Stephen Barnes, PhD Stephen Barnes, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
Director, UAB Center for Nutrient-Gene Interaction
Associate Director, Purdue-UAB Botanicals Centers for Age-Related Disease
Director, Mass Spectrometry Shared Facility, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Senior Scientist, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Tel: 205-934-7117
Former Graduate Students
  • Anning Lin, PhD (1990) - "Human platelet inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate 3-kinase: Purification, characterization and regulation." After postdoctoral fellowship training in Dr. Michael Karin's lab in the Department of Pharmacology at UCSD, he returned to UAB as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Molecular Pathology in the Department of Pathology. He subsequently moved to the Ben May Cancer Center at the University of Chicago in 1998 and in 2006 was promoted to Full Professor. He is also Director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Biochemistry and Cell Biology Institute, Shanghai, China.

  • Teresa Wilborn, PharmD, PhD (1992) - "Cloning and characterization of a cDNA encoding the phenol sulfating form of human phenol sulfotransferase." She is currently Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

  • T. Greg Peterson, PhD, JD (1995) - "Genistein and breast cancer: biochemical rationale for its preventive as opposed to its therapeutic role." He graduated from the Law School at the University of Virginia in 1999 and is a patent attorney at a Birmingham-based law firm.

  • James Wheeler, PhD (1997) -"Purification and characterization of rat liver bile acid Coenzyme A ligase." He did a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Gungerich’s lab at Vanderbilt University and was a recipient of a NRSA fellowship. He currently works for Alcon Labs in Fort Worth, TX.

  • Jeff Sfakianos, PhD (1998) – Jeff did work on the absorption and metabolism of 14C-labeled genistein in bile duct cannulated rat models as an undergraduate. The resulting publication was a highly rated paper n the Journal of Nutrition. He did his graduate research in the laboratory of Eric Hunter, PhD, the discoverer of the simian AIDS virus. His postdoctoral work was in laboratory of Ira Mellman, PhD at Yale University. He moved to Genentech with Dr. Mellman in 2006. In 2011, he left Genentech to form Bibe Inc., a biotechnology company.

  • Brenda Boersma, PhD (2002) - "Interactions between isoflavones and proinflammatory oxidants." - currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Epidemiology, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

  • Mindan Sfakianos, PhD (2003) -"Mutation of critical residues of bile acid CoA:amino acid N-acyltransferase." - She did a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biology, Yale University, New Haven CT. She currently works at Pharmacyclics in Sunnyvale, CA.

  • Amanda Isom, PhD (posthumous in 2005) - (posthumous in 2005) - "Mass spectrometry of protein-lipid aldehyde adducts" (Amanda was killed in road accident in April, 2005)

  • Erin Shonsey, PhD (2008) -"Structural and functional studies of human bile acid CoA:amino acid N-acyltransferase (hBAT)". She is an Assistant Professor of Forensic Science at the University of Tampa.

  • Tracy Lyn D'Alessandro (2008) - "Pharmacology of chlorinated isoflavones" She currently works at Alabama Department of Forensic Science

  • David R Stella (2010) - "Lens Cataract: Biochemical Analysis of the Alpha Crystallins" He worked at the Alabama Department of Forensic Science from 2010-2013.

  • Kyle A Floyd (2012) Master's Degree - "Lens crystallins in the rat by imaging mass spectrometry" He is a PhD student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

  • Miranda Collier (2011-2014) - As an undergraduate in the Honors Program/Chemistry, Miranda worked on the proteome and lipidome of zebrafish. In 2012 she spent the summer in the laboratory of Justin Benesch, PhD in the Department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Oxford. In 2013 she received the Barry Goldwater award for being one of the top national undergraduate students in STEM. In 2014 she started her graduate training at the University of Oxford in Dr. Benesch’s lab, receiving the Clarendon Fellowship, a prestigious award that is only given to the top 3% of graduate students at Oxford.
Former Lab Member
  • Antonio Piras - (2007-2009) Visiting Scientist
  • Elizabeth A Gulsby - Lab Technician
  • Tyler Stewart - 1st year Graduate Student
  • Adrienne Davis - Honors student – studying the molecular forms of bile acid CoA:amino acid N-acyltransferase in the rat
  • Mason W. Harris - Research Technician