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... revealing the mechanisms of human diseases and birth defects through an understanding of cell, molecular and developmental biology...


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Dr. David Sweatt, CMDB Faculty, UAB Department of Neurobiology Department Chairman and Endowed Professor, discusses his research into how the brain stores long-term memories and his appearance on the PBS series NOVA.

The Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology theme is part of an umbrella graduate program in Biomedical Sciences that focuses on basic process in cell, molecular, and developmental biology and how defects in these processes result in human diseases and birth defects. The overall goal of the theme is to develop well-rounded scholars with expertise that will be applicable to many fields.

Faculty in the CMDB theme are affiliated with multiple departments at UAB. The scientific interests of the faculty are very diverse and interdisciplinary in nature. CMDB students will receive comprehensive training and instruction in cell, molecular, and developmental biology using modern tools and approaches as well as a wide range of model organisms and cell culture systems. The research conducted by CMDB faculty addresses fundamental cellular and molecular questions that provide the basis for understanding and treating human disease. Specific research activities of the CMDB faculty can be viewed by visiting individual faculty research and profile pages. CMDB faculty research is supported by awards from various agencies, with the majority coming from the National Institutes of Health.

The CMDB theme comprises more than 60 primary and secondary faculty members with primary appointments in many of the academic departments at UAB including Cell Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Neurobiology, Medicine, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Nutrition Sciences, Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical Immunology, Rheumatology, Pathology, Environmental Health Sciences, Physiology and Biophysics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology, Vision Sciences, and Optometry. Each faculty member runs an active research laboratory and is committed to fostering the development of well-rounded and independent scientists by providing rigorous state-of-the-art research opportunities, instruction, and mentorship

Students enrolled in the CMDB theme participate in the GBS core curriculum along with students from all other GBS themes. The core curriculum establishes fundamental knowledge in cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, physiology, and biostatistics expected of all doctoral-level students. Subsequent course work focuses on specialized areas of interest to the CMDB student and his/her preceptor’s laboratory and research area as well as on developing the complete scientist with courses on improving grantsmanship and critical analyses of scientific data and literature. Through this cross-disciplinary approach, the CMDB theme will provide students with the essential skill necessary to address the complex problems in 21st-century biosciences.

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