University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Graduate School

Graduate Biomedical Sciences


1720 2nd Avenue South


Birmingham, AL 35294

United States



Program Information

Degree Offered:

Ph.D.-Biochemistry & Structural Biology; Ph.D.-Cancer Biology; Ph.D.-Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology; Ph.D.-Genetics & Genomic Sciences; Ph.D.-Immunology; Ph.D.-Microbiology; Ph.D.-Neuroscience; Ph.D.-Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Students enjoy a training approach at UAB GBS that combines flexibility, choice and structure. Students select one of the eight interdisciplinary thematic programs, including Biochemistry & Structural Biology, Cancer Biology, Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Genetics & Genomic Sciences, Immunology, Microbiology, Neuroscience and Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine. They participate in an accelerated core course and select from a menu of elective course modules for increasingly specialized training, which is aligned with each theme focus and further tailored to the student's personal interests. They also have the opportunity to explore research rotations with any active GBS faculty member whose research is of interest. The GBS interdisciplinary theme structure allows an entering student to explore varied courses and to sample the research expertise of over 350 productive GBS faculty before they decide on a thesis research direction. Alternatively, it allows them to immediately begin to focus in-depth on the research area they wish to pursue. UAB is one of only 23 institutions nation-wide to offer the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-funded Hughes Med to Grad (HMG) Fellowship Program in translational research, with courses that complement the above first year curriculum and additional activities in subsequent years. Competitive applicants to all GBS themes are eligible to apply for Hughes program participation and fellowships. In addition the HMG Program sponsors a Certificate Program in Translational and Molecular Science in which students in GBS and other health sciences may participate. UAB is also an invited participant in the new HHMI International Student Research Fellowship program. The UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences community encompasses approximately 440 graduate students and 350 faculty. Their affiliation with the 8 GBS interdisciplinary thematic programs listed above integrates more than 25 departments and 20 research Centers in the School of Medicine, partner Schools throughout the University, and affiliated Southern Research Institute and HudsonAlpha Biotechnology Institute. UAB is consistently among the top 20 institutions nationally for NIH research funding. It was cited among the top 10 for faculty productivity in biomedical sciences by the Chronicles of Higher Education and the top 5 "Best Places to Work in Academia" by The Scientist. UAB also ranks #3 in the nation for student diversity by the Princeton Review. UAB graduate students are provided extensive institutional resources and high caliber of training to become exceptionally competitive for outstanding postdoctoral and professional positions. Now accepting applications for Fall 2013.


AACSB Accreditation

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

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