Members

The UAB CEM 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 diseases, aging, and wellness to have the greatest impact on quality of life," states CEM Director, Marcas 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

 

Allendorfer, Jane, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurology, School of Medicine

Recovery in post-stroke aphasia, epilepsy

Associate Scientist

 

Allison, David B, PhD

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

Obesity, genetics, metabolism

Senior 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

 

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

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

Aging, mobility, hospitalization

Scientist

 

Brown, David, PT, PhD

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


Stroke Rehabilitation

Senior Scientist

 

Brown McLain, Amie, MD

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

Spinal cord injury

Senior Scientist

 

Casazza, Krista  PhD, RD

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

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

 

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

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine

Neuropsychology, rehabilitation, low vision rehabilitation

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, Dept of Nutrition Sciences, School of Health Professions

Insulin resistance, obesity

Senior Scientist

 

Habegger, Kirk M. PhD

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

Diabetes, Obestity, 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

 

Herring, Matthew P, PhD

Research Associate, Dept of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Exercise and Mental Health

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

Professor, Dept. of Human Studies, School of Education

Energetics, body composition, obesity, aging

Senior Scientist

 

Javed, Amjad, PhD

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

Genetic control of skeleton formation & remodeling 

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, UAB Administrative Building

Vision Science

Senior Scientist

 

Kezar, Laura B, MD

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

Health behavior, spinal cord injury

Senior Scientist

 

Kilgore, James R, PhD, PA-C

Assistant Professor,  Dept. of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, Div. of Physician Assist 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

Mechanisms of growth factor mRNA stabilization in cancer

Senior Professor

 

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

 

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

Assistant 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

Instructor, Dept of Nutrition Sciences, School of Health Professions

Mitochondrial Dysfunction

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

 

Newcomer, Bradley R, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, Div. of Biomedical Sciences Program, School of Health Professions


Medical imaging physics, magnetic resonance, spectroscopy

Senior Scientist

 

Novak, 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

 Professor, Dept. of OB/GYN, School of Medicine

Cervical Neoplasia

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

Exercise testing, nutrition and health

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 and Fatigue in Cancer Survivors

Senior 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

 

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

Assistant Professor, Dept of Neurology, School of Medicine

Parkinson's disease

Associate 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, 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

Senior Scientist

 

Wick, Timothy, PhD

Chairman and Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering

Cartilage Tissue Engineering, Cartilage repair

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