Members

The UCEM interdisciplinary team brings together investigators, departments, and schools from across campus for a multi-science approach. "The overall goal is to determine how we can best intervene with exercise in specific disease states to have the greatest impact on quality of life," states UCEM Director Bamman.

 

Member
(click name for details)

Title

Research Focus (click for publications)

Membership Appointment

Affuso, H Olivia, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Pediatric obesity, health behavior

Scientist and Associate Director for Public Health

Allendorfer, Jane, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurology, School of Medicine

Recovery in post-stroke aphasia, epilepsy

Associate Scientist

Allison, David B, PhD

Distinguished Professor. Associate Dean, School of Public Health Dean's Office

Obesity, genetics, metabolism

Senior Scientist

Amara, Amy, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurology, School of Medicine

Parkinsonism, sleep disorders

Associate Scientist

Arnett, Donna K. PhD, MSPH

Professor and Chair, Dept. of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Genetics, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis

Senior Scientist

Austad, Steven, PhD

Professor and Chair, Dept. of Biology, College of Arts and Science

Biology of aging; evolution of life histories

Senior Scientist

Ball, Karlene K, PhD

Professor and Chair, Dept of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

Aging, cognitive decline

Senior Scientist

Ballinger, Scott, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Div. of Molecular and Cellular Pathology, Academic Joint Departments

Environmental cardiology, free radical biology, mitochondrial function

Senior Scientist

Bamman, Marcas M, PhD

Professor, Depts of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, Medicine, and Nutrition Sciences, Academic Joint Departments

Muscle biology, musculoskeletal function and disease

Senior Scientist and Director

Baskin, Monica PhD

Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine

Culturally-relevant behavioral interventions for cancer prevention/control and obesity prevention/treatment; minority health & health disparities

Senior Scientist

Benjamin, William, OD., PhD.

Professor and Associate Dean, Dept. of Optometry, School of Optometry Dean's Office

Optometry, vision science, eye physiology

Senior Scientist

Bhatt, Surya, MD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine Dean's Office

COPD, Pulmonary hypertension

Associate Scientist

Bickel, C Scott, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions Dean's Office

Movement disorders, spinal cord injury

Scientist and Associate Director for Rehabilitation Research

Bittner, Vera, MD, MSPH

Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Cardiovascular Disease, School of Medicine

Cardiovascular disease, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation

Senior Scientist

  Braswell-Christy, Jennifer, PT, PhD Associate Professor, Dept. of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions Visual acuity for children, vestibular hypofunction, PT for children with severe cerebral palsy Scientist

Bridges, S. Louis, Jr., MD, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Director, Div of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, School of Medicine

Rheumatoid arthritis, Clinical immunology

Senior Scientist

Brown, Cynthia J, MD, MSPH

Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Director, Div of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care. Director, Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, School of Medicine

Aging, mobility, hospitalization

Senior Scientist

Brown, David, PT, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Physical and Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions


Stroke rehabilitation

Senior Scientist

Casazza, Krista PhD, RD

Associate Professor, Dept of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health

Childhood obesity

Associate Scientist

Colvin, Edward V, MD

Professor and Director, Dept. of Pediatric Cardiology, School of Medicine

Congenital heart disease

Senior Scientist

Combs, Bryan MSN

Instructor, Family, Child Health, & Caregiving Dept, School of Nursing

Instructor to nursing students

UAB Staff

  Cutter, Gary R, PhD Professor, Dept. of Biostatistics, School of Public Health  

Biostatistics/Epidemiology, clinical trials and community studies; chronic disease epidemiology; largescale data bases, multiple sclerosis, data and safety monitoring, neurological diseases

Senior Scientist

Dell'Italia, Louis J, MD

Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div of Cardiovascular Disease, School of Medicine

Heart failure, mitral valve disease

Senior Scientist and Associate Director for Clinical Research

Demark-Wahnefried, Wendy, PhD

Professor, Dept of Nutrition Sciences, School of Health Professions

Behavioral interventions for breast cancer survivors

Senior Scientist

Dransfield, Mark T. MD

Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Pulmonary/Allergy/Critical Care, School of Medicine

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer

Scientist

Dreer, Laura, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept. of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine

Rehabilitation, development of behavioral health interventions, health behaviors, chronic diseases/injuries (eye diseases, traumatic brain injury, military-related injuries) and caregiving

Associate Scientist

Durant, Nefertiti, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Physical activity, health effects of obesity in youth

Associate Scientist

Dutton, Gareth R. PhD

Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Preventive Medicine

Lifestyle interventions for weight loss, physical activity and diabetes prevention

Scientist

Eberhardt, Alan W, PhD

Professor, Dept of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering

Orthopedic biomechanics, injury biomechanics

Senior Scientist

Enah Comfort, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, Community Health Outcomes and Systems Dept, School of Nursing

HIV prevention

Associate Scientist

Evans, Retta, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept of Human Studies, School of Education

Health promotion

Scientist

Fisher, Gordon, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept of Human Studies, School of Education

Exercise intensity, insulin sensitivity, mitochondrial function

Associate Scientist

Floyd, Candace, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of Research, Dept of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine

Traumatic brain injury and Spinal cord injury

 Scientist

Fontaine, Kevin, PhD

Professor, Dept of Health Behavior, School of Public Health

Exercise treatment for inflammatory diseases of joints

Senior Scientist

Ford, Matthew P, PhD

Associate Professor/Chair, Dept of Physical Therapy Samford University

Parkinson's disease, movement disorders

Scientist

Frank, Stuart J, MD

Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Growth hormone, diabetes, metabolism

Senior Scientist

Garvey, W Timothy, MD

Professor and Chair, Dept of Nutrition Sciences, School of Health Professions

Insulin resistance, type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome

Senior Scientist

Geisinger, Maria L, DDS

Assistant Professor, Dept of Periodontics, School of Dentistry

Periodontology, oral surgery

Associate Scientist

Gower, Barbara A, PhD

Professor, Vice Chair for Research, Dept of Nutrition Sciences, School of Health Professions

Dietary and physiologic determinants of chronic disease

Senior Scientist

Habegger, Kirk M. PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, School of Medicine

Diabetes, obesity, energy metabolism

Associate Scientist

Halade, Ganesh, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Cardiovascular Disease, School of Medicine

Cardiovascular sciences, obesity and remodeling

Associate Scientist

Hall, Sean, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Human Studies, School of Education

Education, counseling

Associate Scientist

 

Harris, W. Thomas, MD

Assistant Professor, Dpe. of Pediatrics-Pulmonary, Childrens Ambulatory Care Center, School of Medicine

Pediatric pulmonary disease

 Associate Scientist

 

Hites, Lisle, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Care Organization and Policy, School of Public Health

State and local public health 

Associate Scientist

Howard, Virginia, PhD

Professor, Dept. of  Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Stroke epidemiology

Senior Scientist

Hunter, Gary R, PhD

Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Human Studies, School of Education

Energetics, body composition, obesity, aging

Senior Scientist

Javed, Amjad, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry

Genetic control of skeleton formation & remodeling 

Senior Scientist

Johnson, Walter, MD

Professor, Dept. of Pediatric, Div. of Cardiology, School of Medicine

Congenital heart disease

Senior Scientist

Keyser, Kent T. PhD

Assistant Vice President for Research

Vision science

Senior Scientist

Kezar, Laura B, MD

Professor, Dept of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; School of Medicine

Health behavior, spinal cord injury

Senior Scientist

Kilgore, James R, PhD, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, Div. of Physician Assistant Studies, School of Health Professions


Clinical medicine and research

Associate Scientist

Kimberly, Robert, MD

Howard L. Holley Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Immunology/Rheumatology, School of Medicine
Director, UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Lupus, arthritis, systemic vasculitis

Senior Scientist

King, Peter H. MD

Professor, Dept. of Neurology, School of Medicine

ALS

Senior Scientist

Kraus, David, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept of Environmental Health Sciences

Metabolism

Scientist

Lau, Yung, MD

Professor & Associate Director, Dept. of Pediatrics, Div. of Cardiology, School of Medicine

Congenital heart disease

Senior Scientist

 

Li Li, MD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Div. of Behavioral Neurobiology, School of Medicine

Mood Disorders

Associate Scientist

Locher, Julie L, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, School of Medicine

Cancer, nutrition, lifestyle interventions

Scientist

Lowman, John D Jr, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept of Physical Therapy; School of Health Professions

Pulmonary disease

Associate Scientist

Loyaga-Rendon, Renzo, MD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div of Cardiovascular Disease, School of Medicine

Heart failure, Pulmonary vascular disease

Associate Scientist

 

Mayhew, David L, MD, PhD

Resident, Radiation Oncology

Translational control, muscle biology, cancer

Associate Scientist

McLain, Amie B, MD

Professor and Chair, Dept of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine

Spinal cord injury

Senior Scientist

McGwin, Gerald, MS, PhD

Professor, Vice Chair, Dept of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Biostatistics

Senior Scientist

McMahon-Wakefield, Lori, PhD

Professor, Dept of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, Director, Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, Academic Joint Departments

Neuroscience, aging, cognition

Senior Scientist

Menear, Kristi, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept of Human Studies, School of Education

Movement disorders in children

Scientist and Associate Director for Education

Messina, Joseph L

Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Div. of Molecular & Cellular Pathology, Academic Joint Departments

Insulin and growth hormone action, insulin and GH resistance following trauma and infection

Senior Scientist

Miltner, Rebecca, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Work hazards, incorporating quality and safety in the nursing workforce

Associate Scientist

Moellering, Douglas, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept of Nutrition Sciences, School of Health Professions

Metabolism, diabetes, aging, mitochonddrial physiology, and redox biology

Scientist

 

Moradi, Lee, PhD, PE

Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering

 

Senior Scientist

Mountz, John D, MD, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, School of Medicine

Aging and immune senescence

Senior Scientist

Nagy, Timothy R, PhD

Professor, Dept of Nutrition Sciences, School of Health Professions

Obesity and cancer

Senior Scientist

Namakkal-Soorappan, Rajeskaran, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Pathology, School of Medicine

Reductive stress in the heart, aging heart and skeletal muscle

Associate Scientist

Novack, Thomas, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine

Traumatic brain injury

Senior Scientist

Ovalle, Fernando, MD

Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, School of Medicine

Diabetes mellitus, metabolism

Senior Scientist

Partridge, Edward, MD

Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, Dept. of OB/GYN, School of Medicine

Community based participatory research & cancer prevention and control

Senior Scientist

Patel, Rakesh, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Div. of Molecular and Cellular Pathology, Academic Joint Departments

Cardiovascular disease, free radical biology

Senior Scientist

 

Pekmezi, Dori, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Behavior, School of Public Health

Chronic disease prevention and health communication

Associate Scientist

Plaisance, Eric, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Human Studies, School of Education

Obesity, metabolic disease, nutritional physiology

Associate Scientist

Pogwizd, Steven, MD

Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Cardiovascular Disease, School of Medicine

Cardiovascular disease

Senior Scientist

Pollio, David, PhD

Distinguished Professor/Chair, Dept. of Social Work, College of Arts and Science 

Mental health and addiction services

Senior Scientist

Prabhu, Sumanth, MD

Professor and Director, Dept. of Medicine, Div of Cardiovascular Disease, School of Medicine

Cardiovascular disease

 Senior Scientist

Ramanadham, Sasanka, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, Academic Joint Departments

Role of lipid mediators in signal transduction

Senior Scientist

Rimmer, James, PhD

Professor, Director of Lakeshore Foundation/UAB Research Collaborative, School of Health Professions

Exercise intervention and disabilities

Senior Scientist

Rogers, Laura, MD

Professor, Dept of Nutrition Sciences, School of Health Professions

Exercise measurement, promotion, and benefits in cancer survivors

Senior Scientist

Rowe, Glenn C. PhD

Asistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div of Cardiovascular Disease, School of Medicine

 How exercise influences mitochondrial remodeling

 Associate Scientist

Roy, Jane, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept. of Human Studies, School of Education

Exercise science, exercise prescription

Scientist

Saag, Kenneth G, MD

Professor,  Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, School of Medicine

Bone & joint diseases, outcomes and effectiveness research

Senior Scientist

Saag, Michael, MD

Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine

HIV and HCV clinical, translational, and outcomes

Senior Scientist

Safford, Monika, MD

Inaugural Endowed Professor, Dept. of Medicine,  Div. of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine

Diabetes, cardiovascular epidemiology and obesity

Senior Scientist

Sasse. Mark, MD

Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Cardiovascular Disease, School of Medicine

Coronary artery angioplasty, catheterization and X-ray

Scientist

 

Serra, Rosa, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology

Musculoskeletal disorders, osteoarthritis, lumbar disc disease

Senior Scientist

Schwebel, David, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

Child and adolescent unintentional injury

Senior Scientist

Schwiebert, Lisa M, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology; and Associate Dean, Office of Postdoctoral Education, Academic Joint Departments

Asthma, pulmonary fibrosis

Senior Scientist

Shalev, Anath, MD

Professor,Dept. of Medicine,  Div of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism,  School of Medicine

Type I diabetes mellitus

Senior Scientist

Shelton, Richard, MD

Charles B. Ireland Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry, Div. of Behavioral Neurobiology, School of Medicine

Mood disorders, depression, bipolar disorder

Senior Scientist

Shikany, James M, DrPH

Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine,  Div of Preventive Medicine,  School of Medicine

Diet, physical activity, and epidemiology and prevention of chronic disease

Scientist

Singh, Jasvinder, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, School of Medicine

Knee and Hip arthroplasty, rheumatology

Scientist

Singh, Karan, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine

Chronic disease modeling, clinical trials design & survival methodology

Senior Scientist

Standaert, David G, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair, Dept of Neurology and Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, School of Medicine

Parkinson's disease, movement disorders

Senior Scientist

Swanson, Mark, OD, MSPH

Associate Professor, Dept. of Optometry, School of Optometry

Vision disorders among elderly, retinal disease

Scientist

Taub, Edward, PhD

University Professor/Director C.I. Therapy, Dept. of Psycology, College of Arts and Sciences

Constraint-Induced movement therapy

Senior Scientist

Theiss, Steven M. MD.

Professor and Director, Dept. of Surgery, Div of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine

Orthopaedic surgery, musculoskeletal problems

Senior Scientist

Uswatte, Gitendra, PhD

Professor, Psychology, College of Arts and Science

Development of real-world measures of motor behavior

Senior Scientis

Vogtle, Laura, PhD

Professor, Dept of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions

Rehabilitation for movement disorders

Senior Scientist

Vohra, Yogesh, PhD

Professor, Assoc Dean, Dept. of Physics, College of Arts and Science

Nanoscale materials

Senior Scientist

Walker, Harrison C, MD

Associate Professor, Dept of Neurology, School of Medicine

Parkinson's disease

Scientist

Watts, Ray L, MD

President, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Parkinson's disease

Senior Scientist

Weise, Katherine K, OD, MBA

Associate Professor, Dept. of Optometry, School of Optometry

Pediatric eye disease, traumatic brain injury, sports-related concussion

Scientist

Wende, Adam R, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Div. of Molecular and Cellular Pathology, Academic Joint Departments

Glucose utilization, fatty acid metabolism

Associate Scientist

Wesselmann, Ursula, MD, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine

Urogenital and pelvic pain in women, pain in breast cancer survivors

Senior Scientist

Wick, Timothy, PhD

Senior Associate Dean, School of Engineering

Cartilage tissue engineering, cartilage repair and transdermal drug delivery

Senior Scientist

Wilkinson, Larrell, PhD, MSPH, CHES

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Human Studies, School of Education

Dietary, physical activity and lifestyle behaviors

Associate Scientist

Windham, Samuel III, MD

Associate Professor, Dept. of Surgery, Div. of General Surgery Trauma Section, School of Medicine

Trauma, burns, skeletal muscle hypertrophy

Scientist

Wingate, Martha, DrPH

Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Care Organization and Policy, School of Public Health

Maternal and child health policy

Scientist

 

Willig, Amanda, PhD

Assistant Professor, Div. of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine

HIV and physical activity

Associate Scientist

Wingo, Brooks, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions

Behavioral interventions for obesity

Associate Scientist

 

Yarar, Ceren, PT, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Core Muscle Research Laboratory, School of Medicine

Muscle biology, muscle protein, spinal cord injury

Associate Scientist

Young, Martin E. PhD

Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. Cardiovascular Disease, School of Medicine

Myocardial metabolism, physical activity

Scientist

Yuen, Hon, PhD

Professor, Dept of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions

Exercise treatments for chronic conditions

Senior Scientist

 

Zinski, Anne, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine

HIV and physical activity

Associate Scientist