The goal of the Training Program in Lung Biology and Translational Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is to provide multidisciplinary training in a stimulating and collaborative environment that nurtures the development of highly competent and innovative biomedical research scientists. The program supports 2-3 years of structured and rigorous research training for M.D. or Ph.D. postdoctoral fellows.  The multidisciplinary nature of the proposed training is fostered by the diversity of the thirty-six faculty mentors who hold primary appointments in nine UAB Departments.

The program faculty mentors are grouped into three thematic areas based on scientific expertise: immunology-microbiology, cell biology-tissue repair, and translational sciences. 

Thematic Group 1: Immunology-Biology
J. Edwin Blalock

J. Edwin Blalock

A. Brent Carter

A. Brent Carter

Jessy Deshane

Jessy Deshane

Steve Duncan

Steve Duncan

James George

James George

Kevin Harrod

Kevin Harrod

Frances Lund

Frances Lund

Sadis Matalon

Sadis Matalon

Moon Nahm

Moon Nahm

Carlos Orihuela

Carlos Orihuela

Troy Randall

Troy Randall

William Swords

William Swords


Thematic Group 2: Cell Biology-Tissue Repair
Namasivaya Ambalavanan

Namasivaya Ambalavanan

Veena Antony

Veena Antony

Jarrod Barnes

Jarrod Barnes

David Bedwell

David Bedwell

Victor Darley-Usmar

Victor Darley-Usmar

Qiang Ding

Qiang Ding

Joanne Murphy-Ulltich

Joanne Murphy-Ulltich

Rakesh Patel

Rakesh Patel

Yan Sanders

Yan Sanders

Victor Thannickal

Victor Thannickal

Bradley Yoder

Bradley Yoder

Yong Zhou

Yong Zhou


Thematic Group 3: Translational Sciences
Monica Baskin

Monica Baskin

Mark Dransfield

Mark Dransfield

Mona Fouad

Mona Fouad

Amit Gaggar

Amit Gaggar

Merry-Lynn McDonald

Merry-Lynn McDonald

Matthew Might

Matthew Might

Steven Rowe

Steven Rowe

Kenneth Saag

Kenneth Saag

Isabel Scarinci-Searles

Isabel Scarinci-Searles

Smita Bhatia

Smita Bhatia

Hemant Tiwari

Hemant Tiwari

Richard Whitley

Richard Whitley

Translational research in statistical genetics, computational biology, biomarker discovery, drug discovery/development, and clinical trials facilitate the clinical translation of basic science research. Training will focus on the manifestations, diagnosis, risk/prognostic stratification, mechanisms, prevention, and treatment of lung diseases, primarily acute lung injury (ALI), cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, chronic obstructive lung diseases (COPD), and interstitial lung diseases (ILD).  

Our training programs are highly individualized and tailored to maximize the success of each trainee.  In addition to the research projects conducted in the mentor's laboratory, training will encompass a highly structured didactic program that includes weekly teaching conferences in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, a "survival skills" curriculum, and a Research Core Curriculum that includes emerging themes such as cellular plasticity, drug discovery/development, systems biology, and personalized medicine.  Formal instruction will include the responsible and ethical conduct of research.  Strong emphasis will be placed on the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities.