Neuroscience Ambassadors are outstanding Neuroscience Majors who demonstrate dedication to academic excellence, ongoing professional development, and community leadership. We are proud to have them represent our program.

Rising Juniors are encouraged to apply for UAB Neuroscience Ambassador positions. Interested students should contact Dr. Cristin Gavin at for more information.

Ala'a Abu-Spetani
Ala'a Abu-Spetani I am a junior in the University Honors Program. After graduation, I plan on attending medical school to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a physician. I have an unhealthy obsession with babies and kittens, and in my spare time, I enjoy reading, knitting, crocheting, and cooking.

Samantha Thompson
Samantha Thompson Samantha Thompson is a junior Neuroscience major with a chemistry minor. She works in Dr. Erik Roberson's lab studying Alhemizers disease. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school and continue research in neuro-degenerative diseases. Her senior year of high school, one of her neuroscience themed art pieces was showcased at the Birmingham Museum of Art for an entire summer.

Aaron Landis
Aaron Landis Aaron Landis is a junior in the University Honors Program conducting research in Dr. Sorge's lab. After graduating with a degree in neuroscience, he plans to attend medical school. In his spare time, Aaron likes to play tennis and speak in the third person.

Joshua Purvis
Joshua Purvis My name is Josh Purvis, and I’m a sophomore in the UNP. I currently work in Dr. Taub’s lab dealing with neuroimaging analysis of patients following constraint-induced (CI) therapy. My future plans are to attend graduate school and receive my Ph.D in behavioral neuroscience. A fun fact about me is that I have landed a hot air balloon in a trailer park while on vacation in Arizona.

Shannon Walker
Shannon WalkerMy name is Shannon Walker, and I am a University Honor's Program student majoring inneuroscience with minors in chemistry and social psychology. I work as a Research Assistant for UAB Hospital's emergency department, where I work alongside hospital staff and enroll trauma patients in a variety of clinical studies. I also work as a student lab researcher for UAB's Center for Clinical and Translational Science. My goals are to go to medical school and become a surgeon. I enjoy music, fashion, hiking, and fitness.

Remy Meir
Remy WeirRemy is a junior in the Honors College pursing a degree in neuroscience with minors in chemistry, public health, and math. After graduation, she plans to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. She currently works in Dr. Sorge's lab, which focuses on immune modulation of pain and addiction for comprehensive therapeutics. In her free time, Remy likes to unicycle and play with other people's pets.

Marie Michenkova
Marie MichenkovaMarie Michenkova is a junior in the Science and Technology Honors Program. She is currently working in a research study with Dr. Goodin and Dr. Bradley, where she examines the ethnic differences in pain among persons with knee osteoarthritis. She plans to pursue PhD/MD degree in Neuroscience/Anesthesiology. Marie is an international student from Czech republic, and wishes to travel around the world performing research and practicing medicine.

Niharika Loomba
Niharika LoombaNiharika is a junior in the Honors College majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry, Biology, and Psychology. She currently works under Dr. Kana as a Research Assistant in the Cognition, Brain, and Austim Laboratory. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and obtain a PhD in Neuroscience. In her free time, Niharika likes to go to the movies, spend time with friends, and tell cheesy science jokes that only she finds funny.