Trainee Council

Responsible for representing Trainee Members for SFRBM leadership and to facilitate professional development sessions for trainees.

Kimberly Dunham-Snary, Ph.D., Chair
Queen's University - Canada

Sam (Samantha) Giordano, Ph.D., Vice Chair
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Philip Wages, Ph.D., Secretary
Vanderbilt University

Ryan Smith, Ph.D.
Emory University

Moe Almedawar
Technical University of Dresden - Germany

Andrea Braganza, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh


There is Blood in the Water: How Heme is Wreaking Havoc in Disease

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017
Speaker: Rakesh Patel, Ph.D., University of Alabama Birmingham
Length of session: 60 minutes
Time: 1:00 pm ET (12:00 pm CT, 11:00 am MT, 10:00 am PT)
International attendees should convert the time accordingly. 



The potential for free heme to mediate oxidative stress has been known for many years and it's role in diseases associated with high levels of hemolysis documented. More recently, heme-toxicity has also been demonstrated with critical-ill disease states not typically considered to be associated with hemolysis. Together with the understanding that free heme mediates multiple facets of tissue injury (permeability, inflammation, immunosuppression, cytotoxicity) via perturbation of redox, immune regulation and inflammatory signaling pathways has led to a re-evaluation of how heme contributes to acute inflammatory syndromes.


Members can attend an SFRBM Virtual Free Radical School session right from your office or home. All you need to participate is a telephone and a computer with high-speed internet connection. The audio is delivered over the telephone (toll-free). Registrants will be provided call in/login information 2-3 days prior to the session and a URL to access the presentation right on the web in real time.


Dr. Rakesh Patel is a Professor and Director of the Center for Free Radical Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research utilizes basic and translational studies to understand redox related mechanisms regulating inflammation in various pathogenic states and how these are integrated to environmental stresses. Specific and recent focus areas include heme / hemoglobin and nitric oxide dependent processes. Dr. Patel graduated from the University of Essex (England) under the mentorship of Mike Wilson and then moved to UAB in 1997 to pursue post-doctoral training with Dr Darley-Usmar.  He has published 130 original articles, and >60 reviews, book chapters, editorials and perspectives and credits his scientific successes to numerous mentors, collaborators and colleagues, and most importantly the trainees he has had the pleasure of working with.


Nitrotyrosine: To Die or Not to Die
Alvaro Estevez, Ph.D. - May 2016

The State of the PhD: Exploring Careers Beyond the Professoriate
Laurence Frabottta, Ph.D. — October 2014


The SFRBM Mentoring Excellence Award will recognize outstanding mentorship provided by a current member of the SFRBM. The award recipient could be a junior, mid-career or senior principal investigator, who will be nominated by trainees of the SFRBM.