As state and federal support for higher education is rapidly shrinking, UAB relies on the generosity of its many friends and benefactors to fund high-quality education and support distinguished research programs like those carried out in the Microbiology Department.

The research results of faculty and students in the Microbiology Department often serve as a driving force for many significant scientific advances. This outstanding work attracts national and international attention. UAB and the Microbiology Department continue to place among the top in national surveys.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is the top university and eighth overall institution among those ranked in the “Best Places to Work – Postdocs” survey published in The Scientist.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is among 11 universities nationally (and the only Alabama university) to earn the prestigious Beckman Scholars Award, which provides scholarship funds to universities demonstrating exceptional mentoring and training of undergraduate researchers. The first Beckman Scholarship Award was presented in 2012 to UAB Microbiology Department student Timothy Fernandez, a senior undergraduate student working in the lab of Jamil Saad, Ph.D.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is ranked 32nd nationally in federal research funding and 20th in funding from the National Institutes of Health (10th among public universities).

In the 2016 edition of the Best Global Universities issued by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is ranked 200th in the world and places in the top 75 US universities. UAB also was highly ranked in three subcategories: 25 in microbiology, 27 in immunology and 50 in clinical medicine.

Although UAB is a public university, donor support is needed now more than ever to help us maintain academic excellence and cutting-edge programs and keep talented, award-winning faculty.

Your private gift allows the UAB Microbiology Department to provide students with a margin of excellence that cannot be accomplished with state and federal funding alone. Please join us in investing in the future of the UAB Microbiology Department and give online today or call Rachel Fornest, Development Coordinator at (205) 975-5559.

Committed to the study of infectious and immune-mediated diseases

The UAB Department of Microbiology is consistently ranked amongst the best microbiology departments in the country, and faculty currently hold more than 50 grants and $13 million in extramural grant funding. We are a vibrant highly collaborative research community actively serving the university mission of excellence in research, service and teaching. 

It is an exciting time to be a scientist at UAB and in the Department of Microbiology. The department is actively recruiting new faculty members and with our existing cadre of investigators and the new faculty who join us, we plan to capitalize on the department’s strong foundation and heritage to build a scientifically rich environment that will allow us to meet our twin missions of carrying out cutting-edge, fundamental basic and translational research to improve human health and educating the next generation of scientists who will lead the fight against infectious and immune-mediated diseases.

Research

We are improving human health by carrying out cutting-edge, fundamental basic and translational research focusing on the bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause human disease. Faculty in the Department of Microbiology have research programs in five broad yet interconnected areas; Microbial Pathogenesis, Immunology, Virology, Structural Biology and Cancer.

Education

We are educating and training the next generation of scientists, educators and entrepreneurs who will lead the fight against infectious and immune-mediated diseases. Department of Microbiology faculty participate in teaching classes to undergraduate, graduate and medical students and serve as the organizers and course directors for a number of the graduate level classes.

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