Welcome to the Department of Neurobiology
Follow the links to learn about our faculty, research, and academic programs. Our faculty are involved in a wide range of research programs in the neurosciences and the department serves as the home of the Evelyn F. McKnight UAB Brain Institute. For more information about the department's history and facilities, please click here. Prospective students should follow the link to the graduate program.
Cristin Gavin Wins NACADA Award
NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising
Cristin Gavin at University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been selected as an Outstanding New Advisor Award Winner in the Faculty Academic Advising category from the NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising as part of the 2016 Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising.
This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students and who have served as an advisor for a period of three (3) or fewer years. The Faculty Academic Advising category includes those individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and who spend a portion of their time providing academic advising services to students.
Since 1983, NACADA has honored individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. The goal of NACADA is to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA’s membership has grown to over 10,000 faculty, professional advisors, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students. In addition, NACADA is the representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.
Cristin Gavin will be honored and presented with this award in Atlanta, GA during the NACADA Annual Conference this fall.
For more information about the Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising, visit the NACADA web page at http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Events-Programs/Awards.aspx Or Contact: Farrah Turner, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising 785-532-5717, fax 785-532-7732, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hablitz Named Interim ChairBy Kendra Carter
John J. Hablitz, longtime professor in the UAB School of Medicine, has been named interim chair of the Department of Neurobiology.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as interim chair for the outstanding members of the Neurobiology Department,” Hablitz said.
J. David Sweatt, Ph.D., who has served as Neurobiology department chair the past 10 years, will leave UAB to chair the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University. Hablitz previously served as interim department chair before Sweatt joined UAB in early 2006. The search for a permanent chair will begin this fall.
“Dr. Hablitz brings a wealth of experience to this interim role, based on his more than 25 years here at UAB,” said Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., senior vice president for Medicine and dean of the UAB School of Medicine.
Hablitz is a highly regarded scientist in the cellular neurophysiology of epilepsy and synaptic plasticity. His lab uses studies on synaptic transmissions to further understand basic biophysical properties of mammalian central neurons and to explore the pathophysiology of experimental epilepsy.
Hablitz came to UAB in 1989 as a professor of Physiology and Biophysics, and has been a professor and vice chair in the Department of Neurobiology since the department was founded in 1996. He holds additional secondary appointments in the Departments Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology and Psychology, as well as roles in the UAB Civitan International Research Center, General Clinical Research Center and the Center for Glial Biology in Medicine.
He earned his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1968 and his masters (1970) and doctorate (1972) degrees in psychology from the University of Houston before completing postdoctoral training in neurophysiology at the Baylor College of Medicine. He joined the faculty at Baylor in 1974, where he stayed until joining UAB in 1989.