First Year Scholars

First Year Scholars

Dr. Sarah Beno

Dr. Sarah Beno received a BS in Biology and a BA in Chemistry from Meredith College in 2013. She was awarded a PhD in Food Nutrition Science from Cornell University in 2017. Dr. Beno is performing her postdoctoral research under the mentorship of Dr. Carlos Orihuela, Professor of Microbiology elucidating mechanisms of S. pneumonia gene expression in invasive pneumococcal disease.

beno@uab.edu
Department of Microbiology
Reserach Mentor: Dr. Carolos Orihuela

Dr. Keri Kemp

Dr. Keri Kemp received a BS in Biology from Kansas State University in 2001. Following experiences working in the conservation sector, she entered graduate studies earning an MS in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011 and a PhD in Ecology from the University of Georgia in 2017. Dr. Kemp is performing her postdoctoral research under the mentorship of Dr. Steve Watts, Professor Biology examining the impact of nutrition on host-microbiome systems.

Kerikemp@uab.edu
Department of Biology
Reserach Mentor: Dr. Shahid Mukhtar, Dr. Steve Watts, Dr. Martin Young

Second Year Scholars

Second Year Scholars

Dr. Ore Adedoyin

Dr. Ore Adedoyin

Dr. Oreoluwa Adedoyin received her Bachelors in Pharmacy (B.Pharm) degree in 2005 from Nigeria’s foremost University, the University of Ibadan. She worked briefly after graduation as a clinical pharmacist. Oreoluwa thereafter, obtained an M.S in Kinesiology and Health Promotion from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY in 2008. Her interest in research inspired her to obtain the PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY in 2014. Dr. Adedoyin is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Nephrology division, Department of Medicine, UAB. She is co-mentored by Dr. James George (Surgery) and Dr. Anupam Agarwal (Nephrology).

adedoyin@uab.edu | (205) 934-4261

Department of Medicine
Research Mentor: Drs. Anupam Agarwal and James George
Teaching Mentor: Dr. Diane Tucker

Dr. Robert M. Akscyn

Dr. Robert M. Akscyn

Dr. Akscyn received his BS in Biochemistry from Saint Vincent College in 2010 and his PhD in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2015. Dr. Akscyn is performing his postdoctoral research under the mentorship of Dr. J. Michael Wyss, Professor of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, and Director of the UAB Center for Community Outreach and Development. Dr. Akscyn’s research focuses on education assessment, curriculum design and implementation, and fostering Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in underrepresented, minority populations.

rakscyn@uab.edu | (205) 934-5171
https://www.uab.edu/cord/

Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology
Research Mentor: Dr. Mike Wyss
Teaching Mentor: TBD

Dr. Camerron Crowder

Dr. Camerron Crowder

Dr. Crowder received a B.S. and B.A. in 2007 from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, a M.S. in biology in 2010 from Northern Arizona University and her PhD in 2016 in Integrative biology from Oregon State University in the lab of Dr. Virginia Weis. Dr. Crowder is currently a post-doctoral fellow working with Dr. Daniel Gorelick, Assistant Professor in the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Her research is focused on investigating the role of nuclear receptors, including the androgen receptor, in sexual development and determination in zebrafish. She is also working to develop assays to visualize tissue-specific glucocorticoid receptor activity in order to improve rheumatoid arthritis drug therapies.

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Reserach Mentor: Dr. Dan Gorelick
Teaching Mentor: TBD

Dr. Norberto Gonzalez-Juarbe

Dr. Norberto Gonzalez-Juarbe

Dr. González-Juarbe received his BS in Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo in 2010 and his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Texas Science Center San Antonia in 2015. Dr. González-Juarbe is performing his postdoctoral research under the mentorship of Dr. Carlos Orihuela, Professor of Microbiology. Dr. González-Juarbe’s research focus on novel cell death mechanisms induced by pathogenic bacteria.

norberto@uab.edu | (205) 975-2537

Department of Microbiology
Reserach Mentor: Dr. Carolos Orihuela
Teaching Mentor: At-Large

Dr. Monica Lewis

Dr. Monica Lewis

Dr. Lewis received her BS in Chemistry at Alabama State University in 2009 and her PhD in Cancer Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016. She is performing her postdoctoral training in the lab of Dr. Nabiha Yusuf, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, where she is currently investigating the roles of the innate immune system in breast cancer health disparities and in the development of skin cancer.

Department of Dermatology
Reserach Mentor: Dr. Nabiha Yusuf
Teaching Mentor: TBD

Dr. Christine Loyd

Dr. Christine Loyd

Dr. Loyd received her BA in Microbiology from Miami University- Oxford in 2008 and her PhD in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine from University of Cincinnati in 2014. Dr. Loyd is performing her post-doctoral research under the mentorship of Dr. Cynthia J. Brown, Professor of Medicine and Director of the UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging. Dr. Loyd’s research investigates hospital mobility in older adults and the effectiveness of a hospital walking intervention in promoting recovery of mobility status following hospitalization.

christineloyd@uabmc.edu | (205) 934-9625

Department of Medicine
Reserach Mentor: Dr. Christine Brown
Teaching Mentor: TBD

Dr. Heather Ray

Dr. Heather Ray

Dr. Heather Ray received her B.S. in Biology from Oregon State University in 2006, followed by an M.S. in Biology from University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009 and her PhD in Cell, Stem Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2016. Dr. Ray is currently performing her post-doctoral research in the lab of Dr. Chenbei Chang, Associate Professor of Cell, Development and Integrative Biology. Dr. Ray's research focuses on the mechanisms of cell differentiation and migration using the frog Xenopus laevis as a model system, with an interest in how studies of early embryonic development can inform on adult disease mechanisms, such as cancer.

Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology
Reserach Mentor: Dr. Chenbei Chang
Teaching Mentor: TBD

Third Year Scholars

Third Year Scholars

Dr. Pamlea Brady

Dr. Pamlea Brady

Dr. Pamlea Brady received her BS in Chemistry from Winston-Salem State University in 2008, and her PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 2015 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She is performing her postdoctoral research training with Dr. Margaret Johnson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, studying the structure and dynamics of guanine quadruplex binding proteins.

pnbrady@uab.edu | (205) 975-0289

Department of Chemistry
Reserach Mentor: Dr. Margaret Johnson
Teaching Mentor: Dr. Tabitha Hardy

Dr. Centdrika Dates

Dr. Centdrika Dates

Dr. Centdrika Dates received her BS in Biology from Alcorn State University in 2008, her MS in Biology from Jackson State University in 2010, and her PhD in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2015. She is performing her postdoctoral research training with Dr. Trygve Tollefsbol, Professor of Biology, examining mechanisms of cancer and aging epigenetics.

cdatesh8@uab.edu | (205) 934-4587

Department of Radiation Oncology
Reserach Mentor: Drs. Markus Bredel and Susan Nozell
Teaching Mentor: At-Large

Dr. Vicky Huang

Dr. Vicky Huang

Dr. Vicky Huang received her BS in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005 and her PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from University of Texas at Austin in 2013. She is performing her postdoctoral research training with Dr. Farah Lubin, Associate Professor of Neurobiology, utilizing a zebra fish model to study the environmental influences on neuroepigenetic mechanisms during memory formation with aging.

victoriahuang@uab.edu | (205) 996-2242

Department of Neurobiology
Reserach Mentor: Dr. Farah Lubin
Teaching Mentor: Dr. Ken LaiHing

Fourth Year Scholars

Fourth Year Scholars

Dr. Sparkle Williams

Dr. Sparkle Williams

Dr. Sparkle Williams received her BS in Biology from Tuskegee University in 2008, and her MS in Biology in 2010 as well as her PhD in Biological Sciences in 2014 from Tennessee State University. She is performing her postdoctoral research training with Dr. Brian Sims, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, utilizing a zebra fish model to elucidate the mechanisms that underlie fetal brain injury. Dr. Williams has selected Dr. Elaine Vanterpool, Associate Professor of Biology at Oakwood University, as her MERIT Teaching Mentor.

sparklew@uab.edu | (205) 975-5402

Department of Pediatrics
Reserach Mentor: Dr. Sims
Teaching Mentor: Dr. Vanterpool

Dr. Kurt Zimmerman

Dr. Kurt Zimmerman

Dr. Kurt Zimmerman received his BS in Biochemistry / Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2009 and his PhD in Pathology from UAB in 2014. He is performing his postdoctoral research training with Dr. Brad Yoder, Professor of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology, utilizing the C. elegans model system to define mechanisms of cilia-mediated signaling and disease. Dr. Zimmerman has selected Dr. Corey Harrison, Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences at Stillman College as his MERIT Teaching Mentor. At the 2015 National IRACDA Meeting held in San Diego, CA, Dr. Zimmerman won 1st Place in the ‘Inaugural Shark-Tank Competition’.

zimmermk@uab.edu | (205) 934-0995

Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology
Reserach Mentor: Dr. Yoder
Teaching Mentor: At-Large