Center Leadership

Center Director: Bradley K. Yoder, Ph.D.

Contact: byoder@uab.edu • 205-934-0994

Bradley K. Yoder, Ph.D.Dr. Yoder is an Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology (CDIB). He has directed the UAB Hepatorenal Fibrocystic Disease Center since 2011 and the Engineered Models Resource (Core B) in the Center since 2005. He has additional administrative experience as the Director of the UAB Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology Graduate program, the Director of the NIH supported T32 CMB pre-doctoral training grant, and through serving as the organizer for several regional and national meetings (e.g. SE SDB Meeting 2009, FASEB, Biology of Cilia and Flagella 2010 and 2013). He is an internationally recognized investigator whose research has been funded continuously for 17 years by the NIH. Throughout his career he has utilized complementary approaches in mice, C. elegans, and cell culture to address important basic, developmental, and clinical questions regarding cilia assembly and cilia sensory and signaling activities. His research program is focused on determining the role of cilia in the kidney and how defects in cilia signaling activities contribute to cystic kidney diseases. He has developed and analyzed multiple mouse and C. elegans lines with mutations in cilia related genes and the CiliaGFP mouse.

Associate Director: Lisa M. Guay-Woodford, M.D.

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Lisa M. Guay-Woodord, M.D.Dr. Guay-Woodford is the Richard L. Hudson Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Vice President for Clinical and Translational Research at The George Washington University (GW). She serves as Director for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN), a CTSA partnership between Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) and GW. In addition, she directs the Center for Translational Science at CNMC. Dr. Guay-Woodford is a recipient of the Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease. She has extensive administrative and leadership experiences including serving as the Director of the UAB CTSA program and currently, the CTSI-CN; Director of the UAB Inherited Renal Disorder Program; the President of the Society for Pediatric Research; Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee, and she is a current member of the Board of Trustees for the PKD Foundation. She is a world-renowned Pediatric Nephrologist and an internationally-recognized investigator whose research focuses on identifying clinical and genetic factors contributing to the pathogenesis of inherited renal disorders, most notably autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD). Her program has been funded by the NIH, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research, and the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.