The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) offers a tremendous, diverse community of scientists focused on innovation in modern biomedicine. As evidence of the excellence and innovation of the research community, UAB is routinely ranked among the top research-intensive universities for extramural funding and research productivity. The thrill of discovery is evident across campus.

The Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS) Doctoral Training Program is designed to provide our trainees with rigorous, interdisciplinary education and mentorship in a wide array of scientific disciplines, ranging from the study of fundamental cellular processes to translational therapeutic strategies. GBS trainees can perform their doctoral research in more than 350 different labs across campus. Because of the scale of the program and the number of affiliated faculty, the training program is subdivided into eight individual themes, based on scientific disciplies. These themes provide discipline-specific training and opportunities for smaller-scale connections within the overall community.

The eight GBS themes are:

  • Biochemistry, Structural, and Stem Cell Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell, Developmental and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine

The goal of the GBS program is to provide our students with all of the resources they need to cultivate excellence in their careers, irrespective of individual goals or aspirations. To accomplish this goal, we take advantage of the exceptional research capacity of our community, the commitment of our faculty to excellence in mentorship, and modern, flexible methods for educating young professionals in advanced scientific topics. We realize that the decision to pursue a PhD in science is serious. Each trainee in our program has a different goal or dream. Our mission is to help each student reach those goals, to the best of his or her ability.


Thank you for taking an interest in our program. Here, we provide insights into the features of the program that are common to all eight of the themes, as well as links to theme-specific pages. Please take a tour of what the GBS program can offer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.