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About the GGB Theme

The Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics graduate theme offers close day-to-day interactions between students and faculty, both in the classroom and in the laboratory. The research interests of our faculty span the fields of genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, cancer, biochemistry, cell biology, and developmental biology. Modern molecular approaches are used to study gene structure, expression, and function in diverse experimental systems from humans and mice to bacteria. The GGB is also designed to permit close collaborations during the Ph.D. training period between graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty, while also encouraging full participation in the larger community of biological scientists at UAB.


Daniel C. Bullard, Ph.D.
Director, GGB Theme
Department of Genetics
Phone: (205) 934-7768
e-mail: dcbullard@uab.edu

Kai Jiao, Ph.D.
Co-Director, GGB Theme
Department of Genetics
e-mail: kjiao@uab.edu

Nan Travis
GGB Theme Manager
e-mail: ntravis@uab.edu
Pictured: GGB Theme Students at the 2013 Dept. of Genetics Retreat
  • UAB’s Undiagnosed Diseases Program is the court of last resort for those with baffling diseases that have never been diagnosed.Bruce Korf, M.D., Ph.D., Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Chair in Medical Genetics, Professor and Chair, Department of GeneticsFor a medical mystery that defies explanation or diagnosis, the Undiagnosed Diseases Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is the court of last resort. Launched in October 2013, the program aims to unravel the most perplexing medical cases in which a diagnosis has not previously been made. “Undiagnosed diseases present a critical unmet need, with patients often cycling through the medical...

  • Haydeh Payami, Ph.D., a leading geneticist recruited to the UAB-Hudson Alpha Center for Genomic Medicine and UAB Personalized Medicine Institute, is exploring the protective power of coffee and nicotine — and the mysteries of the microbiome — in Parkinson’s disease.Written by Matt WindsorWhen you hear the phrase “good genes,” you probably picture a supermodel like Kate Upton, or a sports superstar like Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper. People, in other words, who may have worked hard for their success, but were blessed with some helpful genes as well. Superstar geneticist Haydeh Payami, Ph.D., has spent the past two decades searching for...

  • Hundreds of students will present academic pursuits in cutting-edge research topics.Hundreds of UAB students will present academic pursuits in cutting edge research topics.The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Office of Undergraduate Research will host nearly 200 student presentations during its Summer Expo on Friday, July 24.  The EXPO celebrates excellence in research, creative activity and scholarship by showcasing the academic endeavors of undergraduate students covering more than three-quarters of the majors offered at UAB. Undergraduates will have the opportunity to present what they have learned through their research experiences to an audience. This event also provides a forum for students, faculty and the community to...

  • UAB’s Korf recognized for contributions in the field of genetics with election to fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.Bruce Korf, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.  This year, 401 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. As part of the Section on Biological Sciences,...

  • “Twitch,” a film about a young woman’s journey as she is tested for Huntington’s disease, will be previewed on campus.Kristen Powers“Twitch,” a documentary film chronicling the emotional journey of an 18-year-old as she is tested for a degenerative genetic disease, will be screened on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Volker Hall, 1670 University Blvd. Kristen Powers, the producer and star of the film, will be at the screening of her movie, which follows her genetic testing for Huntington’s disease, a neurological brain disorder that led to the death of her...