Overview of Program

Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine (PBMM) is a component of the Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS) at UAB. The advantage of joining PBMM is that students have full access to all 350+ faculty within the GBS, including those not within PBMM.  This gives students the broadest opportunity possible to move their studies in the direction that they find most interesting. PBMM, in fact, is composed of over 130 active research faculty that are utilizing state-of-the-art resources and ideas to drive the field of molecular medicine forward. Within PBMM, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself at the leading edge of biomedicine and translational research and to share in the excitement first-hand by working alongside research pioneers.

During your first year, you will complete a series of rigorous courses that includes training in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, cellular physiology and pathobiology. There will also be ample time allotted for you to attend research seminars, learn to make scientific presentations and to perform 3-4 laboratory rotations.  These rotations are designed to give the student a practical introduction to bench research and to help the student choose a faculty mentor. After the first year there will be additional coursework directed in your area of interest, but the main focus will be on intensive research training within the laboratory.  Here, guided by your mentor and graduate advisory committee, you will develop critical technical and analytical skills that will form the basis of your dissertation research.

Graduates of the PBMM training program will be fully prepared to address the most complex and challenging issues in disease biology and therapy and be well positioned to pursue work in academic, industrial or government research or related positions.  Training for the PhD degree is generally completed within four to six years, depending on the student's background and training goals.  

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