• Our research and training base is anchored within a dynamic interdisciplinary environment primarily drawn from four UAB Schools (Medicine, Public Health, Nursing and Health Professions) including 27 Primary Mentors and 34 Associate Mentors.
  • Our training capacity is enhanced by the unique University-wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers (UWIRCs) Program at UAB. 
  • UAB has a large research base available for training in HIV and NHLBI-targeted diseases.
  • Our K12 mentors have successfully competed for over $80 million (2018 direct costs) in peer-reviewed federal funding from NIH, CDC, AHRQ, CMS, and the VA.

    Below is a listing of mentors who are committed to this program. Other mentors who are not listed may also be considered. Let us know if you need help finding a mentor.

    View our mentor list or email Mary Thielen to request help to find a mentor.

K12 Mentors

Edward Acosta, PharmD

Professor and Director, Division of Clinical Pharmacology

Quantitative pharmacology, noncompartmental pharmacokinetic analyses, and pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and drug-disease models

Anupam Agarwal, MD


Regulation of hemeoxygenase gene expression in kidney and vascular disease

Namasivayam Ambalavanan, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics

Neonatal-perinatal medicine relevant to lung development and injury

Andre Ballesteros-Tato, PhD

Assistant Professor, Scientist, UAB Center for AIDS Research

Cellular interactions, environmental cues and molecular mechanisms that control the capacity of distinct populations of dendritic cells to regulate

Marcas Bamman, PhD

Medicine/Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology

Exercise rehabilitation/muscle biology /regenerative medicine

Susan Bellis, PhD

Professor, Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology

Role of sialylation in regulating integrin-mediated cell adhesion, motility and cell survival; development of biomimetic biomaterials for orthopedic applications

Suresh Boppana, MD

Professor, Pediatrics & Microbiology

Congenital cytomegalovirus infections

Thomas Buford, PhD

Associate Professor, Associate Director, UAB Center for Exercise Medicine

Preserving the health and independence of older adults through interdisciplinary research related to the prevention of age-related physical disability

David Calhoun, MD


Mechanisms of Resistant and Refractory Hypertension

April P. Carson, PhD

Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Social, behavioral, and clinical factors related to the occurrence of diabetes and CVD complications

Gary Cutter, PhD


Clinical trials, epidemiological studies, risk assessment, Developing alternative approaches to measuring outcome of studies

Victor Darley-Usmar, PhD

Professor, Department of Pathology

Failure of vasculature, production of free radicals and their interactions, molecular events controlling nitric oxide signaling pathways

Mark T. Dransfield, MD

Medicine/Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care

Clinical Trials, Epidemiology and outcomes of COPD

Lloyd J. Edwards, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics

Derivation of techniques for computation of power, control of type I error, and measuring model fit in linear and generalized linear mixed models

Mona N. Fouad, MD

Medicine/Preventive Medicine

Health Disparities

Amit Gaggar, MD, PhD

Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine

Proteases and neutrophilic airway inflammation, proteases and ion transportation, and the regulation of surfactant protein D by airway proteases

W. Timothy Garvey, MD

Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition Sciences, Senior Scientist, Nutrition Obesity Research Center

Molecular, metabolic, and genetic basis of type 2 diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance, and obesity

Paul G. Goepfert, MD


T cell immunology and vaccine design

Orlando M. GutiƩrrez, MD


Chronic kidney disease

Kirk M. Habegger, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology

Metabolism in diabetes and obesity, translational aspects of neuroendocrinology

Ganesh Halade, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Disease

Lipid remodeling and immune cell kinetics in acute and chronic heart failure pathology

Zdenek Hel, PhD


HIV pathogenesis

George Howard, DrPH

Professor, Department of Biostatistics

Analysis of CVD and cerebrovascular risk factors, development and application of statistical techniques in clinical trials and epidemiological studies

Virginia J. Howard, PhD

Professor, Department of Epidemiology

Stroke and health and geographic disparities

Edward W. Inscho, PhD

Professor, Division of Nephrology

Physiological mechanisms that underpin normal renal hemodynamics and how pathophysiological conditions negatively impact those mechanisms

Marguerite (Ryan) Irvin, PhD, MS


Genetic epidemiology

Pauline E. Jolly, PhD

Professor, Department of Epidemiology

Immunopathogenesis of HIV and lentiviruses in the area of immune responses to infection

Mirjam-Colette Kempf, PhD, MPH


Barriers to HIV testing and treatment among vulnerable populations

Robert P. Kimberly, MD

Medicine/Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology

Translational research in autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and the systemic vasculitides

Robin Gaines Lanzi, PhD

Professor, Department of Health Behavior, Co-Director, CFAR Behavioral and Community Sciences Core

Reducing family and child/adolescent health disparities, qualitative and mixed methods for assessing health related attitudes and behaviors

Emily B. Levitan, ScD


Cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment, cardiometabolic health among people living with HIV, epidemiologic and statistical methods relevant to HIV

Cora E. Lewis, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAHA


CVD epidemiology and prevention

Nita A. Limdi, Pharm D, PhD, MSPH, FAHA


Pharmacogenomics Coagulation Personalized Medicine Epidemiology

Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH

Medicine/Infectious Diseases

HIV/HIV Prevention

John D. Mountz, PhD, MD

Professor, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology

Dysregulation in apoptosis and the development of autoimmune diseases

Michael J. Mugavero, MD

Medicine/Infectious Diseases

HIV Treatment and Prevention Health Services and Outcomes Research

Paul Muntner, PhD


Cardiovascular disease prevention and outcomes

Christina Ochsenbauer, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology

Interaction of HIV-1 with cells of mucosal origins, development of novel robust tools to study HIV-1 infection and inhibition thereof

Suzanne Oparil, MD


Assessment of vascular function with various forms of vascular disease, including hypertension, diabetes, Atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease, chronic kidney disease, and HIV disease with associated premature vasculopathy

E. Turner Overton, MD

Medicine/Infectious Diseases

Metabolic complications of HIV

Sumanth D. Prabhu, MD


Heart failure

Rakesh Pravinchandra Patel, PhD

Professor, Interim Vice Chair, Department of Pathology

Mechanisms linking reactive species to inflammatory injury in different tissues

David Pollock, PhD

NRTC Endowed Professor and Director, Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine, Division of Nephrology

Chronic assessment of blood pressure, hemodynamics, and renal function in rodent models of hypertension and kidney disease

Jennifer Pollock, PhD


Role of nitric oxide in vascular and renal function

Sasanka Ramanadham, PhD

Professor, Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology

Heart, diabetes, and AIDS-related metabolic complications

James L. Raper, DSN, CRNP, JD

Professor, Medicine and Nursing, Division of Infectious Diseases

Improving access to care for HIV populations

Steve Rowe, MD, PhD

Professor of Pulmonary Medicine and Director, Cystic Fibrosis Research Center

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, translational research, clinical trials.

Kenneth G. Saag, MD, MSc

Medicine/Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology

Evidence implementation; real world clinical trials, Large databases

Michael S. Saag, MD

Medicine/Infectious Diseases

HIV Clinical Care, Treatment, HCV

Isabel Scarinci, PhD, MPH

Medicine/ Preventive Medicine

Application of behavioral science to public health by promoting behavior change at the population level

Palaniappan Sethu, PhD

Associate Professor, Div of Cardiology

Tissue engineering and fluid mechanics

James M. Shikany, DrPH

Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine

Diet and prevention of chronic disease including cancer and CVD

Sadeep Shrestha, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology

Epidemiology, infectogenomics, vaccinogenomics, pharmacogenetics, and immunogenetics and sequelae of HIV and immune-related complications

Chad Steele, PhD

Inaugural Endowed Professor, Lung Immunology

Lung immune responses during acute vs. chronic exposure to the opportunistic fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus

Janet M. Turan, PhD, MPH

Health Care Organization and Policy

Psychosocial Barriers to HIV Prevention and Treatment

C. Roger White, PhD

Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Disease

Characterize inflammatory mechanisms that contribute to cardiovascular injury under acute and chronic conditions

Craig M. Wilson, MD

Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Director, Sparkman Center for Global Health, SOPH

HIV prevention programs in sub-Saharan Africa and clinical and laboratory technical assistance to the UAB PEPFAR initiative in Zambia

Martin E. Young, DPhil

Medicine/ Cardiovascular Disease

Understanding how circadian clocks impact both cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology

Lufang Zhou, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Disease

Pathophysiology and therapeutics of oxidative stress related to diseases of mitochondrial origin