Neurobiology News

Nadendla Outstanding Student

The Neuroscience Program's Outstanding Student, Kavita Nadendla, will also receive the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award as the Outstanding Undergraduate Student. Kavita will graduate this spring with a double major in Neuroscience and Biology and is a member of the University Honors Program and the Early Medical School Acceptance Program. She has never made less than an A in her life!  Kavita has received excellent research training, first in Jim Meador-Woodruff's lab and now with Rajesh Kana. Kavita will attend medical school next year, hopefully at UAB!

It should be noted that this is, in effect, two in a row for the neuroscience program. Last year, Caitlin Aamodt, received the CAS Award as an Anthropology major before transferring to the Neuroscience program. She is currently working in Dave Sweatt's lab.

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Brenner Honored with Mentorship Award

At a ceremony on April 2, 2012, Michael Brenner was one of 20 recipients of the 2011 Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship.  The award recognizes exceptional faculty mentorship and demonstrates that UAB is a university that values the commitment to excellence in mentorship that is exhibited by its faculty, says Bryan Noe, Ph.D. dean of the Graduate School.  “This award recognizes faculty who have been outstanding mentors, advisors and role models to the students and trainees with whom they have worked,” Noe says. 


Heaven Wins Big

Mike Heaven, a Biochemistry grad student, won an award in the Alabama Launchpad competition for a method he developed for quantifying mass spec data. 

Mike is co-founder of Proteomic Profiling Technologies, which has developed a method to identify causes of disease by observing samples such as blood and protein.  Funding totaling $22,000 from the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama in a proof of concept competition Tuesday. It was one of four start-up companies associated with Alabama universities that split $100,000.


Lubin, Korf, and Keyser Win HSF Awards

Farah Lubin, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAB Department of Neurobiology, has received a $118,000 grant for a high resolution melt instrument and its pyrosequencing workstation to perform quantitative real time polymerase chain reactions. HRM provides a high-throughput method for identifying DNA segments that have undergone methylation changes.

Bruce Korf, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the UAB Department of Genetics, has received a $200,000 grant for equipment purchases and increasing research capacity at the Wallace Tumor Institute.

Kent Keyser, Ph.D., professor in the UAB Department of Vision Sciences and director of the UAB Vision Science Research Center, has received a $151,160 grant for a Nikon LiveScan Swept Field Microscope that will allow researchers to observe cellular processes through live-cell imaging.


Epigenetics Retreat

The inaugural UAB Epigenetics Retreat will take place Wednesday, July 11 in the Finley Conference Center. This free event is a great opportunity for faculty and trainees to introduce their work and learn about the resources available to researchers in the epigenetics field.

Registration for event may be completed at the following link:

For more information contact Michelle Amaral at

Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome Research

Dr. David Sweatt and the Department of Neurobiology will be conducting studies of Pitt-Hopkins syndrome as a result of research funding recently received.  As a result, Sweatt will become the first molecular neurobiologist in the United States investigating this disorder.

For more information visit:

Save-the-Date- RCC Art Fundraiser

Second Annual  - UAB Research Civitan Club (RCC) - Art Fundraiser

Date: Thursday, September 20th, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

UAB Civitan Atrium
1717 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294

We are requesting all faculty, students, staff, and friends to please submit something to be auctioned off. 

All proceeds benefit the Southeastern Rhett Syndrome Alliance and Civitan International

For information please contact us at

To view the donated artwork from last year please visit

Denning Wins Aging Award

The UAB Center for Aging awarded Christine Denning a $2,000 Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Christine’s proposal “Why is Speed of Processing Training so effective: Examining the Neural Mechanisms behind Training” was favorably reviewed by the committee and deemed worthy of support. Join us in congratulating Christine!!!

Christine is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Kristina Visscher, Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology.