The Biochemistry, Structural and Stem Cell Biology faculty is comprised of noted scientists committed to their students. They are dedicated to quality education and are enthusiastically focused on cutting-edge research discovery. Of the 350+ faculty associated with Graduate Biomedical Sciences, almost 100 are affiliated with BSSB. When students enter the program, they have access to all 350+ GBS faculty for research rotations and a mentor; due to shared research interests, most BSSB students tend to find a mentor who is already one of the ~100 BSSB-affiliated faculty.
The faculty’s diverse research interests give solid breadth to the academic environment. Research programs include Drosophila development, yeast genetics and transcription, engineering of transgenic mice, RNA processing, enzymology, thermodynamics, macromolecular structure and metabolism, and in vivo cardiac function.
Faculty members are associated with a number of large research centers including the Multipurpose Arthritis Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center, AIDS Center, Cystic Fibrosis Research Center, Neurosciences Program, Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering, Center for NMR Research and Development, Atherosclerosis Research Unit and Southern Research Institute.
One primary indicator of a superior staff is the extent of outside funding the department receives. UAB ranks among the top public institutions in the U.S. in terms of research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health. In addition to funds from the State of Alabama, members of the Biochemistry and Structural Biology faculty receive millions of dollars in outside investor-initiated grants.
Our faculty are well-published. Research findings in our laboratories are regularly documented in major scientific journals and many of our faculty serve on editorial boards.