Alumni Spotlight


Christine Sestero, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology

Career background 

Dr. Christine Sestero received her B.S. in Biology from The College of Idaho in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Microbiology at Idaho State University in 2006. Following the receipt of her degree, Dr. Sestero began her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Chander Raman, Professor of Medicine at UAB, examining the role of T cell activation in the pathogenesis of autoimmune disease. In 2009, Dr. Sestero joined the MERIT Program with Dr. Rosianna Gray, Professor and Chair of Natural Sciences at Stillman College, serving as her MERIT Teaching Mentor. As a MERIT Scholar, Dr. Sestero’s research has culminated in four original manuscripts either in press or submitted for publication. At Stillman College, she provided guest lectures and tutored undergraduates in several biology courses; she also developed and conducted a new, advanced immunology course.

Dr. Sestero completed her MERIT Program training in August, 2012 and accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Biology at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL. The University of Montevallo is one of only 26 public liberal arts universities in the US. It has emerged as a national leader in liberal arts education and has been recognized in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges.

UAB News

  • A 2010 study by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that among a group of more than 100 premenopausal women, fat was significantly reduced in those who consumed the most calcium-rich foods.

  • According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a normal-weight person aged 45 and more getting less thsn six hours of sleep is at a higher risk of suffering from stroke and even developing type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

UAB Research News

  • New drugs to slow or even prevent Parkinson’s could be in human studies as early as 2015.Written by Matt Windsor An enzyme closely associated with genetic forms of Parkinson’s disease appears to play a larger role in its progression than previously thought, say investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The new research offers encouraging evidence that drugs to block this enzyme, known as leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 or LRRK2, could slow — or even...

  • UAB School of Nursing's federally funded study shows both the patient and caregiver benefit from early palliative care.The earlier a specific phone-based, palliative care support program can be introduced to caregivers, the better they will be able to cope with the caregiving experience, according to research conducted by University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing investigators. The patient outcomes from the study, known as ENABLE III, were presented June 3 at the American Society of...