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Maria Kuzynski

Mentor: Dobrawa Napierala, PhD
Department: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Undergrad: BS, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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!
  • A UAB researcher focusing on the epigenetics of drug abuse wins a significant funding award from the National Institutes of Health.Jeremy DayJeremy J. Day, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named one of six inaugural recipients of new research awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The Avenir Award programs in HIV/AIDS and epigenetics are newly developed programs that reward early-stage investigators who propose highly innovative studies. Avenir means ‘future’ in French. The Avenir Award Program for Genetics or Epigenetics of Substance Abuse supports early-stage investigators who show promise of being tomorrow’s leaders in the field of genetics or epigenetics of substance abuse. Epigenetics is an emerging field that studies how environmental factors influence changes in gene expression without altering the DNA sequence. Day says his proposal examines exposure to drugs of abuse, which produce long-lasting changes in neuronal circuits...

  • Male and female mice use different immune cells to process chronic pain, indicating that different therapies for different genders could better target the problem.New research by University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher Robert Sorge, Ph.D., and team published today in Nature Neuroscience online challenges the common belief that males and females process pain in the same way. The majority of existing research shows that men and women have different sensitivity to pain — women are more sensitive to pain overall — but the assumption has always been that a common pain circuit exists in both sexes that is altered by circulating hormones like estrogen. Sorge and colleagues from three laboratories in the United States and Canada found that this assumption may be false, and that males and females may use very different biological systems to process pain. The key sex difference appears to be in the immune system, and under control of...

  • The school aims to continue offering students cutting-edge opportunities by expanding educational programming, enhancing diversity, growing research dollars and broadening its capacity to help Alabama’s underserved.Dean Michael Reddy says the school's faculty, staff, students and alumni are why it has sustained a tradition of excellence in community service, research and scholarship, ethics and professionalism, and clinical dentistry.University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry Dean Michael Reddy, DMD, D.M.Sc., and his team have ambitious goals for the school in the coming years in its efforts to optimize oral health in Alabama and beyond. Over the next five years, the school will evolve its robust strategic plan initially developed when Reddy became dean in 2012. That plan reaches for excellence in the educational experience, enhances its diversity, broadens its capacity to help others in communities throughout the state, and adds to its degree, certificate and fellowship programs. “Our greatest asset is our people...

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