In 2005, Adrienne King entered the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Science (IBS) program, pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences. Her research focuses on chronic alcohol associated defects in mitochondrial function and how this is related to changes in mitochondrial calcium handling and the mitochondrial phosphoproteome.
When asked why she chose UAB to pursue her graduate studies, Adrienne replied, “I am originally from Alabama and have always known that UAB is nationally known for its biomedical research. I was also interested in Environmental Health and knew that UAB had an outstanding School of Public Health with an Environmental Health Science program. I wanted to combine these two areas and felt that UAB was the best place to be able to combine both interests.”
Adrienne has special people in her life who have influenced her academic career and motivated her in her research. She credits her mentor, Dr. Shannon Bailey, to be her greatest influence at UAB. She explains, “She has and continues to be very supportive in my academic work as well as my research. She is teaching me the necessary tools that are needed to be an outstanding research scientist.” As for her motivation, Adrienne adds, “One of my motivations for my academics/research is being able to know that I may be making a difference in someone’s life. Another motivation is my family especially my late father. He and my husband were my biggest cheerleaders when I decided to go back to school to get my PhD after working for 3 years.”
After graduating Adrienne plans to continue expanding her knowledge and develop more specialized research skills through a postdoctoral fellowship in academia. She then wants to pursue an academic position in order to continue her research.
Adrienne advises other graduate students to work hard, love what you do, ask questions, listen, and take time out for yourself. She also believes in striving hard to reach goals and never giving up.
Adrienne L. King is currently a 3rd year doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences under the mentorship of Dr. Shannon Bailey. She was recently selected to serve as the student representative on the Occupational and Public Health Specialty Section for the Society of Toxicology. In this capacity, she will assist the specialty section in achieving one of its goals to improve and increase student participation and elevate student interest in research in the area of toxicology as it pertains to public health.