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

  • "We have a broader array of workers than you'd see in other cities, from hourly employees in mining and manufacturing to CEOs of biotech firms," says Jack Howard, Ph.D., associate dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Collat School of Business. "It's a laid-back culture, but there's a very strong work ethic."

  • There are a lot of regimens being tried in transplant, and most include calcineurin inhibitors that have significant toxicity," Anupam Agarwal, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told MedPage Today. "Hence, if one could safely reduce the dose of the calcineurin inhibitor and still benefit from its immunosuppressive properties, it would be huge advance."

UAB Research News

  • Shirey, who will be inducted in September, is nationally recognized for her innovative integration of teaching and learning strategies.Maria R. Shirey, Ph.D., professor and assistant dean for Clinical Affairs and Partnerships in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has been selected for induction as a fellow into the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education. Shirey is nationally recognized for her innovative integration of teaching and learning strategies using research, evidence-based practice...

  • The Quad Rider makes it easy to shift gears and brake, enabling people with poor grip-control to safely cycle.The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Lakeshore Foundation are partnering with InvoTek, Inc., to create a gear and braking device that helps people with disabilities who have limited or no use of their hands operate a handcycle safely. InvoTek, a research and development company in Alma, Arkansas, has received a $175,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation...