Josh L. Stern Assistant professor, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Josh L. Stern Assistant professor, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Josh L. Stern Assistant professor, University of Alabama, Birmingham Josh L. Stern Assistant professor, University of Alabama, Birmingham

I am  currently an Assistant Professor in the Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Department and the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Previously I held an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Cech at the University of Colorado, Boulder. 


How I got here


At the age of four, I moved with my family to Indonesia. That was a defining event in my childhood, giving me an appreciation for the planet as a whole, and the different ways that people around the world live. Later in life, I continued these peripatetic ways. After attending high school in Pennsylvania, I studied at the University of California, followed by moving to Australia - and then back to the United States! 


During the completion of the human genome project, I developed a deep and abiding interest in the molecular basis of human disease. This interest blossomed into a life-long commitment to help those suffering from intractable diseases. I received my Ph.D. from the Children’s Medical Research Institute in Australia, where I met my wife. We still have strong ties with Australia and return to visit family, friends, and colleagues as often as we can.