GBS Spotlight

Asmi Chakraborty Earns Carmichael Scholarship

Asmi Chakraborty Earns Carmichael Scholarship

Cancer Biology student Asmi Chakraborty was chosen as the 2018-19 recipient of the Carmichael Scholarship, which provides stipend support to GBS students who have been nominated by their theme directors for scholastic and research excellence. Congratulations Asmi!
Congratulations to the 2018 Ireland Research Travel Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2018 Ireland Research Travel Award Recipients

The Caroline P. Ireland Research Travel Award provides up to $1,000 in travel support for graduate students whose research requires them to travel to locations outside of Alabama to gain access to artifacts, study sites, research technology, or instrumentation not available at UAB. Congratulations to the following GBS students who were selected as recipients:
  • Mohammad Abdelgawwad, PBMM
  • Melissa Bentley, PBMM
  • Jacelyn Peabody, MSTP/PBMM
  • Yuliya Voskobiynyk, Neuroscience
  • Morgan Zipperly, MSTP/CMDB
Jacelyn Peabody Wins 3MT at ATS Conference

Jacelyn Peabody Wins 3MT at ATS Conference

Congratulations to MSTP/PBMM student Jacelyn Peabody for winning the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition at the 2018 American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference! Her presentation was titled, “Mucus Matters for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.”
Eric Zhang Awarded AHA Predoctoral Fellowship

Eric Zhang Awarded AHA Predoctoral Fellowship

Congratulations to PBMM student Eric Zhang for being awarded an AHA Predoctoral Fellowship starting July 1, 2018! His research focuses on stem cell trafficking in the cardiovascular system.
Audra Ann Hargett Named McKibbin Outstanding Young Investigator

Audra Ann Hargett Named McKibbin Outstanding Young Investigator

Congratulations to BSSB student Audra Ann Hargett for being named the 2018 McKibbin Outstanding Young Investigator with her research titled, "HIV-1 Envelope N-glycan Network"!
Jacelyn Peabody Earns Outstanding Woman UAB Graduate Student

Jacelyn Peabody Earns Outstanding Woman UAB Graduate Student

MSTP/PBMM student Jacelyn Peabody was selected as the 2018 Outstanding Woman UAB Graduate Student. UAB and the UAB Commission on the Status of Women presents this along with other awards during Women’s History Month to honor women in the UAB and Birmingham communities who have mentored or served other women, taken a courageous stance, or overcome adversity to achieve a goal. Peabody splits her time between her rigorous academic obligations and several voluntary leadership positions, including serving as the Events Committee Chair in the Medical Scientist Training Program.
Joshua Justice Earns Ellen Fanning Memorial Award

Joshua Justice Earns Ellen Fanning Memorial Award

Congratulations to Microbiology student Joshua Justice for earning the Ellen Fanning Memorial Award for generating discussion at the 2017 ASM meeting on Viral Manipulation of Nuclear Processes! The award recognizes the person whose research contributed the most to discussion at the conference.
Congratulations to the Microbiology Departmental Retreat Award Recipients

Congratulations to the Microbiology Departmental Retreat Award Recipients

  • Meagan Jenkins, 1st Place for Poster Presentations by New Investigators (1st – 3rd Years)
  • Erin McLaughlin, 2nd Place for Poster Presentations by New Investigators (1st – 3rd Years)
  • Jessie Barra, 1st Place for Oral Presentations by New Investigators (1st – 3rd Years)
  • Anukul Shenoy, Tie for 1st Place for Poster Presentations by Graduate Students (4th Year & Up)
  • Hui Wu, Tie for 1st Place for Poster Presentations by Graduate Students (4th Year & Up)
  • Cathy Yea Won Sung, 1st Place for Oral Presentations by Graduate Students (4th Year & Up)
  • Uday Tak, 2nd Place for Oral Presentations by Graduate Students (4th Year & Up)
The 26th Gail Cassell Research Retreat took place in November at Joe Wheeler State Park for students, postdocs, and faculty in the Microbiology Department.
Mohammad Abdelgawwad Earns ASH Abstract Achievement Award

Mohammad Abdelgawwad Earns ASH Abstract Achievement Award

Congratulations to PBMM student Mohammad Abdelgawwad for being selected to give an oral presentation at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting and earning the ASH Abstract Achievement Award for his abstract titled, "Platelets Loaded with Recombinant ADAMTS13 Are Efficacious in Inhibiting Arterial Thrombosis Under Flow: A Potential Novel Therapeutic for Acquired TTP." The ASH Abstract Achievement Award is a merit-based award for trainees with high-scoring annual meeting abstracts. In addition, he was awarded a travel grant from Graduate Student Government to attend the conference.
Research Spotlight: Luke Stewart

Research Spotlight: Luke Stewart

Neuroscience student Luke Stewart was featured by UAB News for his research on how a dietary supplement dampens the brain hyperexcitability seen in seizures or epilepsy.
Research Spotlight: Yabing Chen

Research Spotlight: Yabing Chen

Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine theme director Yabing Chen was featured by UAB News for her research on how dietary potassium regulates calcification of arteries.
Congratulations to the 2017-18 Civitan International Research Center Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2017-18 Civitan International Research Center Award Recipients

  • Emerging Scholar Award: Rylie Hightower, Neuroscience Theme
  • The Emerging Scholar Award recognizes outstanding research projects from budding scholars whose research focuses on developmental disabilities.
  • W. John Rynearson Award: Mary Phillips, Neuroscience Theme
  • The W. John Rynearson Award was established in 2017 in honor of John Rynearson’s leadership of Civitan International.
  • Whit Mallory Award: Nancy Gallus, Neuroscience Theme
  • The Whit Mallory Award was established in 2013 in memory of Whit Mallory and his dedication to research and clinical activities in the field of developmental disabilities.
Congratulations to the 2017-18 AMC21 Recipients

Congratulations to the 2017-18 AMC21 Recipients

  • Rachel Andrews, Microbiology Theme
  • Sam Mabry, Neuroscience Theme
  • Gunars Osis, Biochemistry Theme
The AMC21 Scholar program was started in the Fall of 2017 and the first class of Scholars have just started their graduate training in the Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS) Program. The scholarships are sponsored by the UAB School of Medicine through the Academic Enrichment Fund, which receives support from the School of Medicine, the clinical departments, the UAB Hospital, the UAB Health System and Viva Health. The goal of the scholarship program is to attract the top candidates to our graduate programs in biomedical science disciplines. The scholars were selected from the large pool of GBS applicants for their academic excellence and their prior research accomplishments. The scholarships provide stipend support and discretionary funds for attending national or international scientific meetings. The scholars will also participate in an annual research symposium and a mentoring program that are designed to help them compete for extramurally funded research fellowships and post-doctoral fellowships with top labs.
Research Spotlight: Danielle Chisolm

Research Spotlight: Danielle Chisolm

Microbiology student Danielle Chisolm was featured by UAB News for her research on how a nutrient, glutamine, can control gene programs in cells.
Lou Justement Elected VP for Science Policy at FASEB

Lou Justement Elected VP for Science Policy at FASEB

Immunology theme director Lou Justement, Ph.D., was elected as the vice president for science policy at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).
Research Spotlight: Megan Rich

Research Spotlight: Megan Rich

Neurobiology student Megan Rich was featured as an Alabama Bright Light for her research on how to penetrate the blood-brain barrier in a noninvasive way.
Research Spotlight: Moon Nahm

Research Spotlight: Moon Nahm

GBS faculty member Moon Nahm, M.D., was featured in the UAB Magazine for the global impact of his research on S. pneumoniae.