About Us

Undergraduate Research Association



The mission statement of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Undergraduate Research Association is to promote the community of undergraduate researchers through the provision of publications, presentations, research opportunities, and fellowship amongst the undergraduate researcher body.

The Undergraduate Research Association (URA) was founded in 2012 and is composed of three sections:  Inquiro Editorial Board, Expo Council, and Research Ambassadors. Inquiro is a peer reviewed undergraduate research journal that features UAB student and faculty success in research, the Expo is a biannual poster/oral presentation competition, and the Research Ambassadors is a collection of undergraduate researchers who act as representatives of undergraduate research in their fields of interest. The URA is maintained and coordinated by the Board of Directors.

   

Inquiro               Research Ambassadors               Expo         
     

Undergraduate Research Association 
Board of Directors 


 

Zac_IngramZachariah Ingram

URA Board of Directors, Co-Chair

Expo Council Director

zingram@uab.edu

Zac is a senior pursuing a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Chemistry.  He is a member of the Science and Technology Honors Program and represents the STH program in the Honors College Student Executive Council. Zac is also a Director-Emeritus of the UAB EXPO which hosts undergraduate student researchers across campus. He is Co-Creator of the Alabama Undergraduate Research Competition which takes place at the annual Alabama Academy of Sciences Conference. He has worked in the Bio-Physical Chemistry Lab of Dr. Aaron Lucius for 3 years and is studying the activities of the ATPase domains of the molecular chaperone ClpA. Zac plans to enter graduate school in the fall of 2015.


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Miranda Collier

URA Board of Directors, Co-Chair

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Inquiro

 mirandac@uab.edu

 Miranda is a senior pursuing a B.S. in Biochemistry with minors in Mathematics and Biology. She is in the University Honors Program and is a Teaching Assistant and Chemistry Scholar. She is Co-Editor of Inquiro, UAB’s annual journal for undergraduate scientific research. Miranda studies lens proteins using zebrafish as a model in the lab of Professor Stephen Barnes in the UAB Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Last summer she studied abroad at the University of Oxford, where she investigated the dynamics of the protein alphaB-crystallin using Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry. Miranda plans to enter graduate school in the fall of 2014.



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Roxie Lockhart

URA Board of Directors, Director of Programming

Inquiro Editorial Board

 roxiel@uab.edu

Roxanne Lockhart is a junior with a major in Molecular Biology. She is also a member of the University Honors Program and Biology Scholars Fellowship Program. She is a member on the editorial board of Inquiro, UAB's undergraduate research journal. She is a Beckman Scholar and is currently conducting her research with Dr. Farah Lubin. Roxanne is studying the effect of protein glycosylation after traumatic brain injury and epilepsy. After graduating UAB she plans to enroll in a Medical Scientist Training Program and receive an MD/PhD degree.


IMG 7570Kenneth Gray

URA Board of Directors, Director of Communications

Health Science Research Ambassador

 gkgray@uab.edu

Kenneth is a senior majoring in Molecular Biology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish.  He is a member of the Science and Technology Honors Program and a representative of that program on the Honors College Student Executive Council.  He is also earning his MS in Biology through the Fifth Year MS in Biology program and will additionally earn graduate certificates in Global Health Studies and Translational and Molecular Science.  Kenneth has worked in the lab of Dr. Etty (Tika) Benveniste, chair of the Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology, for two years.  His research previously focused on JAK/STAT3 and NF-κB signaling in glioblastoma but is now related to CK2 signaling in breast cancer.  This past summer, he interned at the National Institutes of Health, where he studied TLR signaling in macrophages.  Kenneth plans to enroll in a PhD program in Cancer Biology in fall 2014.




IMG 7503Bliss Chang

URA Board of Directors, Director of Research Ambassador

Engineering  Research Ambassador

 bcranger@uab.edu

Bliss is a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in both Biomedical Engineering and Biology with a minor in Chemistry; in addition, he plans to complete a Masters in Biology under the 5th Year Master’s Program in four years. He is a member of the Science and Technology Honors Program and a Supplemental Instruction Leader and Laboratory Teaching Assistant for General Chemistry. As an undergraduate researcher in the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Sztul in the Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology, Bliss is working on characterizing the structure-function relationship of proteins at the center of vesicular trafficking, the process that ensures the proper delivery of all molecules essential to life.


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 Jacinta Cai

URA Board of Directors, Director of Communications and Webmaster

Expo Committee, Computer & Information Sciences Research Ambassador

 Jacinta@uab.edu

Jacinta is a sophomore pursing a B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) with a minor in Mathematics. She is a member of the Science and Technology Honors Program and is a CIS Lab Assistant. Jacinta is also an Associate Director of UAB EXPO which hosts student researchers across campus. Currently, she is a research ambassador for CIS, which interacts with undergraduate students in order to find an appropriate research lab for the individual. Furthermore, Jacinta is researching in the computer forensics lab, as a phish analyst, and Security and Privacy in Emerging Computing and Networking Systems (SPIES), as an undergraduate researcher.


IMG 7511Hylton Molzof

URA Board of Directors, Director of Finances and Records

Expo committee, Psychology Research Ambassador

hmolzof@uab.edu

Hylton is a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biology. She is a member of the Science and Technology Honors Program as well as an Associate Director of the UAB Undergraduate EXPO. Hylton is very involved in the Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology lab of Dr. Karen Gamble, which specializes in the investigation of the molecular basis and function of circadian rhythms; she is currently investigating the comparative effects of melatonin on circadian phase and neuronal spike rate in wild-type and GIRK II knock-out mice. Hylton plans to enroll in a graduate clinical psychology program in the fall of 2015.


chapinChapin Cavender

URA Board of Directors, Director of Fundraising

Inquiro Editorial Board

 chapinc@uab.edu

Chapin Cavender is a sophomore and is pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with minors in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. Chapin is also a member of the University Honors Program, the Undergraduate Student Government Association, and the Inquiro Editorial Board. He has been working for Dr. Molly Bray in the Department of Epidemiology at UAB since August 2011 on the TIGER study, which examines the influence of genetics on response to an exercise protocol. He plans to participate in an MD/PhD program beginning in the fall of 2015.