Student Spotlight

Ryan Berry

Research Interests: Nutrition and Metabolic Disease
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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  • A UAB study of hospital deaths during childbirth suggests the high death rate of African-American women is likely associated with access to prenatal care.Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggest barriers to care may be the primary cause of the high rate of black women who die during childbirth. National statistics show black women are nearly four times more likely to die in childbirth than are white women. Statistics over 20 years showed the rate of death during childbirth at UAB Hospital is about the same for black women as it is for white women. The findings, published Nov. 5 in Anesthesia & Analgesia, looked at 77 maternal deaths occurring between 1990 and 2010. The study authors report that there was insufficient evidence to suggest racial disparity in the incidence of death and that there was no association between mortality status and insurance status, income, body mass index, marital status...

  • The multi-project research targets key molecular steps of immune cell-fate decisions after virus infection.Troy RandallTo better understand the key molecular and cellular steps in the natural control of viral infections, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in late 2012 invited multi-project applications for U19 grants. The target theme was “Immune Mechanisms of Virus Control.” That has now led to a $10 million, five-year grant at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, awarded in late summer. The grant includes three UAB labs working with mouse models and one lab at the University of California-Davis. It also includes a series of human experiments run at Emory University. The UAB grant focus — one of eight U19 grants funded — is viral-induced cell-fate decisions in anti-viral immunity. The NIH grants are meant to help improve protective immunity after vaccination, or help tamp down the destructive, out-of-control immune response that sometimes follows a viral...

  • Research revealing new evidence about the role of the spleen following heart attack will be honored during the AHA scientific meeting Nov. 15-19.Click to enlarge the letterTwo University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers will receive awards from the journal Circulation Research for writing one of the five most outstanding papers of the past year. Ameen Ismahil, Ph.D., and Sumanth Prabhu, M.D., of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease in the UAB Department of Medicine are the first and last authors of an article — published last January — that showed splenocytes are intricately involved in the heart failure that follows an infarction in a mouse-model system. One of their lines of evidence was that adoptive transfer of the heart-failure splenocytes into healthy mice led to systolic dysfunction and heart “remodeling,” the cardiovascular disease term for deleterious changes in shape, size and function. Ismahil and Prabhu provided, “… exciting new evidence implicating the spleen...

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