The RMS Program Directors, Career Coaches and a plethora of neuroscience facutly are the main sources of professional support for the Roadmap Scholar.

  • Farah D. Lubin, Ph.D.
    Farah D. Lubin, Ph.D.

    Farah D. Lubin, Ph.D.

    Director, Roadmap Scholars Program
    Distinguished Professor, Department of Neurobiology
    Triton Endowed Professorship in Neuroscience
    Director, T32 Training Program in Cognition & Cognitive Disorders
    Co-Director for Research, IRACDA-Mentored Experiences in Research, Instruction, and Teaching (MERIT) Program
    Co-Chair, SOM Black/African-American Faculty Association
    SOM Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty Liaison
    Department of Neurobiology profile
    Scholars@UAB profile
    Lubin Lab website
    Dr. Lubin is originally from Haiti and grew up in New York City. She received her undergraduate degree from the Historically Black College/University (HBCU), Alabama State University. Dr. Lubin is a champion for diversity in STEM and is involved with several institutional and national programs supporting underrepresented trainees and faculty. She co-founded the Roadmap Scholars Program in 2014, inspired by obstacles she faced on her journey from student to professor. She said “One of the reasons I was motivated to do Roadmap is I was tired of being ‘the only’ — the only woman, the only minority, the only minority woman — everywhere I went.” She has been recognized with multiple institutional awards for her tireless efforts to increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in STEM. Dr. Lubin's research interest is focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying transcriptional regulation of genes in the nervous system to mediate cognition and how these mechanisms are altered with aging and cognitive disorders including epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease.
  • Jane Allendorfer, Ph.D.
    Jane Allendorfer, Ph.D.

    Jane Allendorfer, Ph.D.

    Associate Director for Academic Development, Roadmap Scholars Program
    Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
    Associate Director, Civitan International Neuroimaging Laboratory/Research MRI Core
    Scholars@UAB profile
    Department of Neurology profile
    Dr. Allendorfer received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, where she also completed postdoctoral studies. As a faculty member of the Epilepsy Division and as a Co-Investigator on ongoing neuroimaging projects at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), she is involved in clinical and basic science aspects of patient-oriented research. She collaborates with experts in neurology, psychology, immunology, physics, neuroscience, psychiatry, genetics, neurophysiology, public health, statistics, exercise medicine and neuroimaging at UAB.
  • Michelle Gray, Ph.D.
    Michelle Gray, Ph.D.

    Michelle Gray, Ph.D.

    Associate Director for Professional Development, Roadmap Scholars Program
    Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
    Jarman F. Lowder Endowed Professorship in Neuroscience
    Co-Director, Graduate Biomedical Sciences Neuroscience Theme
    Department of Neurology profile
    Scholars@UAB profile
    Gray Lab website
    Michelle Gray, Ph.D., received a B.S. in biology from Alabama State University in Montgomery. She then earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. At Ohio State University, she studied neurogenic defects that resulted in abnormal axon pathfinding abnormalities caused by genetic mutations in the zebrafish model system using cellular and molecular biology techniques in the laboratory of Dr. Christine Beattie. Dr. Gray performed post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of Dr. X. William Yang in the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles. She developed a conditional human Bacterial Artificial Chromosome transgenic mouse model containing the entire human huntingtin locus to model Huntington’s disease (BACHD) that is widely used by many laboratories throughout the world. She continues to use mouse genetic approaches to model neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Brian Sims, M.D., Ph.D.
    Brian Sims, M.D., Ph.D.

    Brian Sims, M.D., Ph.D.

    Consultant, NEURAL Conference
    Professor, Department of Pediatrics
    Department of Pediatrics profile
    Scholars@UAB profile
    SOM Office for Diversity and Inclusion profile
  • Keri Dickens, MPA
    Keri Dickens, MPA

    Keri Dickens, MPA

    Program Administrator, Roadmap Scholars Program
    Keri is a first generation college graduate, and is currently pursuing a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy Graduate Certificate at UAB.