Dr. Lisa Schwiebert

Dr. Lisa Schwiebert

Dr. Lisa Schwiebert serves as Director of the MERIT Program. She received her PhD in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College in 1993. Her postdoctoral training, as well as her first academic appointment as Instructor of Medicine, occurred at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Schwiebert became an Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at UAB in 1997 and Associate Professor with tenure in 2003; she was promoted to Professor of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology in 2013. Dr. Schwiebert served as the Director of the Cellular and Molecular Physiology Graduate Program from 1998 to 2007 and was instrumental in the development of the UAB Integrated Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and the UAB MBA for Scientists Program. Currently, Dr. Schwiebert serves as the Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs at UAB. Under her leadership, UAB has ranked in the top 10 academic institutions of the ‘Best Places to Work for Postdocs’ since 2010 according to the Postdocs Rankings published by The Scientist; in 2013, the final year of the survey, UAB ranked first among all universities nationwide.
Dr. Kellie Carter

Dr. Kellie Carter

Dr. Kellie Carter serves as the Co-Director for Teaching Instruction. Dr. Carter received her PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama in 2012. Dr. Carter has served as the program coordinator for the Graduate Student Research Days competition and Doctoral Hooding and Commencement Ceremonies. Currently, Dr. Carter serves as the Director of Educational Services and the Professional Development Program in the UAB Graduate School. She is the UAB Administrative Co-Leader for the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL@UAB). Her research focuses on the mentee’s level of preparedness for the doctoral student-faculty member’s mentoring relationship.
Dr. Mary Krotzer

Dr. Mary Krotzer

Dr. Mary Krotzer serves as the Co-Director for Institutional Liaison at Stillman College. Dr. Krotzer holds a BS in Biology from Samford University, a MS in Biology from Samford University, and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Tennessee. Her career as an educator has included three years of service as an instructor of biology at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, AL and seventeen years of service at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL. At Stillman, she has served as an Assistant Professor of Biology and as Associate Professor and Chair of Natural Sciences for seven years; currently, she serves as the Dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Kenneth LaiHing

Dr. Kenneth LaiHing

Dr. Kenneth LaiHing serves as the Co-Director for Institutional Liaison at Oakwood University. Dr. LaiHing earned his BS in Chemistry at City University of New York, a MS in Chemistry from Long Island University, and his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Georgia. He currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Chemistry Department; he has been at Oakwood University since 1982.
Dr. Farah Lubin

Dr. Farah Lubin

Dr. Farah Lubin has served as Co-Director for Research Training since Spring 2017. Dr. Lubin received her undergraduate degree from Alabama State University and her Ph.D. in Cell/Molecular Biology and Immunology from Binghamton University. Dr. Lubin completed two postdoctoral fellowships in Molecular Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and in the Department of Neurobiology at UAB. At UAB, Dr. Lubin is an Associate Professor of Neurobiology; Director of the NINDS-funded Neuroscience Roadmap Scholar Program; Associate Scientist in the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging; Associate Scientist in the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center; and MERIT Research Mentor. Her research focuses on investigating the molecular and genetic basis of learning, memory and its disorders.
Dr. Scott Snyder

Dr. Scott Snyder

Dr. Scott Snyder serves as Evaluator of the MERIT Program. Dr. Snyder received his PhD in Child Development from Purdue University in 1985. Dr. Snyder was appointed Assistant Professor of educational measurement and research in the School of Education at UAB; he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1994. In 2000, Dr. Snyder was appointed Director of the UAB Center for Educational Accountability (CEA), which promotes the improvement of educational outcomes of students, schools, and agencies through responsive and valid data based decisions focused on reform. He previously served as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education for the UAB School of Education, Interim Associate Dean for Research for the College of Arts and Sciences at UAB and Interim Director of the Ethics Center at UAB.
Dr. Tracey Wilson

Dr. Tracey Wilson

Dr. Tracey Wilson will serve as the Co-Director for Institutional Liaison at Lawson State starting Fall 2017. Dr. Wilson holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Fisk University and a PhD in Physiology from Meharry Medical College; she completed her postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Wilson began her tenure at Lawson State in 2000 and currently serves as Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences. In this role, Dr. Wilson is directly responsible for ensuring the success and overall quality and delivery of the departmental curriculum, which leads to associate degrees in several biology-related areas, including but not limited to general biology, biology education, biomedical engineering, and biomedical science. In addition, Dr. Wilson serves as the principal investigator on a NASA Science and Engineering Grant and co-PI on an NIGMS-funded R25 Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program; both of these funding mechanisms focus on STEM education for underrepresented groups.