Student Spotlight


Lillian Brady

Project Title: The role of the dopamine system and hippocampal circuit function in an animal model of schizophrenia
Lynn Dobrunz, PhD
Department: Neurobiology
Undergrad: MS, Alcorn State 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!
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  • Elevated PARP1 polymerase in HER2+ breast cancer may confer susceptibility to PARP inhibitor drugs.There are five subtypes of breast cancer, and they are distinct diseases with vastly different biologies that drastically alter their progression and responses to treatment. Understanding those differences is the starting point to a more effective, personalized treatment of breast cancer, which strikes more than 230,000 women in the U.S. each year. A paper by University of Alabama at Birmingham cancer researcher Eddy S. Yang, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues has found that a significant portion of one of the subtypes — called HER2-enriched or HER2+ — has elevated expression of two proteins called PARP1 and phospho-p65. This basic biology finding paves the way for a future human clinical trial to see if drugs called PARP inhibitors can better treat women who develop HER2+ breast cancer, a cancer with a fairly poor prognosis. These PARP inhibitors have already generated excitement...

  • Janet M. Turan, Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB School of Public Health, has been awarded an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to complete the study.Women diagnosed with HIV have been found to have worse adherence to antiretroviral therapy and higher morbidity and mortality than men. New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham looks to identify barriers to adherence and to develop responsive interventions. The National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health has awarded a $2.7 million R01 grant to fund “Mechanisms and Longitudinal Effects of Stigma on Women’s Adherence and Outcomes,” led by Janet M. Turan, Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. The research team also includes UAB faculty members Mirjam-Colette Kempf, Ph.D., in the UAB School of Nursing and Bulent Turan, Ph.D., in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences. It is estimated that...

  • UAB School of Public Health research published in the journal Obesity shows seeing, hearing and smelling others’ eating foods can cause low birthweight in offspring among mice.While studies have shown that what a mother eats during pregnancy can affect her offspring, it could be that what she sees others eating can also affect her offspring. New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health explores the influence it has in a new mouse study. “We wanted to know how perception of the food environment (seeing, hearing and smelling others’ eating high-calorie foods rather than actually eating high-calorie foods themselves) would play into reproductive outcomes,” said Tonia Schwartz, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the UAB Office of Energetics, of findings published in the journal Obesity. To test this, researchers let mice grow up on a “cafeteria diet,” which includes chocolate, nacho chips, pepperoni and sugary cereals, for example. The mice...

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