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Shara Legg


Undergrad: University of Alabama at Birmingham
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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  • New International Journal of Obesity paper offers an algorithm to more accurately predict body weight change outcomes.Emily Dhurandhar, Ph.D., Kathryn Kaiser, Ph.D., and David B. Allison, Ph.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Nutrition Obesity Research Center recently published new findings on realistic predictions of weight change for interventions that changed food intake or physical activity levels in free-living adults in the International Journal of Obesity. The paper, titled “Predicting adult weight change in the real world: a systematic review and meta-analysis accounting for compensatory changes in energy intake or expenditure,” quantified the range of compensation in energy intake or expenditure observed in 28 randomized controlled trials in which adult participants could compensate both behaviorally and metabolically for the controlled intervention. The researchers compared observed weight changes to predictions from models that account only for metabolic compensation. “We found evidence that people compensate for changes in food intake or physical activity...

  • The manufacturer of a new medication for Rett syndrome studied at UAB is encouraged by the drug’s performance.A recently concluded study of an experimental drug for Rett syndrome showed promising results, according to the drug’s manufacturer, Neuren Pharmaceuticals of Melbourne, Australia. The University of Alabama at Birmingham was one of three study sites for the drug, known as NNZ-2566. Neuren announced Nov. 12 that the Phase II study had achieved its primary endpoint as two dose levels of NNZ-2566 were tolerated well after 28 days of treatment and no safety concerns were identified. Further, the company reported that the higher of two doses studied exceeded the pre-specified criteria for improvement in core efficacy measures compared with placebo. There are currently no approved medicines for the treatment of Rett syndrome, a severe neurological disorder caused by mutations of the MECP2 gene on the X chromosome. Rett syndrome is a post-natal neurological disorder that...

  • Barghi is one of just 32 Rhodes scholars across the U.S., and he is UAB’s third Rhodes winner since 2000.Photo by Jared BashAmeen Barghi of the University of Alabama at Birmingham was elected to the Rhodes scholar Class of 2015 on Saturday. He is one of 32 outstanding U.S. students who will start their all-expenses-paid, graduate educations at Oxford University next fall. Barghi is the third UAB student since 2000 named as a Rhodes scholar. The 2015 competition began with a pool of 877 applicants nominated by their colleges and universities across the nation. On Saturday, 256 of those students were interviewed in groups of 16 in 16 separate districts. Two winners were chosen from each group. Each applicant was questioned for 20 minutes by a seven-person committee. After nearly three hours of deliberation, the committee announced the two District 7 winners: Barghi and Jane Darby Menton, a Yale University student from Florida. Barghi,...

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