UAB's Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics Graduate (GGB) PhD Theme

The GGB provides students with an outstanding, flexible, didactic training experience to prepare them for independent and innovative careers in research. We emphasize a broad approach to the fundamental principles of genetics and genomics, and offer a large pool of mentors with expertise in a wide variety of research areas.  We invite you to explore our Web site today.


Save the date -- for the 10th Annual Research Scientific Retreat, hosted by the UAB Department of Genetics in conjunction with HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. The retreat will be held Friday, November 13, 2015, at the UAB Alumni House. The Keynote address will be presented by: Howard Jacob, Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Medical Genomics and Chief Medical Genomics Officer, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

Congratulations to Jacob Watts, who successfully defended his PhD dissertation and graduated this summer. Jacob is shown in the photo with his mentor, Dr. Lisa Guay-Woodford.

Check out this article on some of the latest news regarding personalized medicine...

HudsonAlpha brings national DNA expert to its Alabama center. Dr. Howard Jacob, one of America's top clinical genomics experts, will join HudsonAlpha to start a program to advance the use of DNA research in patient care. Click here to read the article.

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center have established a joint cancer research consortium that will combine pioneering efforts to diagnose, treat and care for patients and families affected by cancer. Read the full article here.

The UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine has been created by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, to accelerate discoveries in genomics and propel those discoveries into clinical practice. Read the full article here.

We are pleased to announce that our graduate student program is changing its name to "Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics" or GGB to better reflect our strengths in the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. Interested graduate students will receive outstanding training and mentorship from our GGB faculty members who have both extensive knowledge and significant expertise in these important research areas (click here for a list of our faculty). Investigator labs are located on the UAB campus or at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama (click here for the HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology). We have also developed several new graduate classes that cover cutting edge topics in computational biology and bioinformatics, a new journal club (see below). Please contact Dr. Dan Bullard for more information on this new initiative at

New Classes in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics:
GBS 727 - Advanced Human Genomics
GBS 746 - Introduction to Scientific Computing
GBS 748 - Structural Bioinformatics
GBS 755 - Integrative Informatics
GBS 787 - Computational Genomics

New Journal Club:
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Journal Club

Discovery reveals more of inherited risk for rare disease. UAB GGB PhD candidate, Jing Xie, is a co-author on this new and exciting paper.

UAB launches Undiagnosed Diseases Program. This new UAB clinical program will tackle cases where a diagnosis has not been made despite extensive efforts by the referring physician. Click here to read more.

Announcing a new Genetics and Genomics Journal Club, which will meet Tuesday mornings at 10 am beginning Fall Semester 2013 in the Finley Conference Center. For more information, email


Lean more about our exciting partnership: Our students may now perform lab rotations and do their thesis work in laboratories of HudsonAlpha investigators in Huntsville, AL. The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is the cornerstone of a 150-acre biotech campus strategically located in Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. Researchers at HudsonAlpha are making discoveries and transforming new knowledge into solutions to make significant advancements in health, wellbeing, and livelihood. UAB GGB second year student, Ben Weaver has joined the lab of Dr. Greg Cooper. Read more about this partnership.

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