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Hai Vo

Undergrad: BS, Georgia 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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  • Barghi is one of just 32 Rhodes scholars across the U.S., and he is UAB’s third Rhodes winner since 2000.Ameen 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, 22, began his...

  • 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...

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