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American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) - University of Alabama at Birmingham Chapter


Mission Statement

This APSA Chapter has been established for the purpose of promoting medical research and its principals, assisting aspiring physician-scientists in furthering their careers, and providing educational opportunities to both our institutional and local community. More specifically, the APSA Chapter will allow UASOM students to:

  1. Acquire a better understanding of medical research and related principles.
  2. Acquaint members with persons and associations involved with medical science and/or clinical research at local, national, and international levels.
  3. Develop professional skills in order to assess and meet patient needs on an individual basis.
  4. Extend service to UASOM by developing and organizing programs of interest to the student body and the faculty.
  5. Sponsor, promote, and encourage educational programs dealing with medical research and associated fields.
  6. Advance the knowledge and understanding of medical science and clinical research.
  7. Develop collegial interactions between aspiring physician-scientists enrolled in the UASOM and the UAB Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).


UAB APSA Initiatives

Join our email list or follow us on Twitter or Instagram to hear about upcoming events and opportunities! 


Birmingham Youth YMCA Partnership

We proudly engage in community science outreach with the Birmingham Youth YMCA as we guide young students through fun science experiments. 


Social Hours with UASOM Faculty

Join us on select weekdays to network with faculty involved in basic, translational, and clinical research in an informal setting. Enjoy a free beverage and giveaways as you meet potential research mentors and other medical students interested in pursuing research. 


Lunchtime Seminars

Hear about exciting research performed by our faculty, learn how to craft a science-oriented CV, and more during our lunchtime seminars! 


Upcoming Events

Check out our Twitter or Instagram page (uabsom_apsa) to find out about our upcoming events!




  • President

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    Andee Beierle

    Undergrad: Iowa State University

    Research Focus: Neuroengineering

  • Vice President

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    Ian Miranda

    Undergrad: Brooklyn College

    Research Focus: Neuroengineering

  • Treasurer

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    Josiah Perry

    Undergrad: University of South Alabama

    Research Focus: Neuroimaging, neuroscience, learning, and memory 

  • Secretary

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    Daniel Minassian

    Undergrad: UCLA

    Research Focus: Cardiovascular sequelae of pneumonia 



  • Clinical Research Chair

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    Halle Thannickal

    Undergrad: University of Michigan

    Research Interests: Med-Onc, Clinical Trials & Design, Personalizing Care, Shared Decision-Making, Healthcare Value

  • Events Chair


    Claire Peterson

    Undergrad: Northeastern University

    Research focus: Neurodegeneration

  • Outreach Co-Chair

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    Zoe Fokakis

    Undergrad: Mississippi State University

    Research focus: Optogenetics, Parkinson's Disease


  • Outreach Co-Chair

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    Kate Smith

    Undergrad: University of Michigan- Ann Arbor

    Research focus: Neuroimmunology, host-pathogen interactions

  • Social Media Chair

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    Rishi Devulapalli

    Undergrad: Virginia Tech

    Research focus: Neuroepigenetics, Cancer Biology

  • MS1 Representative

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    Charis Hodges

    Undergrad: Auburn University

    Research focus: Public health, Infectious diseases, and Epidemiology