University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Graduate School

Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology


1720 2nd Avenue South


Birmingham, AL 35294

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology (CMDB) is a theme within Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS), an umbrella program of eight PhD themes.  The advantage of joining is that students have access to all 350+ faculty within GBS as well as courses from every theme, allowing for an interdisciplinary academic and research experience. 

The CMDB theme consists of a diverse group of collegial scientists and physicians who have a collective interest in fundamental processes in cell, molecular, and developmental biology and how alterations in these processes result in human diseases and birth defects. Our faculty are committed to providing the strongest education and training in fields of cellular, molecular, and developmental biology to ensure students develop the necessary skills for a career in science. This is accomplished through a strong emphasis on research, mentoring, and hands on instruction with a curriculum that reflects rapid changes in science. The broad scientific interests and expertise of our faculty along with the collaborative nature fostered at UAB provide an exciting environment of learning and discovery. There are exceptional training and educational opportunities awaiting postdoctoral fellows, medical students, and graduate students in the CMDB theme that will prepare them for successful and rewarding careers in academia, government, biotechnology, pharmaceutical research, or any career requiring strong training in critical thinking and the scientific method. We are searching for the brightest and most dedicated students to join the highly competitive CMDB theme and experience first hand the excitement and thrill of making discoveries that will significantly improve human health. 

While in the program, students are provided an annual stipend of $29,000, paid tuition and fees, and single-coverage health insurance.  


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Accreditation

International Student Requirements:

• TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score no more than two years old.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

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