a diverse group of scientists and physicians who have a collective interest in fundamental processes in cell, molecular, and developmental biology and how alterations in these processes result inhuman diseases and birth defects.

About UAB: We are consistently one of the top 25 NIH funded research institutions in the U.S. and with faculty from over 30 departments across campus there are many opportunities for you in new and exciting areas of biomedical research. And, UAB is a leader in innovative technology such as whole genome sequencing, electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, crystallography, flow cytometry, drug discovery and others.

Contact Us: We are always searching for the brightest and most dedicated students to join our highly competitive CMDB theme and experience firsthand our cutting edge science. This is your personal invitation to explore the many possible opportunities offered by CMDB at UAB. Please explore this web site and apply today!
No events found
  • The protective effect is achieved by reducing acute inflammation in the spleen and the left ventricle of the heart.Ganesh HaladeChronic inflammation provokes a downward spiral in many diseases, including congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis and peripheral artery disease. A University of Alabama at Birmingham-led research team has now found that mice that are given the lipid “Resolvin D1” after experimental heart attacks have substantially reduced amounts of inflammation and heart failure. “Thus, Resolvin D1 has the potential to delay heart failure but still requires long-term studies in order to prove its utilization in chronic heart failure management,” Ganesh Halade, Ph.D., and his study co-authors concluded in a Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology article recently published online. “This paper is the first to show resolvin’s effect on heart failure,” said Halade, an assistant professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease, UAB Department of Medicine. About 5.1 million people in the United States have...

  • UAB gets $11 million grant for potential groundbreaking study of beta blockers for patients with COPD.Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will lead a multisite study of the role of beta blockers in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. The study is funded by an $11 million grant from the United States Department of Defense. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States and is among the most costly chronic illnesses in terms of total medical spending, missed work and disability. While it is primarily a lung disease that causes difficulty in breathing, patients with COPD are also at risk for heart disease. Beta blockers, commonly used to treat heart disease, are often not used in patients who also have COPD because of safety concerns. “Many physicians have been reluctant to prescribe beta blockers for patients who also have COPD due to concerns that...

  • UAB received the Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite and Worksite Innovation Award recognition.For the fourth year in a row, the University of Alabama at Birmingham has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite, and for the third year in a row, UAB has received the Worksite Innovation Award.   The AHA Fit-Friendly program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace. The Worksite Innovation Award goes to worksites that creatively implement programs to promote physical activity in the workplace and/or community. “It is a privilege to be nationally recognized for these honors as we continue to build a culture of health,” said Meg Baker, UAB Employee Wellness coordinator. “UAB is committed to providing a healthy and happy workplace for employees because we know it’s the right thing to do. As we continue to embrace a...

Epi Menu