First Year Scholars

First Year Scholars

Dr. Matthew Madison

Dr. Matthew Madison

Department of Medicine - Pulmonary
Research mentor: Dr. Amit Gaggar
Teaching Mentor: TBD

Dr. Christina Morra

Department of Microbiology
Research mentor: Dr. Carolos Orihuela
Teaching Mentor: TBD

Dr. Ninecia Scott

Department of Microbiology
Research mentor: Dr. Carolos Orihuela
Teaching Mentor: TBD

Dr. Kristen Watts

Department of Medicine - Gerontology, Geriatrics, Palliative Care
Research mentor: Drs. Ronit Elk and Marie A Bakitas
Teaching Mentor: TBD
Second Year Scholars

Second Year Scholars

Dr. Lisa Roberts

Dr. Lisa Roberts

Dr. Lisa Krehbiel received a BS in Kinesiology from Kansas State University in 2012 and an MS in Human Performance from the University of Florida in 2014. She was awarded a PhD in Biobehavioral Science in 2018 also from the University of Florida. Dr. Krehbiel is performing her postdoctoral research under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Buford, Associate Professor of Medicine elucidating mechanisms of exercise and aging.


Department of Gerontology/Geriatrics/Palliative Care
Research mentor: Dr. Thomas Buford

Dr. Melissa LaBonty

Dr. Melissa LaBonty

Dr. Melissa LaBonty received a BS in Biological Sciences from Ohio University in 2008. She was awarded a PhD in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology from Tufts University in 2018. Dr. LaBonty is performing her postdoctoral research under the mentorship of Dr. Brad Yoder, Professor and Chair of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology, investigating mechanisms of ciliogenesis and cilia mediated signalling pathways in C. elegans.

labonty@uab.edu
Department of Cellular, Molecular, and Integrative Biology
Research mentor: Dr. Brad Yoder

Will Ryan, PhD

Will Ryan, PhD

Dr. Will Ryan received a BS in Environmental Biology in 2007 and an MS in Biology in 2010 from California State University. He was awarded a PhD in Biology from Florida State University in 2017. Dr. Ryan is performing his postdoctoral research under the mentorship of Dr. Stacey Krueger-Hadfield, Assistant Professor of Biology, elucidating mechanisms of eco-evolutionary mutation accumulation within metastatic tumors.

wryan@uab.edu
Department of Biology
Research mentor: Dr. Stacey Krueger-Hadfield

Third Year Scholars

Third Year Scholars

Dr. Sarah Beno

Dr. Sarah Beno

Dr. Sarah Beno received a BS in Biology and a BA in Chemistry from Meredith College in 2013. She was awarded a PhD in Food Nutrition Science from Cornell University in 2017. Dr. Beno is performing her postdoctoral research under the mentorship of Dr. Carlos Orihuela, Professor of Microbiology elucidating mechanisms of S. pneumonia gene expression in invasive pneumococcal disease.

sbeno@uab.edu
Department of Microbiology
Research mentor: Dr. Carolos Orihuela
Teaching Mentor: Dr. Chaudry, Stillman

Dr. Keri Kemp

Dr. Keri Kemp

Dr. Keri Kemp received a BS in Biology from Kansas State University in 2001. Following experiences working in the conservation sector, she entered graduate studies earning an MS in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011 and a PhD in Ecology from the University of Georgia in 2017. Dr. Kemp is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Pathology. She is co-mentored by Dr. Robin Lorenz (Pathology), Dr. Craig Maynard (Pathology), and Dr. Jennifer Pollock (Nephrology). Her research is focused on investigating how early life stress (ELS) increases the likelihood of subsequent inflammatory autoimmune diseases.

kerikemp@uab.edu

Department of Pathology
Research Mentor: Jennifer Pollock, PhD and Craig Maynard, PhD
Teaching Mentor: Sami Raut, PhD at UAB

Fourth Year Scholars

Fourth Year Scholars

Dr. Robert M. Akscyn

Dr. Robert M. Akscyn

Dr. Akscyn received his BS in Biochemistry from Saint Vincent College in 2010 and his PhD in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2015. Dr. Akscyn is performing his postdoctoral research under the mentorship of Dr. J. Michael Wyss, Professor of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, and Director of the UAB Center for Community Outreach and Development. Dr. Akscyn’s research focuses on education assessment, curriculum design and implementation, and fostering Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in underrepresented, minority populations.

rakscyn@uab.edu | (205) 934-5171
https://www.uab.edu/cord/

Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology
Research Mentor: Dr. Mike Wyss
Teaching Mentor: Tracey Wilson, PhD at Lawson

Dr. Camerron Crowder

Dr. Camerron Crowder

Dr. Crowder received a B.S. and B.A. in 2007 from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, a M.S. in biology in 2010 from Northern Arizona University and her PhD in 2016 in Integrative biology from Oregon State University in the lab of Dr. Virginia Weis. Dr. Crowder is currently a post-doctoral fellow working with Dr. Chenbei Chang. Her research is focused on investigating the role of nuclear receptors, including the androgen receptor, in sexual development and determination in zebrafish. She is also working to develop assays to visualize tissue-specific glucocorticoid receptor activity in order to improve rheumatoid arthritis drug therapies.

Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology
Research mentor: Dr. Chenbei Chang
Teaching Mentor: Diane Tucker, PhD at UAB

Dr. Heather Ray

Dr. Heather Ray

Dr. Heather Ray received her B.S. in Biology from Oregon State University in 2006, followed by an M.S. in Biology from University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009 and her PhD in Cell, Stem Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2016. Dr. Ray is currently performing her post-doctoral research in the lab of Dr. Chenbei Chang, Associate Professor of Cell, Development and Integrative Biology. Dr. Ray's research focuses on the mechanisms of cell differentiation and migration using the frog Xenopus laevis as a model system, with an interest in how studies of early embryonic development can inform on adult disease mechanisms, such as cancer.

Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology
Research mentor: Dr. Chenbei Chang
Teaching Mentor: Mary Smith, PhD at Lawson