Student Spotlight


Theo Busby

Entered: 2013
BS, University of Texas at San Antonio

Welcome to the Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology (CMDB) PhD Theme, a part of the Graduate Biomedical Sciences program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. The CMDB theme is designed to provide maximum flexibility that results in students who are prepared to launch into a career in the emerging biomedical science field. Our graduates have exciting careers in scientific research in both academic and industrial settings; scientific-related writing, business, law, bioterrorism, forensics, administration, and education. 

About Us: CMDB is a cross-disciplinary theme at a leading research University in the sunny south, consisting of a diverse group of scientists and physicians who have a collective interest in fundamental processes in cell, molecular, and developmental biology and how alterations in these processes result inhuman diseases and birth defects.

About UAB: We are consistently one of the top 25 NIH funded research institutions in the U.S. and with faculty from over 30 departments across campus there are many opportunities for you in new and exciting areas of biomedical research. And, UAB is a leader in innovative technology such as whole genome sequencing, electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, crystallography, flow cytometry, drug discovery and others.

Contact Us: We are always searching for the brightest and most dedicated students to join our highly competitive CMDB theme and experience firsthand our cutting edge science. This is your personal invitation to explore the many possible opportunities offered by CMDB at UAB. Please explore this web site and apply today!
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  • UAB business students will get involved with Birmingham’s 2015 Innovation Week by collaborating with BBVA Compass and MediaNet Software on smartwatch development.MediaNet Software and BBVA Compass are partnering with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Innovation Lab to challenge teams of students to develop real-life applications for Apple Watch and Android smartwatches as part of Innovation Week Birmingham. Within a collaborative environment, the students, guided by experienced members from BBVA Compass and MediaNet Software, will deliver their ideas for the wearable technology devices. The collaboration will be showcased within Innovation Week Birmingham 2015. Presentations of the ideas will occur from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at UAB’s Innovation Lab at Innovation Depot. Visit this site for more information or to RSVP to this free event.

  • International award honors computer information sciences professor’s project.The project developed by University of Alabama at Birmingham Assistant Professor Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., took home the prestigious 2015 mBillionth Award for its excellence in mobile learning and mobile education in South Asia. Hasan, assistant professor of computer and information sciences and director of the UAB SECure and Trustworthy Computing Lab, designed this project specifically to help educate Bengali-speaking rural and disadvantaged students of South Asia. Shikkhok offers mobile classes in mathematics, biology, statistics, computer science, photography, culinary arts and more from the middle school level all the way to graduate-level courses. Shikkhok has delivered 8.4 million lectures to nearly 700,000 students in Bangladesh and India in fewer than three years. Shikkhok also partners with the Facebook-funded project in Bangladesh, and the program is accessed free by millions of mobile phone users in Bangladesh through that initiative. This award recognizes Shikkhok for its best practices...

  • Researchers will seek molecular answers to how exercise delivers benefits and compete for a UAB center.This summer, the NIH Common Fund announced a five-year, $170 million effort to reveal — in molecular terms — how exercise delivers its many benefits throughout the body. Marcas Bamman, Ph.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham was one of the key investigators who helped NIH staff do the research for their successful application to the Common Fund. Now UAB will compete to help lead the research program after Requests for Applications are released in September, says Bamman, a professor of cell, developmental and integrative biology and director of the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine. This new Common Fund, “Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans,” targets a huge gap in understanding. While it is clear that exercise, or physical activity (PA), improves health outcomes and prevents disease — benefits that include better musculoskeletal function during...

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