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crowder Assistant Professor
Research Areas: 
Neurodevelopment, Precision Medicine, Molecular Mechanisms of Rare disease, Axonal transport, Gene editing, Drug screening, Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE)



I work in the fields of genetics and neurobiology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). As an Assistant Professor in UAB's Department of Neurobiology I develop and teach courses in the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program and UAB School of Medicine. As a scientist at UAB's Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute, I collaborate with researchers and physicians to identify molecular mechanisms of disease, develop patient-guided animal models, and hypothesize treatment approaches for patients with unique genetic variants associated with rare-genetic disorders.

My goals in research are to use molecular, cellular, and pharmacological approaches to better understand cellular communication, development, and neurological signaling. I aim to understand how genetic mutations, environmental variables, and chemicals can induce or disrupt cellular signaling associated with development and differentiation. In order to study these topics, I have experience working with a multitude of biological organisms including bacteria, corals, sea anemones, and zebrafish.

My passion for teaching has provided me the opportunity to teach and develop multiple courses in the biological sciences, including human anatomy & physiology, neurobiology, cellular biology, molecular biology, and genetics. Through the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) I have earned certifications and expanded my knowledge of teaching practices and pedagogy.

I was raised in Birmingham, AL and my education and scientific pursuits have taken me all over the United States and abroad.


Graduate School
Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology / Animal Biology, Oregon State University 2016





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