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Discoveries: The sweet science behind mending muscle

IMG 0174Rylie Hightower, a third-year graduate student in the Graduate Biomedial Sciences neuroscience program, studies proteins and other factors that contribute to the progression of muscular dystrophy. 

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Link to Leadership: Dr. Lisa Schwiebert, Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

GRAD logo without taglineEmbarking on the graduate school journey can be a challenging experience, but it helps if you understand the major players involved in that experience. This new series, "Link to Leadership," features Q&As with UAB's Graduate School leaders and an opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to get to know these leaders on a deeper level.
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Graduate Student Organization Spotlight: Graduate Student Government

Grad Student Organization Spotlight graphicThe University of Alabama at Birmingham offers numerous ways for graduate students to enhance their leadership skills, one of which is joining a student organization. But how do you decide which organization is the right fit for you? This Spotlight series will highlight all of UAB's graduate student organizations, as well as the benefits of joining each one.  Read more ...

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Samir Rana

Samir Rana

GS:       Where are you from? 
BB:      Ft. Lauderdale, FL

GS:       What degree did you/will you receive and when? 
BB:      B.S. Neurobiology – U of F; Ph.D. Cell Biology – UAB

GS:       How long have you been at UAB?
BB:      Since the summer of 2004

GS:       What is your research?
BB:      My research focuses on the intercellular networks of cytokine signaling in astrocytes and microglia as well as the transcriptional regulation of these cytokines.
 
GS:       What made you choose UAB for your graduate studies?
BB:      I felt that biomedical research at UAB, especially basic science research, was very strong and I welcomed the opportunity to be a part of a highly interactive and collaborative group of scientists.
 
GS:       Have you received any awards or honors?
BB:      I was selected as the student representative for UAB’s Graduate School to attend the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) meeting in Madison, WI.  This meeting addressed how well graduate schools prepared their Ph.D. students for faculty careers inside and outside academia. 
 
GS:       What has been your most rewarding experience at UAB?
BB:      Subsequent to the CIRTL meeting, I organized a seminar to provide biomedical graduate students with helpful resources and information about potential career opportunities for Ph.D.s.  It felt rewarding to pass on information from the meeting and to hopefully aid students in making informed decisions about their future career choices.
 
GS:       Who was your greatest influence here at UAB and why?
BB:      I would have to say my mentor, Dr. Tika Benveniste.  She has equipped me with all the necessary tools to be a successful scientist, writer and editor, and has taught me to be a thorough and meticulous researcher. 
 
GS:       What is your motivation in your academics/research?
BB:      Right now, to graduate. In the future, I hope to contribute to a body of knowledge that may improve therapies for neuroimmunologic diseases.
 
GS:       Do you have any advice/wisdom for other graduate students?
BB:      Your data are puzzle pieces.  Keep track of them so you can construct the bigger picture. 
 
GS:       What are your plans after graduating and for the future?
BB:      I plan to take a postdoctoral position in industry and to continue developing my scientific and technical writing skills.