Dr. Ore Adedoyin

Dr. Ore Adedoyin

Dr. Oreoluwa Adedoyin received her Bachelors in Pharmacy (B.Pharm) degree in 2005 from Nigeria’s foremost University, the University of Ibadan. She worked briefly after graduation as a clinical pharmacist. Oreoluwa thereafter, obtained an M.S in Kinesiology and Health Promotion from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY in 2008. Her interest in research inspired her to obtain the PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY in 2014.
Dr. Hope Amm

Dr. Hope Amm

Dr. Hope Amm received her BS in Biological Sciences from St. Mary's College in 2002 and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from UAB in 2010. While a MERIT Scholar At-Large, she performed her Postdoctoral research training in the laboratory of Dr. Mary MacDougall, Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Her research focused on molecular mechanisms of tooth development and resulted in 3 original manuscripts. As a MERIT Scholar, Dr. Amm presented her work at multiple national and international meetings and was appointed to serve as the Vice President of the American Association of Dental Research National Student Research Group, UAB Chapter. Dr. Amm's MERIT Teaching Mentor was Dr. Mary Jane Krotzer, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stillman College. At Stillman College, Dr. Amm provided guest lectures and tutored undergraduates in several biology courses; she also developed and conducted a new, advanced course in cancer biology. Dr. Amm completed her MERIT Program training in 2013; currently, she is an Assistant Professor at UAB in the department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, and received a NIH K99/R00 Award in 2015.

Dr. Amm taught Cancer Biology as her 3rd year course at Stillman College in 2013.

Dr. Pamlea Brady

Dr. Pamlea Brady

Dr. Pamlea Brady received her BS in Chemistry from Winston-Salem State University in 2008, and her PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 2015 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She is performing her postdoctoral research training with Dr. Margaret Johnson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, studying the structure and dynamics of guanine quadruplex binding proteins.

Dr. Brady taught General Chemistry as her 3rd year course at Stillman College in 2018. She is currently Chair and Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Talladega College.

Dr. Patrice Capers

Dr. Patrice Capers

Dr. Patrice Capers received her BS in Biology from Spellman College in 2008 and her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Morehouse School of Medicine in 2013. As a MERIT Scholar, Dr. Capers performed her postdoctoral research training with Dr. David Allison, Professor of Public Health, focusing upon epidemiological meta-analyses of the role of sleep duration on adiposity and energy balance. She presented results of these studies at both local and national meetings, including Experimental Biology and Obesity; it has been published in 3 original manuscripts. Dr. Capers’ teaching mentor was Dr. Tabitha Hardy, Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences at Stillman College. For her MERIT Program teaching requirement, Dr. Capers taught an advanced course in nutrition science at Stillman College. She completed her MERIT Program training in 2016 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Dr. Capers taught Nutrition Science as her 4rd year course at Oakwood University in 2016.
Dr. Centdrika Dates

Dr. Centdrika Dates

Dr. Centdrika Dates received her BS in Biology from Alcorn State University in 2008, her MS in Biology from Jackson State University in 2010, and her PhD in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2015. She is performing her postdoctoral research training with Dr. Trygve Tollefsbol, Professor of Biology, examining mechanisms of cancer and aging epigenetics.
Dr. Norberto Gonzalez-Juarbe

Dr. Norberto Gonzalez-Juarbe

Dr. González-Juarbe received his BS in Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo in 2010 and his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Texas Science Center San Antonia in 2015. Dr. González-Juarbe is performing his postdoctoral research under the mentorship of Dr. Carlos Orihuela, Professor of Microbiology. Dr. González-Juarbe’s research focus on novel cell death mechanisms induced by pathogenic bacteria. He is now Assistant Professor of Infectious Disease at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, MD
Dr. Marla Hertz

Dr. Marla Hertz

Dr. Marla Hertz received her BS in Microbiology from University of Maryland (College Park) in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Microbiology from UAB 2011. She performed her Postdoctoral research training in the laboratory of Dr. Mary-Ann Bjornsti, Professor and Chair of Pharmacology and Toxicology. As a MERIT Scholar, her research focused on protein-protein interactions in DNA damage and replication. For this work, she received 3rd place at the 2013 national IRACDA meeting poster competition. Also in 2013, Dr. Hertz co-organized the national SERYM conference held at UAB. Dr. Hertz's MERIT Teaching Mentor was Dr. Marlon Rhem, Professor of Chemistry at Oakwood University. At Oakwood, Dr. Hertz provided guest lectures and tutored undergraduates in chemistry. In addition, she developed and taught an introductory course in pharmacology and was instrumental in organizing a research workshop series for the Department of Chemistry at Oakwood. Dr. Hertz completed her MERIT Program training in 2014; currently, she is working as a researcher in a parasitic helminth lab at Washington University and as a mentor for the young scientist program, a trainee run STEM outreach program that provides hands on laboratory experiences to K-12 students in St Louis.

Dr. Hertz taught Pharmacology as her 3rd year course at Oakwood University in 2014.

Dr. Tabitha Hardy

Dr. Tabitha Hardy

Dr. Tabitha Hardy received her BS in Biology Education from Alcorn State University in 2000, her MS in Biology from Jackson State University in 2004, and her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2010. She performed her Postdoctoral research training with Dr. Trygve Tollefsbol, Professor of Biology. Her research focused on dietary factors and epigenetic regulation of cancer and culminated in 5 original manuscripts. As a MERIT Scholar, Dr. Hardy presented her work at multiple national meetings and received an NIH Loan Repayment Award. Dr. Hardy's MERIT Teaching Mentor was Dr. O'Neal Wright, Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences at Stillman College. At Stillman College, she provided guest lectures and tutored undergraduates in several biology courses, including a new, laboratory in genetics. Dr. Hardy also taught classes and served as a lecturer in the UAB Department of Biology. Dr. Hardy completed her MERIT Program training in 2013; currently, she is an Assistant Dean in the Graduate School at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.

Dr. Hardy taught Genetics as her 3rd year course at Stillman College in 2013.

Dr. Vicky Huang

Dr. Vicky Huang

Dr. Vicky Huang received her BS in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005 and her PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from University of Texas at Austin in 2013. She performed her postdoctoral research training with Dr. Farah Lubin, Associate Professor of Neurobiology, utilizing a zebra fish model to study the environmental influences on neuroepigenetic mechanisms during memory formation with aging.

Dr. Huang taught Introductory Biochemistry as her 3rd year course at Oakwood University in 2018.

Dr. Monica Lewis

Dr. Monica Lewis

Dr. Lewis received her BS in Chemistry at Alabama State University in 2009 and her PhD in Cancer Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016. She performed her postdoctoral training in the lab of Dr. Nabiha Yusuf, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, where she investigated the roles of the innate immune system in breast cancer health disparities and in the development of skin cancer. Dr. Lewis taught her 3rd year course at Oakwood University in 2018. She is now an Instructor of Biology at University of Montevallo.
Dr. Christine Loyd

Dr. Christine Loyd

Dr. Loyd received her BA in Microbiology from Miami University- Oxford in 2008 and her PhD in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine from University of Cincinnati in 2014. Dr. Loyd is performed her post-doctoral research under the mentorship of Dr. Cynthia J. Brown, Professor of Medicine and Director of the UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging. Dr. Loyd’s research investigates hospital mobility in older adults and the effectiveness of a hospital walking intervention in promoting recovery of mobility status following hospitalization. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Keri Barksdale Mans

Dr. Keri Barksdale Mans

Dr. Keri Barksdale Mans received her BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Mississippi State University in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Neurobiology at UAB in 2010. As a MERIT scholar, Dr. Mans performed her Postdoctoral research training in the laboratory of Dr. Rosalinda Roberts, Professor of Psychiatry. She utilized both rodent and human models to research structural and metabolic deficits that occur in the schizophrenic brain. Dr. Mans presented her research at several national meetings; it has culminated in 2 original manuscripts and multiple national presentations. Dr. Mans' MERIT Teaching Mentor was Dr. Marion Fintel, Professor of Natural Sciences at Stillman College. At Stillman College, Dr. Mans created and taught a course in molecular biology, served as a guest lecturer, and mentored undergraduate thesis candidates. Dr. Mans completed her MERIT Program training in 2013; she has recently joined the faculty of Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, GA where she is serving as a Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences.

Dr. Mans taught Molecular Biology as her 3rd year course at Stillman College in 2012.

Dr. Robert Mans

Dr. Robert Mans

Dr. Robert Mans received his BS in Neurobiological Sciences from the University of Florida in 2005 and his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from UAB in 2011. He performed his Postdoctoral research training in the laboratory of Dr. Lori McMahon, Professor of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology. His research focused on mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease and culminated in 2 original manuscripts and multiple national presentations. Dr. Mans worked with Dr. Glenn Phillips, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Oakwood University, as his MERIT Teaching Mentor. At Oakwood, Dr. Mans provided guest lectures, tutored undergraduates, and taught an introductory course in biochemistry. Dr. Mans completed his MERIT Program training in 2014; he has recently joined the faculty of Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, GA where he will serve as an Assistant Professor of Biology.

Dr. Mans taught Organic Chemistry as his 3rd year course at Oakwood University in 2014.

Dr. Michael Nelson

Dr. Michael Nelson

Dr. Michael Nelson received his BS in Biology from Cedarville University in 2005 and his PhD in Microbiology from UAB in 2012. He is performing his postdoctoral research training with Dr. John Shacka, Assistant Professor of Pathology. His research focuses on delineating the role of the lysosomal enzyme alpha galactosidase in Michael Nelsonregulating the clearance of alpha synuclein; this work has therapeutic implications for Parkinson’s Disease. As a MERIT Scholar, Dr. Nelson has received a Career Enhancement Award from the UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education. He worked with Dr. Onesimus Otieno, Assistant Professor of Biology at Oakwood University, as his MERIT Teaching Mentor. At Oakwood, Dr. Nelson provided guest lectures, facilitated a journal club series, and taught a course in molecular biology techniques. Dr. Nelson completed his MERIT Program training in 2015; he has recently accepted a position as an imaging specialist with Nikon Industries.

Dr. Nelson taught Molecular Biology as his 3rd year course at Oakwood University in 2015.

Dr. Latoya Paul

Dr. Latoya Paul

Dr. Latoya Paul received her BS in Biological Sciences from Southern University and A&M College in 2003 and her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University in 2010. She performed her Postdoctoral research training in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Watts, Professor of Biology. Her research focused on the impact of environmental stressors on embryonic development and resulted in 4 manuscripts either submitted or in preparation. As a MERIT Scholar, Dr. Paul presented her work at multiple national meetings and received a UAB Emerging Scholars Award. Dr. Paul worked with Dr. Marlon Rhem, Professor of Chemistry at Oakwood University, as her MERIT Teaching Mentor. For her training, Dr. Paul developed and taught an introductory neurobiology course at Stillman College. Dr. Paul completed her MERIT Program training in 2014; currently, she is an instructor of Biology at LSU.

Dr. Paul taught Neurobiology as her 3rd year course at Stillman College in 2014.

Dr. Jessica Perez

Dr. Jessica Perez

Dr. Jessica Perez received her BS in Biology from Universidad de Puerto Rico- Recinto Universitario de Mayaguez in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from UAB in 2010. As a MERIT Scholar At-Large, she performed her Postdoctoral research training with Dr. Rosa Serra, Professor of Cell Biology. Dr. Perez’s research focused on TGFβ signaling in chondrocytes; she has presented her work at both national and international meetings. Dr. Perez is a recipient of an NIH National Research Service Award (F32). Dr. Perez performed her teaching experience in the Department of Natural Sciences at Stillman College with Dr. O’Neal Wright as her MERIT Teaching Mentor. Currently, Dr. Perez is a freelance medical writer.

Dr. Perez taught Cell Biology as her 3rd year course at Stillman College in 2013.

Dr. Christine Sestero

Dr. Christine Sestero

Dr. Christine Sestero received her B.S. in Biology from The College of Idaho in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Microbiology at Idaho State University in 2006. Following the receipt of her degree, Dr. Sestero began her Postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Chander Raman, Professor of Medicine at UAB, examining the role of T cell activation in the pathogenesis of autoimmune disease. In 2009, Dr. Sestero joined the MERIT Program with Dr. Rosianna Gray, Professor and Chair of Natural Sciences at Stillman College, serving as her MERIT Teaching Mentor. As a MERIT Scholar, Dr. Sestero’s research has culminated in 4 original manuscripts either in press or submitted for publication. At Stillman College, she provided guest lectures and tutored undergraduates in several biology courses; she also developed and conducted a new, advanced immunology course. Dr. Sestero is an Associate Professor of Biology faculty appointment at the University of Montevallo.

Dr. Sestero taught Immunology as her 3rd year course at Stillman College in 2012.

Dr. Vyvyca Walker

Dr. Vyvyca Walker

Dr. Vyvyca Walker received her BS and MS in Chemistry from Jackson State University in 2005 and 2008, respectively, and her PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan in 2013. She performed her postdoctoral training with Drs. Anupam Agarwal, Professor of Medicine, and James George, Professor of Surgery, examining the role of heme oxygenase in immune-mediated in post-transplant vascular disease and end-stage organ failure. Dr. Walker selected Dr. Mary Jane Krotzer, Dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stillman College, as her MERIT Teaching Mentor. Dr. Walker completed the MERIT program in 2016 and accepted a position at Eli Lily as a science writer.

Dr. Walker taught General Chemistry as her 3rd year course at Stillman College in 2016.

Dr. Sparkle Williams

Dr. Sparkle Williams

Dr. Sparkle Williams received her BS in Biology from Tuskegee University in 2008, and her MS in Biology in 2010 as well as her PhD in Biological Sciences in 2014 from Tennessee State University. She is performing her postdoctoral research training with Dr. Brian Sims, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, utilizing a zebra fish model to elucidate the mechanisms that underlie fetal brain injury. Dr. Williams worked with Dr. Elaine Vanterpool, Associate Professor of Biology at Oakwood University, to teach her third year class. Dr. Williams is now an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech.
Dr. Kurt Zimmerman

Dr. Kurt Zimmerman

Dr. Kurt Zimmerman received his BS in Biochemistry / Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2009 and his PhD in Pathology from UAB in 2014. He is performing his postdoctoral research training with Dr. Brad Yoder, Professor of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology, utilizing the C. elegans model system to define mechanisms of cilia-mediated signaling and disease. Dr. Zimmerman selected Dr. Corey Harrison, Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences at Stillman College as his MERIT Teaching Mentor. At the 2015 National IRACDA Meeting held in San Diego, CA, Dr. Zimmerman won 1st Place in the ‘Inaugural Shark-Tank Competition’. He now is an Instructor at UAB in the Department of Cellular, Developmental, and Integrative Biology.