Health Systems Grant Administration and Development Office

  • Amy R. Nelson, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology and cell biology, is investigating if pericyte dysfunction may cause reduced blood flow in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Aishwarya Prakash, Ph.D., assoc. prof. of biochemistry and molecular biology, is collaborating with researchers to uncover the genetic and environmental causes of lupus.
  • Gary Piazza, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, is studying how RAS inhibitors may help treat aggressive cancers.
  • Jonathon P. Audia, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology, is investigating the molecular pathogenesis of pneumonia, inflammation and sepsis.
  • In this pre-pandemic file photo, Jonathan Rayner, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the USA College of Medicine, studies vector-borne diseases.
  • Dr. Jonathan Rayner working in lab.
  • Robert A. Barrington, Ph.D speaking with another man in white coats in lab.
  • Mikhail Alexeyev, Ph.D., professor of physiology and cell biology at the USA College of Medicine, places a sample in the Seahorse XFe24 extracellular flux analyzer as Domenic Spadafora, Ph.D., manager of the flow cytometry facility at the USA College of Medicine, and research technician Nataliya Kozhukhar look on.
  • Thomas Rich, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine (far left), and Silas Leavesley, Ph.D., associate professor of chemical and bimolecular engineering at USA (far right), work in an engineering lab with Craig Browning, a doctoral student in the science systems engineering program at USA.
  • Dr. Errol Crook, center, professor and Abraham Mitchell Chair of Internal Medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, director of the USA Center for Healthy Communities, and principal investigator for the All of Us Research Program at USA, speaks at the news conference.
  • Dr. Allen Perkins, professor and chair of family medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently received a $100,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the training of individuals who deliver and/or support the treatment of opioid use disorder. The funding is part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ overall strategy to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • Center for Healthy Communities Hosts Forum on Community-Engaged Scholarship
  • Researchers at USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute are investigating exosomes’ multifaceted roles in cancer and their use as data-rich resources for discovering biomarkers for cancer.
  • Dr. Ningyong Xu, a postdoctoral fellow at College of Medicine, received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award.
  • Dr. Ji Young Lee, assistant professor of physiology, cell biology and internal medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently received a $231,000 three-year Career Development Award from the American Heart Association. The grant will allow Dr. Lee to study the effects of acidosis on pneumonia.
  • University of South Alabama researchers Dr. Diego F. Alvarez and Dr. Jonathon Audia have developed a pre-clinical model for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
  • Dr. Mike Lin, left, and Dr. Ron Balczon work in Dr. Lin's lab at the USA College of Medicine. They are conducting research into a possible link between hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia and cognitive impairment.
  • Dr. Rodney P. Rocconi, a gynecologic oncologist and interim director of the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute, works in the lab with Dr. Luciana Da Silva Barnes, assistant professor of basic and translational gynecological oncology.

The Office of Health Systems Grants Administration and Development (HSGAD) will be available via email and phone during interruptions to normal working hours related to COVID-19. All voicemails will be forwarded to email. We will be responding by email so please provide an email address as well as a phone number. HSGAD expects no business disruption and has initiated processes to assure continuity of work, including the submission of proposals. News and sponsor information can be found here.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Office of Health Systems Grants Administration and Development is to provide administrative services and support to faculty and staff of the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health and the Mitchell Cancer Institute who are involved in extramural sponsored activities. This office ensures compliance with applicable federal, state and private regulations, to adhere to policies of the university and the funding sponsor and to ultimately serve the university community in the pre- and post-award management of sponsored activities.

The primary functions of this office are:

  • Investigation and evaluation of grant opportunities
  • Preparation of materials necessary to assist faculty to create competitive grant proposals
  • Internal review and processing of grant applications
  • Electronic submission of grant applications, J-I-T information and post-award prior approval requests
  • Coordination and administration of post-award procedures and activities
  • Liaison between the USA Health Sciences faculty and sponsoring agencies
  • Liaison between the College of Medicine and the Office of Technology Transfer
  • First point of contact for Material Transfer Agreements, Invention Disclosures and Confidentiality Agreements
  • Provide in-service training to faculty and staff
  • Ensure compliance with the College of Medicine, University and agency business practices, procedures and regulations



Executive Director

Ashley W. Turbeville, MBA, CRA, Director

Ashley W. Turbeville, MBA, CRA
5795 USA Drive North, CSAB 120
Mail Stop CSAB 118
Mobile, AL 36688
Telephone: 251/460-6307
FAX: 251/461-1595