About Us

CDDR Leadership

Dr. Rick C.S. Lin - Executive Director

  • Received his PhD from Vanderbilt University in neuroanatomy and his post-doctoral training at the University of Virginia in neurophysiology.
  • Has been with UMMC since 1999 and is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences with secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior as well as Department of Pediatrics.
  • Has been continuously funded by NIH, NSF and private foundations over the past 30 plus years, including a very prestigious EUREKA Grant in 2008 to explore autism.
  • Has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, including nearly a dozen in the highest impact scientific journals, Science, Nature and PNAS as well as a chief editor for a book and two special issues.

Dr. Barbara T. Alexander - Basic Science Director

  • Received her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Mississippi and completed post-doctoral training in renal physiology at UMMC.
  • Was promoted to instructor in the Department of Physiology at UMMC in 1999 where she is currently a professor.
  • Research has focused on the mechanisms that link low birth weight with increased risk for hypertension with a particular interest in the impact of sex and age on the developmental programming of cardiovascular risk.
  • Has been continuously funded by the NIH and the American Heart Association since 1999.
  • Has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers.
  • Is the director of the Analytical and Assay Core for the Department of Physiology and serves as a core leader for the Physiology Departmental Program Project Grant and a core director for the Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), Obesity, Cardiorenal and Metabolic Diseases Center.

Dr. Abhay Bhatt - Clinical Science Director

  • Received his MD in pediatrics from Gujarat University's Sheth K.M. School of P.G. Medicine and Research.
  • Has worked at UMMC for 14 years and he is an associate professor of pediatrics and the vice chair of research in Department of Pediatrics.
  • Has served on the American Board of Pediatrics and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the Mississippi State Medical Board.
  • Primary research interests are hypoxic-ischemic, oxygen, inflammation and steroid induced injury to the developing brain.

Dr. Ian A. Paul - Education Director

  • Received his PhD in neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and post-doctoral training in neuropharmacology at the NIH.
  • Has been at UMMC since 1993 and is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.
  • Work has focused on the actions of antidepressant drugs on the brain and, since 2005, he has collaborated with Dr. Rick Lin to study the effects of antidepressant exposure in early life on the developing brain.
  • Has been continuously funded through the NIH, the Brain and Behavior Research Council (NARSAD) as well the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention since 1994.
  • Has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers.
  • Founded the Graduate Program in Neuroscience in 2006 and led it until 2014 when he stepped down to serve as education director of the CDDR.
  • Recipient of the Regions Bank Toward Educational Advancement in Care and Health (TEACH) Prize at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. One member of the Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence is chosen for exceptional innovation, role modeling, professionalism, and mentoring and guidance of students. The prize carries a $10,000 cash award.