Ballesteros-Tato, Andre, PhD

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Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest: Regulation of Tfh cell responses, mechanisms underlying clinical benefits of IL-2 against autoimmune disease 

Bradley, Laurence A., PhD


Areas of Interest: Interactions among biological and psychosocial factors associated with abnormal pain sensitivity in persons with osteoarthritis (OA)

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

Bridges Lou smallAnna Lois Waters Endowed Chair, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology
Director, Division of Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology

Areas of Interest: Identification of genetic influences on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) susceptibility and severity, particularly in African-Americans, autoantibodies and biomarkers of treatment response in RA

Chatham, W. Winn, MD

Chatham DSC0377Professor
Louis W. Heck Clinical Scholar

Areas of Interest: The biology of TNF family receptors and their ligands (including BLyS/BAFF) as these relate to disease expression in lupus and other inflammatory/autoimmune disorders.

Curtis, Jeffrey, R., MD, MS, MPH

very small CurtisHarbert-Ball Endowed Chair Professor in Rheumatology and Immunology
UAB Arthritis Clinical Intervention Program
UAB Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTS)
UAB PharmacoEpidEmiology and phaRmcoeconomics (PEER) Unit University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology

Areas of Interest: Evaluation of the efficacy, comparative effectiveness, and safety of the medications used to treat rheumatic diseases, risk factors for and outcomes of osteoporosis 

Dalvi, Sam R., MD

very small DalviAssistant Professor

Areas of Interest: The role of environmental stimuli in the development of autoimmunity, the role of lead toxicity and gouty arthritis.

Danila, Maria I., MD, MSc, MSPH

very small DanilaAssociate Professor
Ambulatory Clinical Director,

Areas of Interest: The design and evaluation of culturally-adapted and literacy-appropriate health care interventions that improve outcomes for patients with chronic conditions;  the development and implementation of strategies to assist physicians and other health care professionals in engaging in shared decision making and evidence-based clinical practice.

Edberg, Jeffrey C., PhD

very small jeffrey edbergProfessor

Areas of Interest: Transancestral mapping and genetic load in systemic lupus erythematosus.

Elgavish, Ada, PhD

very small ElgavishAssociate Professor

Areas of Interest: Chronic inflammatory processes in the bladder; link between natural protection and D(H) gene conservation.

Gaffo, Angelo L., MD, MSPH

very small GaffoAssociate Professor
Associate Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program
Rheumatology Section Chief, Birmingham VA Medical Center

Areas of Interest: Epidemiology of hyperuricemia and gout, with focus on their association with ethnic, dietary, and cardiovascular factors

Gibson, Andrew W., PhD

very small GibsonAssistant Professor

Areas of Interest: Molecular genetics and epigenetics of autoimmune diseases: Characterization of genetic variants on the SLE-linked q21-q42 region of chromosome 1; Structure and function of Fc gamma receptors in inflammation.

Hanaoka, Beatriz Yae, MD

very small Beatriz Hanaoka 2016 BAssistant Professor

Areas of Interest: The metabolic and physiologic abnormalities of skeletal muscle in RA patients; the molecular pathways that contribute to increased cardiovascular disease risk in RA patients

Hsu, Hui-Chen, PhD

very small Hsu 2017Associate Professor

Areas of Interest: The close interaction between spleen marginal zone (MZ) B cells and MZ macrophages, and the implication of disrupting this close interaction in disease relapse following B-cell depletion therapy (BCDT) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); Developing strategies to overcome the loss of tolerogenic MZM barrier following BCDT with an ultimate goal to re-set B-cell tolerogenic state to achieve long-term remission.

Hughes, Laura B., MD, MSPH

very small laura hughes fellowship 2017Professor

Areas of Interest: Identifying pharmacogenetic markers for treatment response and toxicity in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis; genetic markers for susceptibility and severity in African-American subjects with rheumatoid arthritis; analysis of genetic markers in inflammatory and adipokine genes for association with osteoarthritis

Jagpal, Aprajita, MD

Aprajita Jagpal 2017 C smallInstructor

Areas of Interest: Rheumatoid arthritis, Connective tissue disease associated Interstitial lung disease, Gout and other crystalline arthritis Scleroderma, Vasculitis

Hwangpo, Tracy A., MD, PhD

very small HwangpoInstructor

Areas of Interest: Characterization of immune abnormalities in patients with recurrent sino-pulmonary infections with subnormal immunoglobulin levels, who do not meet criteria for Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID).

Kimberly, Robert P., MD

very small kimberly CCTSHoward L. Holley Professor

Areas of Interest: Role of genetic factors in the normal function of the immune system and in the development of autoimmune and immune-mediated inflammatory diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and systemic vasculitis.

Li, Xiaoli, PhD

very small Xiaoli LiAssistant Professor

Areas of Interest: Biological effects of Fcγ Receptor polymorphisms. Elucidation of the biological functions mediated by Fcγ Receptors.

Morgan, Sarah L., MD, MS, RD, FADA, FACP, CCD

very small Sarah 2 croppedProfessor
Medical Director,
Osteoporosis Clinic, Center for Metabolic Bone Disease

Areas of Interest: Methotrexate and folic acid metabolism in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Mountz, John D., MD, PhD

very small MountzGoodwin-Blackburn Chair Professor
UAB Center for Aging, Basic Biology of Aging
UAB Rheumatic Diseases Core Center
UAB Comprehensive Flow Cytometery Core (CFCC) at Shelby

Areas of Interest: 
Development of Spontaneous, Pathogenic, Autoreactive Germinal Centers (GCs) in BXD2 mice; DR5 Apoptosis in Arthritis and Autoimmune Disease; Immunosenescence in Mice and Humans.

Raman, Chander, PhD

very small RamanProfessor

Areas of Interest: 
Molecular and cellular mechanisms driving the immunopathogenesis of autoimmune diseases with a special emphasis on multiple sclerosis (MS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

Randall, Troy D, PhD

very small RandallWilliam J. Koopman Endowed Professor in Rheumatology and Immunology

Areas of Interest: 
Pulmonary immunity to viruses, tumors and allergens; Peritoneal immunity to tumors and commensal organisms; Control of CD8 T cell responses to viruses and tumors; Local control of autoimmune/inflammatory T and B cell responses.

Reynolds, Richard J., IV, PhD

very small ReynoldsAssistant Professor

Areas of Interest: 
Identification of genetic, epigenetic and transcriptomic features that implicate important biological pathways causing inflammatory diseases.

Saag, Kenneth G., MD, MSc

very small KenSaagJane Knight Lowe Professor of Medicine
Vice Chair, Department of Medicine
Director, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE)
Director, Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs)
Director, Center of Research Translation (CORT) in Gout and Hyperuricemia

Areas of Interest: 
The epidemiology of osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis as well as methods to translate evidence into practice for both arthritis and osteoporosis.

Schroeder, Harry W., Jr., MD, PhD

very small SchroederJohn R. Irby Research Scholar
UAB Program in Immunology
Immunologic Diseases & Basic Immunology Training Program

Areas of Interest: 
B cell and repertoire development; Genetics of primary immune deficiency diseases.

Singh, Jasvinder, MD, MPH

very small SinghProfessor
Endowed Professor,
Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research
2016 ACR Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award

Areas of Interest:  Comparative effectiveness of treatments and outcomes research in rheumatic diseases, with a focus on gout, osteoarthritis, lupus and joint replacement

Spalding, David M., MD

very small spaldingProfessor

Areas of Interest:  Basic immunology and rheumatology

Szalai, Alexander J., PhD

very small SzalaiProfessor

Areas of Interest:  The biological role of C-reactive protein (CRP)

Xiao, Li, PhD

very small XiaoAssistant Professor

Areas of Interest:  Pathogenesis of Mollicutes (such as Mycoplasma species) and mechanisms by which they interact with host to avoid or subvert the host immune response


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