Innovation and Excellence in Training and Research

The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers a large and diverse community of scientists focused on innovation in modern biomedicine. The thrill of discovery is evident across campus—UAB routinely ranks among the top research-intensive universities for extramural funding and research productivity.

The Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS) Doctoral Training Program is designed to provide you with rigorous, interdisciplinary education and mentorship in a wide array of scientific disciplines. GBS trainees can perform doctoral research in more than 350 different labs across campus. Because of the program's scale and the number of affiliated faculty, it is subdivided into eight individual themes that 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

Within all of GBS, the coursework and research opportunities are designed to allow students the opportunity to explore interests across multiple themes or focus in-depth on a research area of interest.

Our Goals

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 Ph.D. in science is serious. Each trainee in our program has a different goal or dream. Graduates of the program pursue careers in research, education, clinical practice, science administration/policy, and more. Our mission is to help you reach your goals.

Our Impact

The interdisciplinary nature of GBS allows us to have a wide impact across UAB.  We have approximately 330 students, which by theme is:

• 40 students: Biochemistry, Structural, and Stem Cell Biology
• 40 students: Cancer Biology
• 50 students: Cell, Developmental, and Molecular Biology
• 35 students: Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics
• 50 students: Immunology
• 35 students: Microbiology
• 40 students: Neuroscience
• 40 students: Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine

We are affiliated with more than 350 faculty, 33 departments, 7 schools, and 20 research centers across UAB, in addition to having partnerships with Southern Research and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

Ready to Learn More?

This website provide insights into the academic features of the program that are common to all eight of the themes, as well as theme-specific pages, student resources, admissions requirements, and other information. Please take a tour of what the GBS program can offer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us—each theme has specific contact information, or you can contact the GBS staff.