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Anderson Butler

Undergrad: BS, Jacksonville State University

7ReasonsSquareWelcome 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!
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  • Computer and Information Sciences researchers introduce a secure framework for protecting users while employing apps accessing location information.University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers, led by Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences will demonstrate their technology for secure location provenance for mobile devices at the 2014 Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Showcase in Washington, D.C., this week. This project was funded by a $583,000 grant from DHS to Hasan and his team in the UAB Secure and Trustworthy Computing Lab, or SECRETLab. The project resulted in several conference and journal publications, plus the creation of software libraries and applications for mobile phones and the Google Glass and Google Watch wearable platforms. Location-reporting services permit mobile devices to access various services based on the physical location of the users. Path-critical applications, such as supply-chain verification, require secure location proofs and secure chronological ordering of the...

  • A one-year, 20 percent increase in research grants elevates UAB to No. 10 among public universities receiving National Institutes of Health funding.Funding for the University of Alabama at Birmingham from the National Institutes of Health rose more than 20 percent in fiscal year 2014 compared to the previous year. National Institutes of Health funding to the university totaled $225 million (including contracts), up from $188 million in FY 2013, placing UAB 10th in NIH funding among public universities. “NIH funding is more competitive than ever, and this significant increase underscores UAB’s success in continually pushing the frontiers of science and medicine and advances our strategic aim of being among the nation’s elite, research-intensive institutions of higher education,” said UAB President Ray L. Watts, M.D. “These dollars will be leveraged to make potentially game-changing strides in translational medicine and patient care, quality of life, and economic development for our community and state.” NIH...

  • Sergey Mirov, UAB’s fifth NAI fellow, creates novel lasers and finds new applications for them.Laser physicist Sergey Mirov, Ph.D., left Russia 22 years ago, after training in Moscow under the 1964 Nobel laureate Aleksandr Mikhailovich Prokhorov and working at the USSR Academy of Sciences. Mirov joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham physics faculty in 1993 and created a flourishing research team. Recognition of the resulting laser inventions and more than 20 patents comes today with the naming of Mirov as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). This professional distinction, shared by 170 academic inventors across the United States, is a credit to both his team and the environment at UAB, Mirov says. “UAB was a young, actively growing university with freedom to think,” Mirov said of his arrival in 1993. “Moreover, the attitude toward people was that it does not matter where you come from. What is important...

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