Department of Biology

  • Transient and long-term disruption of gut microbes after antibiotics

    Antibiotic treatment can disrupt the gut microbiome at the strain level, with changes lasting as long as six months.

  • Four UAB women receive American Association of University Women fellowships and grant

    The American Association of University Women awarded four UAB women who are making a difference in the lives of other women and girls.

  • Live-streamed labs offer a glimpse into creative research

    Peek into graduate research laboratories through a Facebook live presentation of Discoveries Behind the Scenes every other Wednesday this fall.

  • Symposium focuses on integrating aging research into clinical practice

    NIH aging researcher set to speak on expanding aging research to clinical practice.

  • Animal-assisted therapy aids in spinal cord injury recovery

    A team of UAB researchers found even a small influence from AAT dogs is meaningful and valuable to someone after a life-changing spinal cord injury.

  • Lecture series bring CAS faculty research into the spotlight

    The monthly Haddin Forum provides a venue for arts and sciences faculty a venue to talk about their research.

  • Incorporating climate change in the classroom provides hope for the future of our planet

    Learning the effects of climate change through science and language can help students understand their role in the environment.

  • UAB interns are performing real work with real-world results

    Working in the learning place: Campus internships build student resumes and demonstrate they can succeed in the workplace while advancing UAB’s strategic goals.

  • 6 faculty offer high praise for CTL’s new certificate program

    The first to earn platinum status from the Center for Teaching and Learning share how not to be boring, why observations are good and other lessons from the heart.

  • Morris named recipient of Simons Foundation research grant

    A UAB biology professor has received a grant from the Simons Foundation to research ocean microbes.

  • Ticks talk and other mysteries revealed in this biology class

    Undergrads in Heather Patterson’s Tick Explorations course get a little grossed out — but they also get hands-on lessons in genetic analysis, field identification and “real science” that stick with them long afterward.

  • Mukhtar receives presidential award for scientists and engineers

    Karolina Mukhtar will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., with the 2019 PECASE award, a prestigious award for leadership in science and technology.

  • Biga to advise chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture

    UAB assistant professor lands fellowship that allows her to provide expert advice on police in regard to science and technology relating to agriculture in the United States.

  • 12 honored for excellence in teaching

    Twelve faculty have been selected to receive the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, which honors those who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in teaching. The 2019 honorees represent each school, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Honors College and The Graduate School.

  • Climate change is killing our coastal Gulf fisheries

    Jim McClintock, Ph.D., shares insight on how changes in Antarctica are affecting Alabama and other southern states.

  • Alumni Spotlight: Eric Meyer, Owner and Founder of Cahaba Brewing

    Cahaba Brewing is one of the most popular and successful breweries in Birmingham. “When I began brewing, I started looking at what the science of brewing is,” says Eric. “A lot of people relate brewing beer more to cooking than anything else, but there’s so much more to it.

    by Morgan Burke

    In 1996, Huntsville-native Eric Meyer arrived at UAB with his sights set on a career in medicine. Like any good pre-health track student would do, he registered as a biology major and started on the path to medical school. In the Biology Department, he was introduced to professors who broadened his experiences and introduced him to new ways of thinking. Dr. Dan Jones and Dr. Ken Marion shared their love of botany and wildlife with Eric and included him in field research studies.

    “As a young person, you just have to hold on and be ready to grab hold of small bits of what Dr. Marion has to offer,” Eric says.

    Photo credit: Cary Norton.By his junior year, Eric had a change of heart. Over the past two years, he had fostered his passion for the environment, botany, and natural sciences and had developed a curiosity in geographic information systems (GIS). With dwindling interest in medical school, Eric worked with his academic advisor to create an Individually Designed major with a minor in Biology. This new course of study landed him an internship with the Jefferson County Storm Water Management Authority canoeing and hiking the Cahaba River while mapping the entire river with GPS. Eric graduated in 2001 and continued his GIS work with Jefferson County while completing Emergency Medical Technician classes at UAB to be a firefighter. For the past 16 years, Eric has worked as a full-time firefighter in the city of Mountain Brook.

    When he wasn’t at the firehouse, Eric spent his downtime experimenting with home beer brewing. After years of refining his craft, he and a group of friends devised a plan to open a brewery. In 2011, Cahaba Brewing Company was born. Eight years in, and Cahaba Brewing is one of the most popular and successful breweries in Birmingham. At Cahaba, Eric is able to put his scientific background to good use.

    “When I began brewing, I started looking at what the science of brewing is,” says Eric. “A lot of people relate brewing beer more to cooking than anything else, but there’s so much more to it. Any little change [in ingredients or process] can alter the beer’s flavor and appearance.”

    He relies on research methods honed during his years at UAB to improve upon the production process and create a clean and consistent product.

    Though Eric’s two full-time jobs and family life keep him busy, he has continued to stay active in the UAB community. Over the past couple of years, he has collaborated on beer-related grant proposals and research with Dr. Jeff Morris, Microbiologist and Assistant Professor of Biology, and Elliott Greene, a recent graduate of the Department of Biology. Elliott now works in Cahaba’s lab running tests on beer to search for wild yeast and bacteria that can harm their product.

    In 2015, Eric was recognized by the UAB National Alumni Society as a member of the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 class. In 2017, he was honored with the College of Arts and Sciences’ (CAS) Distinguished Young Alumni Award, and he is a current member of the UAB CAS Alumni Board. Eric also regularly provides a lending ear and mentorship to UAB undergraduate students aspiring to be entrepreneurs and scientists.

    In addition to supporting UAB, Eric supports the greater Birmingham community by donating a portion of Cahaba’s proceeds to local charities and organizations during their ‘Goodwill Wednesdays’ and other special events. Eric appreciates the support and foundation he received as a UAB undergraduate student, and now he’s doing his part to pay it forward and help his community.

  • Employees create sustainability network across campus

    Peggy Biga and Shantay Williams, two of more than 70 Sustainability Ambassadors, channel their passion for green practices into positive change within their units.

  • Teaching science fundamentals while having summer fun

    These three activities will get children thinking about science and math while having fun.

  • Spaying and neutering dogs can help them live longer

    Spaying and neutering dogs can increase health and lifespan.

  • Biology spends service day at community food bank

    The UAB Reporter wants to know how people in your unit volunteer. Submit a publicity request with the details and a group selfie for a chance to be featured. Find volunteer opportunities on BlazerPulse.