Short Biographies

Research Administration About Short Biographies

Short Biographies

To view brief biographies of the directors of the various research administration offices, click on the office abbreviation to the right.

  • Lauretta W. Gerrity, DVM
    Senior Associate Vice President – Research Administration

    Dr. Gerrity received her DVM summa cum laude from Texas A&M University.  She is a Professor in the Department of Genetics and the Senior Associate Vice President – Research Administration at UAB.  She was previously the Director of the Animal Resources Program at UAB.  She was a Founding Fellow and a Diplomate of the American College of Medical Genetics.  She is also a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.  During over 25 years in laboratory animal care and management, Dr. Gerrity has served on many committees in national, state, and local laboratory animal associations and organizations, and she continues to serve as an Emeritus member of the Council on Accreditation of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International.  Her current responsibilities encompass a wide range of operational issues within UAB’s research administration, including the implementation of an electronic forms and routing program to facilitate grant application submissions and development of a comprehensive, web-based training program to ensure regulatory compliance.

  • Kent Keyser, PhD
    Assistant Vice President for Research

    ​Dr. Keyser earned his BA from Oberlin College, and PhD from Stony Brook University. Subsequently, he was a Staff Fellow at the National Institutes of Health for two years before returning to Stony Brook. He then moved to the University of California San Diego where he moved up through the ranks to become an Associate Research Neuroscientist before moving to the UAB School of Optometry in 1996.
    He founded and still directs the High Resolution Imaging Facility. He served as the Director of the University-Wide Vision Science Research Center from 1999-2012.  and was the recipient of the UAB President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Keyser was also named an Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Silver fellow in 2009.  He has served as Chair of the Research Advisory group, and the Council of Center Directors. He received the Sam Brown Bridge Builder Award in 2011, and was named University Professor in 2013.
    Dr. Keyser’s research and teaching activities have been funded by the NIH, NSF, and several private foundations. Dr. Keyser continues to be active in teaching and serves as a course director for 4 graduate and/or professional courses.
    Dr. Keyser was appointed as Assistant Vice President for Research in January 2013.  Among other responsibilities, he oversees programs to identify and promote applications to foundations, especially those requiring nomination by the institution.  He serves as liaison to the Council of Core Administrators and is assisting with a reevaluation of funding methods. He is also developing and promoting an alternative process for funding major research equipment maintenance and replacement.

  • Samuel C. Cartner, DVM, PhD
    Assistant Vice President for Animal Research Services and Director, Animal Resources Program

    ​Samuel C. Cartner, DVM, PhD is the Assistant Vice President for Animal Research Services and Director of the Animal Resources Program (ARP) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He received his DVM from Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine and PhD from UAB. He completed the laboratory animal training program at UAB and is a Diplomat of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM). Dr. Cartner has served in multiple roles with organizations that promote premium laboratory animal care including ACLAM, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Society for Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP), the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International and the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R).
    Dr. Cartner is a faculty member in the Department of Genetics. His research interest includes genetic susceptibility to infectious disease, and the development of animal models of human and animal disease. Recently Dr. Cartner has focused on investigations that lead to improvements of laboratory animal care and use.  His recent publication on the euthanasia of laboratory mice led to his participation on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 2011 Panel on Euthanasia.
    As the Director of the UAB ARP, Dr. Cartner and the ARP staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality laboratory animal care for the biomedical research community at UAB. The ARP cares for ~100,000 animals 365 day a year. Over 20,000 rodent cages and over 300 individually counted animals are housed in 15 different buildings with a total of 250,000 net square feet.
    With the support of the ARP, UAB is licensed as an animal research facility (64-R-0004) by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and has an Animal Welfare Assurance (A3255-01) on file with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW).  The animal care and use program at UAB has been accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International since 1971.

  • Jeffrey A. Engler, PhD
    Assistant Vice-President for Research

    ​Jeffrey A. Engler earned a B.S. chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin.  After completing postdoctoral studies at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Long Island, New York, Dr. Engler joined the faculty at UAB in 1982, and he is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. He was an Editor of the journal Gene from 1986 through 2008. His research has been supported by grants from the NIH, the U.S. Department of Education, the NSF, and the Council of Graduate Schools.  He joined the Graduate School as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in May, 2006 and was appointed Assistant Vice President for Research in October, 2012.

  • Carolyn Whitmire
    Director of the Research Implementation Program

    Carolyn received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Montevallo and her M.B.A from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Her UAB career began in 1990 and includes 12 years with UAB Hospital in the areas of Finance and the Cardiovascular Service Line.  She served as the Research Compliance Manager for the Research Compliance Office from April 2002 to December 2009.  In January 2010, she assumed her current position of Director, Research Implementation Program where she serves as the Functional Project Manager for implementation of the Integrated Research Administration Portal (IRAP).
    With over 21years experience in the academic healthcare setting, she has extensive knowledge of the administrative aspects of UAB’s clinical trial process, specifically those areas that involve research billing compliance and she continues to be involved in process improvement efforts for those areas.  During her tenure in the Research Compliance Office, she was instrumental in development and implementation of a Medicare Coverage Analysis process for clinical trials along with design and implementation of UAB’s Clinical Trial Billing Process.
    She has provided lectures on the topic of research billing compliance at Alabama chapter meetings of Healthcare Financial Management Association, Association of Clinical Research Professionals, Healthcare Compliance Officers of Alabama and the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). She also holds a Certification in Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC) from HCCA.