Basic Science Researchers

  • Beierle, Elizabeth A., M.D.

    Dr. Elizabeth Beierle

    Vice Chair, Faculty Development
    Surgical Director, Hepatobiliary Clinic, Children's of Alabama
    Charles D. McCrary Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery

    Areas of Interest
    pediatric surgical oncology, pediatric solid tumors, neuroblastoma

  • Chaudry, Irshad, Ph.D.

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    Professor Emeritus

    Areas of Interest
    trauma, hemorrhage, sepsis, gender dimorphism, immune functions, cardiovascular functions

  • Chen, Herbert, M.D., FACS

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    Chair, Department of Surgery
    Professor of Surgery
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Professor of Pediatrics

    Fay Fletcher Kerner Endowed Chair
    Surgeon-in-Chief, UAB Hospital and Health System
    Senior Advisor, O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    Areas of Interest
    thyroid and parathyroid surgery, minimally invasive radioguided parathyroidectomy, adrenal surgery, endocrine surgery, neuroendocrine cancer biology

  • Collawn, Sherry, M.D., Ph.D.

    Dr. Sherry Collawn

    Associate Professor

    Areas of Interest
    laser procedures, skin tightening, resurfacing, fat grafting, transplantation, liposuction, reepitheliazation, skin grafts, wound healing, minimally invasive surgery, laser surgery, fat transplantation

  • Donahue, James M., M.D.

    Dr. James Donahue

    Associate Professor
    Section Chief, Thoracic Surgery
    James H. Estes Family Endowed Chair for Lung Cancer Research in the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    Areas of Interest
    Lung and esophageal cancer surgery, chest wall surgery, tracheal resection and reconstruction, mediastinal tumors, outcomes research, airway disorders, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, lung nodules, mediastinal tumors, chest wall tumors, malignant pleural effusions, pneumothorax, esophageal disease (benign)

  • Dudeja, Vikas, M.D., FACS

    Dr. Vikas Dudeja

    Associate Professor
    James P. Hayes, Jr., Endowed Professor in Gastrointestinal Oncology

    Director, Division of Surgical Oncology

    Areas of Interest
    pancreatic cancer, hepatobiliary malignancies, immunology and stromal biology

  • Galli, Aurelio, Ph.D., D.Sc.

    Dr. Aurelio Galli

    Director for Gastrointestinal Biology Research

    Areas of Interest
    brain development and plasticity, neurotransmitters, substance abuse

  • George, James, Ph.D.

    James George, PhD

    Vice Chair, Basic Research 
    UAB Cardiovascular Surgical Research Endowed Chair

    Areas of Interest
    immune regulation of post-transplant vascular disease and allograft rejection, transplantation and heart failure outcomes research

  • Grams, Jayleen M., M.D.

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    Vice Chair, VA Affairs
    Associate Chief of Staff, VA Surgical Services
    Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery at Birmingham VA
    Assistant Program Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

    Areas of Interest
    foregut and bariatric surgery, achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, hiatal or paraesophageal hernias, morbid obesity and metabolic syndrome, role of microbiome in obesity, outcomes research

  • Hardiman, Karin M., M.D., Ph.D.

    Dr. Karin Hardiman

    Associate Professor
    Program Co-Director, Surgery Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)
    Assistant Program Director for Resident Research, General Surgery Residency Program

    Areas of Interest
    colon and rectal surgery, intestinal surgery

  • Hauptfeld-Dolejsek, Vera, Ph.D.

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    Director and Clinical Consultant, Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory, UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute

    Areas of Interest
    histocompatibility, deceased and living donor solid organ transplantation, related and unrelated bone marrow/HSC transplantation

  • Iyer, Srikanth, Ph.D.

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    Areas of Interest
    pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, acinar to ductal metaplasia (ADM) biology, notch and hedgehog signaling pathways in pancreatic diseases

  • Jaskula-Sztul, Renata, Ph.D.

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    Associate Professor

    Areas of Interest 
    neuroendocrine cancers, personalized cancer therapy, mouse models of neuroendocrine cancers, targeted drug delivery, nanomedicines, the tumor suppressor role of Notch

  • Martin, Colin, M.D., FACS

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    Division of Pedatric Surgery

    Surgical Director, UAB/Children's of Alabama Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation

    Co-Director, Pre-College Research Internship for Students from Minority Backgrounds (PRISM)

    Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    President-Elect, Medical Staff at Children's of Alabama

    Areas of Interest
    intestinal failure, necrotizing enterocolitis, intestinal mucosal biology and innate immunity

  • Matthies, Heinrich, Ph.D.

    Dr. Heinrich Matthies

    Assistant Professor

    Areas of Interest
    brain development and plasticity, neurotransmitters, substance abuse

  • Porrett, Paige, M.D., Ph.D.

    Dr. Porrett

    Associate Professor
    Director, VCA Transplantation, UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute
    Director, Clinical & Translational Research, UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute
    Vera Hauptfeld-Doejsek Endowed Professor in Transplant Immunology

    Areas of Interest
    Uterus transplantation, VCA transplantation, reproductive immunology, transplant immunology, pregnancy alloimmunization, renal function during pregnancy, living donor kidney transplantation, sex and race disparities in transplantation, transplantation tolerance

  • Reddy, Sushanth, M.D.

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    Associate Professor
    Associate Director, Division of Surgical Oncology
    Associate Director, General Surgery Residency Program

    Areas of Interest
    stomach cancer, pancreas and liver cancers, Wnt signaling

  • Ren, Bin, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA

    Dr. Bin Ren

    William D. Jordan, Jr. M.D., Endowed Professor in Vascular Sciences

    Areas of Interest
    angiogenesis, cancer, endothelial cell and vascular biology, epigenetics, epitranscriptomics, gene transcription and translation, ischemic heart and vascular diseases, vascular niche in stem cells

  • Richter, Jillian R., Ph.D.

    Jillian Richter, MDAssociate Professor
    Co-Director, Short-Term Research Experiences Advancing Medical Students (STREAMS)

    Areas of Interest 
    trauma, hemorrhage, resuscitation, endothelial glycocalyx, lung injury, bioengineered in vitro models, mechanotransduction signaling

  • Rose, J. Bart, M.D., MAS, FACS

    Dr. J. Bart RoseAssistant Professor
    Director, UAB Pancreatobiliary Disease Center
    Chief, Section of Hepatopancreatobiliary Disease

    Areas of Interest
    diseases of the stomach, small bowel, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and bile duct, Notch signaling pathways in gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors