Staff Directory

David Schneider.

David Schneider, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Graduate Biomedical Sciences

Professor, Biochemistry


Phone: (205) 934-4781 or (205) 934-2845
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Jessica Watts, NCC

Jessica Watts, NCC

GBS Program Manager II

Phone: (205) 934-7034
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  • Manage and update GBS program policies, procedures, and regulations
  • Serve as office manager and supervise staff to optimize tasks and facilitate daily operations
  • Manage student progress across GBS themes
  • Administer comprehensive database of students
  • Serve as GBS curriculum manager
  • Maintain website content
  • Oversee campus-wide recruiting events
Lakesia Battle

Lakesia Battle

Human Resource & Finance Manager

Phone: (205) 934-7810
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  • HR, budget, finance oversight
  • Student on- and off-boarding
  • Leave of absence
  • Withdrawal & dismissal
  • Mentor selection
  • Tuition & stipend payment (e.g., fellowships, scholarships, & training grants)
  • Displaced students
  • HR budget & finance data management
Jacob Nance

Jacob Nance

Admissions, Events, & Communications Manager

Phone: (205) 934-3857
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  • Manage recruitment efforts and marketing strategies
  • Coordinate and assist with GBS events
  • Correspond with prospective students
  • Facilitate admissions and application process
  • Manage GBS email, social media, and newsletters
  • Develop and maintain connections with alumni
  • Partner with students affairs organizations across campus
Kari Jackson

Kari Jackson

Program Administrator

Phone: (205) 934-1033
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  • Manage student progress through rotations, committee formation and meetings, defenses, and application for degree.
  • Oversee the dissertation and defense process for graduating students
  • Serve as GBSO and theme meeting support liaison
  • Assist HR Manager with HR document processing & appointment letters
  • Assist with finance tasks: tuition payments, vendor payments, purchase order requisition input