American Physician Scientist 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:

a. Acquire a better understanding of medical research and related principles.
b. Acquaint members with persons and associations involved with medical science and/or clinical research at local, national, and international levels.
c. Develop professional skills in order to assess and meet patient needs on an individual basis.
d. Extend service to UASOM by developing and organizing programs of interest to the student body and the faculty.
e. Sponsor, promote, and encourage educational programs dealing with medical research and associated fields.
f. Advance the knowledge and understanding of medical science and clinical research.
g. 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!

Leadership

  • President

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    Sierra Hansen

    Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

    Undergrad: University of Nebraska

    Research Focus: Neonatal Microbiome & Mucosal Immunology

  • Vice President

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    Andee Beierle

    Undergrad: Iowa State University

    Research Focus: Neuroengineering

  • Treasurer

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    Hasan Alrefai

    Hasan Alrefai is an MD/PhD student working in the lab of Dr. Christopher Willey. His research focuses on in-vitro modeling of tumor-associated macrophages in primary and recurrent models of Glioblastoma. He enjoys bouldering and cooking in his free time.

  • Secretary

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    Daniel Minassian

     

     

     

  • Events Chair/MS-2 Representative

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    Halle Thannickal

    Undergraduate: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology & Gender and Health, University of Michigan

     

  • Outreach Co-Chair

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    Ian Miranda

     

  • Outreach Co-Chair

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    Kate Smith

  • Social Media Chair

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    Rishi Devulapalli

    Home: Ashburn, VA

    College: Virginia Tech

    Major: Clinical Neuroscience (Bachelor of Science)

    Research focus: Neuroepigenetics, Cancer Biology

  • MS-1 Representative

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    Josiah Perry

    Josiah is from Gadsden, Alabama. He went to undergrad at South Alabama, double majoring in Philosophy and Biomedical Science. In his free time, he is a language learning enthusiast.

  • Undergraduate Liaison

    Janna Ren