UnlapTino       Tino Unlap, Ph.D.
Interim Program Director, Associate Professor
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 476
Birmingham, AL  35294                                                              
  Dr. Unlap received his PhD in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Kansas State University followed by postdoctoral trainings in Hematology/Oncology and Behavioral Neurobiology at the UAB Cancer Center and Behavioral Neurobiology where he studied the roles that immediate early genes play in the pathogenesis of malignancy and neuronal degeneration. From 2000-2007 he was a faculty member in the Division of Nephrology but left for a faculty appointment at the Tulane School of Medicine. Dr. Unlap returned to UAB in the spring of 2008 to help start the biotech program where he now serves as a faculty member.

Since 1995 Dr. Unlap has mentored over 200 postdocs, graduate, undergraduate and high school students and represent Science and Technology Honors, Experiential Learning Scholars, Early Medical School Acceptance, Biology Honors, Chemistry Honors, Summer In Biomedical Sciences, NIH/Drew University Summer Research, Louis-Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Project SEED, MHRC Summer Interns and the UAB Community Outreach Development (CORD) Summer Research Programs. His research interests include cancer and Parkinson’s disease drug discovery, wound healing, the genetic basis of salt sensitive hypertension and Latent TB detection and eradication.
      Garner Joe1       Joseph Garner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 469
Birmingham, AL  35294                                                           
  Dr. Garner is an Assistant Professor in the UAB CLS-Biotechnology Program. In addition, Dr. Garner is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Soluble Therapeutics, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Garner has over 14 years of experience in the biotechnology industry and has served as a top executive for three other biotechnology companies during that time.

Dr. Garner was trained and received his Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and studied at Center of Marine Biotechnology (a University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute research center). Prior to entering the University of Maryland, Dr. Garner received his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama in Biology and Marine Biology and was a member of the 1992 National Championship football team.

Courses taught:
  • Applied Biotechnology I
  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Applied Biotechnology II
  • Protein Chemistry
          NugentKathy       Kathy Nugent, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    1705 University Blvd.
    SHPB 478
    Birmingham, AL  35294
      Dr. Kathy Nugent is a Senior biotechnology executive with over 20 years of healthcare industry experience. Dr.
    Nugent specializes in providing senior counsel to companies focused on pharmaceutical discovery and development.
    Specifically, she provides strategic guidance in the areas of financial, scientific and regulatory communications,
    product launches and crisis management.

    Dr. Nugent also serves as the current President of the Biotechnology Association of Alabama. In this role, Dr. Nugent
    interacts with state biotechnology companies, affiliated organizations, economic development allies, academia, and
    state government officials. Dr. Nugent was an adjunct professor at the City University of New York, Hunter College,
    Baruch College and Medgar Evers College.

    Dr. Nugent earned her Ph.D. in biopsychology at the City University of New York and completed a post-doctoral
    fellowship in Pharmacology at the Weill-Cornell Medical College.