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Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology (CDIB) Ph.D. Program: Overview


Director of Graduate Program

Dr. Jim Collawn

Phone: (205) 975-7145

Fax: (205) 975-5648


Program Coordinator

Rene Eubank

Phone: (205) 975-7145

Fax: (205) 975-5648


Graduate Program Student Handbook


Molecular, cellular, and developmental biology have entered a new era in which recently developed techniques are rapidly unraveling the basic principles of cell function and developmental biology. The aim of the Graduate Program in Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology is to prepare a new generation of investigators who will contribute to this program. Our department is closely affiliated with several of the themes listed below in the Graduate Biomedical Sciences Program (GBS).


First-year graduate students in our department enter graduate school through the Graduate Biomedical Sciences Program that is an umbrella program for eight different themes of study. Click on each of the links below to find out more about each theme of study.   


The GBS Program at UAB includes approximately 440 graduate students and 350 faculty members from 25 departments and 20 research centers. We also have a large population of M.D./Ph.D. students in GBS that enter through the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)


Students in our department carry out their research in state-of-the-art laboratories. In addition, the department maintains core laboratories for light and electron microscopy, microspectrometry, tissue culture, protein and RNA biochemistry, graphics, and computer analysis.


Faculty interests include: neuroimmunology, protein folding disorders (cystic fibrosis), cellular stress responses, transcriptional regulation, mRNA structure, microRNA function, the role of SNPs in protein folding, TGF-beta signaling, early Xenopus embryogenesis, protein trafficking and endocytosis, the roles of and lineage relationships between effector CD4 T cell subsets during chronic inflammatory disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, C. elegans development and fertilization, virus host interactions, X-ray crystallographic studies on molecular chaperones, membrane traffic in the secretory pathway, morphogenesis in mammals, cilia function, skeletal muscle mass regulation, cell matrix interactions in disease and tissue regeneration, cellular and molecular physiology of acid-base transporters and pH regulation, epithelial sodium channel function, the CFTR chloride channel, synaptic plasticity and hippocampal dependent learning, regulation of pulmonary ion channels, glial potassium channels and glutamate transporters in injury and abnormal development, role of lipid mediators in signal transduction, airway inflammation and lung function, the role of the membrane cytoskeleton, regulation of GPCR trafficking and signaling, and immunoendocrinology.  


Admissions information, and the web-based application for Graduate Biomedical Sciences is found here.