Dr. Wells received a B.S. in genetics from Texas A&M University in 2000 and his M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in 2005. He completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine in 2008, served as Chief Medical Resident from 2008-2009 and completed his fellowship in Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care in 2012, all at UAB. He was the first UAB pulmonary fellow selected for the NIH sponsored T32 training grant in Lung Biology and Translational Medicine for 2010-2012 and he is the 2012 recipient of the Walter B. Frommeyer, Jr. Fellowship in Investigational Medicine. Dr. Wells joined the laboratory of Dr. Edwin Blalock in 2010, where he has been investigating the role of neutrophilic inflammation in the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) using proteomics, synthetic chemistry, and murine models. In July 2012 he joined the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care as an Assitant Professor. His research interest is in COPD, particularly in the areas of pathogenesis, biomarker discovery, disease progression, and treatment.
Dr. Christine Sestero’s paper entitled “CD5-Dependent CK2 Activation Pathway Regulates Threshold for T Cell Anergy”, published in the Journal of Immunology has been selected as the Department of Medicine’s September 2012 Paper of the Month.
Dr. Sestero conducted her postdoctoral fellowship at UAB under the mentorship of Chander Raman in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology. She received her B.S. in Biology from The College of Idaho and her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Idaho State University. During her time as a postdoc, Dr. Sestero was a recipient of NIH Postdoctoral Scholar Training Grants in Immunology and Rheumatology and the NIH/NIGMS IRACDA Award for the Mentored Experiences in Research, Instruction, and Teaching (MERIT) Program. She will continue her research collaborations with Dr. Raman in her new appointment as Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Montevallo.
Dr. Hong Li is currently a research associate in Dr. Yabing Chen’s lab in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Pathology. Dr. Li received her MS degree from Wuhan University and her PhD from Central South University in China. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at UAB under the mentorship of Dr. Guangjie (Jeff) Cheng in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Dongqi Xing’s paper entitled “Endothelial cells overexpressing interleukin-8 receptors reduce inflammatory and neointimal responses to arterial injury”, published in Circulation has been selected as the Department of Medicine’s July 2012 Paper of the Month.